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.

General Training for Practitioners

CRAM practitioners that have completed the 5-Day General Training, previously known as Practitioner-Level training, are qualified to conduct field assessments. This course trains practitioners who will primarily be conducting site assessments, interpreting CRAM scores, designing assessment or monitoring projects, writing reports using CRAM data, and interacting with managers and agency staff. It provides participants with a broad understanding of the methodology, assumptions, and background of the method, as well as with intensive field-based practice to be able to accurately conduct field assessments for multiply wetland types. The field portion will focus on two specific wetland types, however practitioners will be equipped with the skills to conduct an assessment on any wetland type, with the exception of Vernal Pools. A specific 3-day Vernal Pools class is required for assessments in this wetland type.

To be considered fully trained and qualified to conduct field assessments, the practitioner must have successfully completed:

  • a 5-day General Training, or
  • a 3-day training plus an additional 2-day training in another module (this structure applied prior to 2013)

Those practitioners that have attended a 3-day Vernal Pool training are trained in the Vernal Pool module only.

Those practitioners that have attended a 3-day Riverine training (prior to 2013) are trained in the Riverine module only.

Manager-Level Training (for project managers, designers, planners, and regulatory staff)

The 2-day Manager-Level training is intended for project managers, designers, planners, and regulatory staff that need a fundamental understanding of CRAM and its application for project management and regulatory applications. This course does not provide the rigorous hands-on field time conducting assessments that the General Training provides, and thus these participants will not develop the skills necessary to conduct field assessments.

Training Frequency

The Level 2 Committee (CRAM oversight committee) of the California Wetland Monitoring Workgroup recommends that practitioners remain current in the method. It is recommended that:

  • If trained in 2013 or later, and have conducted very few assessments, the practitioner should attend a 1-Day Refresher Training. This class is also helpful for those practitioners that have been practicing regularly.
  • If trained prior to 2013, and have conducted very few assessments, the practitioner should attend a 5-Day General Training.
  • If trained prior to 2013, and have been regularly practicing, the practitioner should attend either a 1-Day Refresher Training or a 5-Day General Training.

If an error in any training record is found, please contact [email protected].

Trainee List

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