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FMA Qualifications


Standards established September 29, 2004, but still current

Prospective observers must have:

1. A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences.

2. Successfully completed a minimum of 30 semester hours or equivalent in applicable biological sciences with extensive use of dichotomous keys in at least one course.

3. Successfully completed at least one undergraduate course each in math and statistics with a minimum of 5 semester hours total for both.

4. Computer skills that enable the candidate to work competently with standard database software and computer hardware.









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