In much of the world, many vocations require a specific degree from an accredited educational institution that includes an established curriculum. These educational prerequisites are established in an attempt to insure that everyone involved has demonstrated a level of competency in related areas of study. In the care-giving vocations, these requirements are an attempt to ensure a minimum standard of care.
Because the field of wildlife rehabilitation is a fairly new vocation, the requirements for becoming a legal practitioner are in constant flux and they vary widely around the world. Depending on geographic area, a rehabilitator may be required to undergo a lengthy apprenticeship followed by a challenging qualifier exam prior to being allowed to practice, while in other areas the individual may not need to demonstrate any knowledge or skill at all. This challenges the credibility of our field and the work that we do.
The Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator™ provides a reliable validation of training and experience that will accelerate professional development and enhance credibility. Certification shows permitting agency personnel, veterinarians, grant organizations, members of the public, and your fellow rehabilitators that you are committed to professionalism and providing the highest quality care.
Certification is a mark of excellence you carry wherever you go.