Certified Rangeland Managers

The California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management (Cal-Pac SRM) provides its professional certification program to promote professional standards in all activities devoted to rangeland resources, and to evaluate the education and professional experience of rangeland managers.

Becoming A Certified Rangeland Manager

What is a Certified Rangeland Manager?

Certification as a “Certified Rangeland Manager” (CRM) constitutes recognition that the applicant meets minimum educational, experience, and ethical standards adopted by CalPac-SRM.  Licensing may be granted by the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection following certification by the CalPac-SRM, successful completion of a written exam, adherence to ethical requirements, and payment of state license renewal fees.

How can I become a Certified Rangeland Manager?

The Board of Forestry has certified CalPac-SRM’s independent program as protecting the public interest in accordance with Public Resources Code 762 and 772 and 14 CCR 1650 and 1651, such that certification by CalPac-SRM qualifies an individual for a state CRM license without further examination but subject to the Board’s additional licensing fees. This program serves the unique needs for certification of professional rangeland managers in California. Learn more about the Universities that offer degree programs or courses for continuing education by clicking the link below!

The Associate Rangeland Manager

CalPac-SRM also provides an “Associate Rangeland Manager” (ARM) program as a preliminary step towards certification as a CRM.  It is offered to applicants who meet the educational requirements for certification as a CRM, but do not yet meet the experience requirements.  The ARM program does not directly present the opportunity for certification as a CRM or licensing by the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Steps To Becoming a Certified Rangeland Manager in California

The CRM license is a specialty certificate under California’s Forest Practice Rules and has no transferability with other SRM certification programs. The CRM license is highly recommended for any rangeland management work, but is required for any rangeland management work (see above) on forested landscapes with at least 10% tree canopy in California. The CRM license is not required for federal lands such as national forests or when private landowners are managing their own private property.

Becoming an ARM

Click to apply to become a Associate Rangeland Manager!

Becoming a CRM

Click to apply to become a Certified Rangeland Manager!

Other CRM Resources

Brochure For Applicants

Learn more about our program through a brochure!

Letters of Recommendation

Helpful hints for obtaining an excellent letter of recommendation.

Academic Experience & Coursework

Academic and experience requirements to be eligible for licensing in California CRM.

Educational Credits as a CRM

How to get continuing education credits to meet program requirements.

Quick Links

CRM Description

Professional Foresters Registration

Program Policy

California & International SRM