Trained Practitioners

The individuals listed below have completed one or more Practitioner training course(s) for the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). The wetland-class module(s) for which courses were completed is(are) shown. Examples of course agendas for each wetland module currently available can be found here.

Inclusion in this list confirms course completion. There is currently no official CRAM certification program; hence inclusion on this list does not constitute any endorsement or certification of an individual's competence in conduction CRAM assessments. Find more information on CRAM here.

Course Descriptions


The Practitioner CRAM Training is structured as a 5-day "General CRAM Training". This 5-day course provides a broad understanding of the methodology, assumptions, and background to conduct field assessments for multiple types of wetlands. Sessions will equip practitioners with overall knowledge of how CRAM is used to assess multiple types of wetlands, and also details specific to each type. However, the field portion of each session will focus on two specific wetland types, so that practitioners gain experience in accurately and consistently conducting assessments using these two CRAM modules.

Previously trained practitioners that have attended at least 5 days of training (2 modules) are considered fully trained (meaning the equivalent of the current 5-day training). Previously trained practitioners that have attended a 3-day training are considered trained only in the module that they attended (most likely Riverine or Vernal Pools). Starting in April 2013, new practitioners will need to attend and successfully complete a 5-day format session to be considered fully trained in CRAM.

The only exception to the training structure is for Vernal Pool wetlands. This wetland type will continue to be taught as a single wetland module, separate from the 5-day general CRAM training. This is due primarily to the unique nature of the metrics in the module and the plant species found in these wetlands, which limit the time frame and locations in which the training can be offered.


This 2-day class and field course is intended to provide agency staff with a fundamental understanding of CRAM and its use for regulatory applications. Primary objectives of this course are to provide agency staff with the following:

  • A general understanding of the conceptual structure and approach of CRAM;
  • A cursory technical overview in CRAM application for riverine and estuarine wetlands;
  • An in-depth understanding of CRAM for project and regulatory applications;
  • Recommendations for reviewing CRAM reports and associated data products;
  • Interpretation of CRAM scores;
  • Guidance on eCRAM and attendant quality assurance procedures; and
  • An introduction to the California Wetland Portals and project tracking.

Trainee List

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