Recognition of the American Fisheries Society Professional Certification Program

The AFS is the world's leading association of fisheries professionals, and it has established certification criteria.

Credit: Travis Neebling

Credit: Travis Neebling

Search the Internet and ask your schools, agencies, peers – the American Fisheries Society continuously shows up as THE place to earn a professional certification in the world of fisheries.

With an AFS Fisheries Professional Certification, your work as a fisheries professional and will put you in a category distinct from other fisheries professionals due to the world renowned reputation and the high standards of the certification process we offer.

(See below for a list of just some of the major institutions, agencies, and societies that recognize the AFS Fisheries Professional Certification.)

We know the benefits employers receive when they hire one of our own, but do you know the benefits you will receive? Try these:

An AFS Fisheries Professional Certification will give you a leg up in getting the best jobs:

• When developing the certification, we cast a wide net on what we felt a professional should know, so holding a certification quickly establishes a certified fisheries professional as credible in a wide range of settings. So certified fisheries professionals have a greater range of career opportunities.
• In a competitive marketplace, this dedication sets you apart from others and demonstrates that you are interested in fisheries as a profession, not just a job.
• Many jobs require certification for hiring and promotion, and your certification is the one most recognized.
• It represents achievement of a career goal
• It represents a credential necessary to perform their job.

An AFS Fisheries Professional Certification can help you earn more money.

• Many state agencies provide salary incentives for certified fisheries professionals.
• Many in the private sector also compensate for certification.
• Certification can help you get a promotion
• Certification gives you a competitive edge when applying for grants and awarded that are based on professional qualifications
You will have earned an extra measure of professionalism.
• Certification is a benefit when testifying or serving as an expert witness.
• Certification is designed to encourage career-long enhancement of knowledge and skills, so it will demonstrates continuing professional development and career advancement to employers (showing your continuously improve yourself professionally, as it requires certification renewal at five-year intervals).
Professional certification serves as a mark of accomplishment, as a board of certified fisheries professionals will have objectively reviewed your qualifications.
• Certification is practiced across a broad range of professions, certification programs provide standards and guidelines for professional recognition.

Becoming a certified fisheries professional will provide personal satisfaction.

• Certification provides a measure of status and credibility among your peers.
• Certification provides a measure of status and credibility within your Society.
• Certification fosters broader recognition of fisheries professionals as well-educated and experienced, acting in the best interest of the public.
• Certification provides governmental and nongovernmental agencies and organizations, private firms, courts, and the general public with a definitive minimum standard of experience and education for fisheries professionals

Just some of the universities and colleges that recognize the American Fisheries Society Professional Certification

California Polytechnic State University
Clemson University
Eastern New Mexico University
Emporia State University
Frostburg State University
Michigan State University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State
Portland State
Purdue University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
University of Amherst – Massachusetts
University of Georgia
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Wyoming
West Virginia University

Just some of the agencies, societies, businesses, etc., that recognize the American Fisheries Society Professional Certification

Environmental Careers
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
Mt. Parnell Fisheries. Inc.
National Military Fish and Wildlife Association
Ross Taylor and Associates - Fisheries Consulting
Soil and Water Conservation Society
U.S. Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources Conservation

Thanks to AFS Member Dirk Miller for much of the information listed above.