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Certification -- Macrolichens west of the Cascade crest

  • 01 Sep 2023
  • 6:00 PM
  • 03 Sep 2023
  • 1:00 PM
  • H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest
  • 5


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Regular registration, which includes written and practical parts, shared facility fee, and housing. One guest with shared room can be included for the additional cost of the second bed in a shared room. Bedrooms have two single beds. If you require a private room, you can request this at registration, but there is an additional charge for the unused bed.
  • Regular registration, with written and practical parts, but no housing provided. You would need to stay off site, but could use our shared meeting facility.
  • Covers written exam only, no field practical, no lodging, remote access only. This assumes that you have previously passed the practical exam.

Registration is closed

This is our every-other-year west-side certification, open to anyone.

Registration will open soon (TBA), until Aug. 1, about 1 month before the event. Payment is required for registration.

For more general information on the certification program and format, please see the Certification pages on the NWL website.

The exam is offered every two years, and the location is changed each year, so this will be a great opportunity to be certified in Oregon. After this year, the next exam will be held in 2023, and will probably be in Washington.

The NWL Certification Exam will take place 1-3 September at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, OR. The exam will be challenging but rewarding. The examiner is Amanda Hardman.

THIS YEAR: We are not offering a separate training at the same time, but we encourage you to participate even if you do not feel you are ready for the certification exam. Make it a learning experience! 

HOUSING: Andrews Experimental Forest rents nice apartments with shared cooking facilities. Details to come later.

TIMING: Check in late Friday afternoon. Exam starts 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, finishes by 4 p.m. on Sunday.

COST:  Cost (to be paid on this website) includes lodging and facility rental. For those taking ONLY the written exam, to be taken remotely by Zoom (for anyone needing to repeat just that), the cost is much reduced.

WHY DO IT? Lichen Certification is a valuable addition to your resume, agency botanists and private contracting companies view it as a plus when considering who gets federal contracts and internal jobs.

LODGING details:  Andrews Experimental Forest. Each apartment cluster has a shared kitchen and multiple bedrooms. Attendees should bring and prepare their own meals. 


QUESTIONS: Please contact NWL if you have any concerns, questions, or doubts.

Also bring:

  • books and references
  • extension cord
  • dissecting scope
  • lamp for your scope
  • tools and chemicals (the examiners will have a set of chemicals but if you have our own, bring them)
  • collection equipment
  • paper for clean packets (can be recycled 1 side)
  • food for yourself (shared kitchens)
  • snacks and drinks for the identification day!

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