Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CMMP Application Period Begins November 1st!

How many times have you visited a marine mammal facility and dreamt of making that your career? Many people who come to Dolphin Research Center ask us how we got into the field. We’ve all had different educational routes and various internship or volunteer experiences. When we were looking for a way to work with marine mammals, there was no school or educational program that gave us all of the tools needed to follow our dreams. However, there is now.

In response to the limited availability of licensed professional educational programs that prepare individuals for careers regarding the behavior, care and training of marine mammals, DRC has established the The College of Marine Mammal Professions (CMMP).

Students enrolled in CMMP will gain hands on experience and knowledge needed to work with marine mammals. Our staff will provide you with the skills to be in demand by marine mammal facilities, zoos, and aquariums. Furthermore, you will be trained to work with the public on programs as well as learn how to do each step involved in marine mammal care, from fish house to medical procedures to enrichment.

The CMMP will begin taking applications on November 1st, 2012 with a postmark deadline of November 30th, 2012.

All applicants must complete a minimum of 24 general education quarter credits including the specific courses listed below prior to applying to the MMBT program. These courses must be completed with a "C" grade or better. The courses must be taken at an Accredited College or University. High School classes do not apply toward the prerequisites. A previously attained associate’s or bachelor’s degree may be considered by the college for equivalency.

The following documents must be sent to the College of Marine Mammal Professions Program Office in one envelope between November 1 and November 30, of the academic year of the program for which the student is applying (see current academic calendar).

a. All official, sealed college transcripts documenting successful completion of the prerequisite coursework with a C or better;

b. Completed MMCBT program application form.

c. Two sealed letters of recommendation from a person unrelated to the applicant and whom the applicant has known for 2 years or more.

Information on the College can be found on DRC’s website:

An application can be downloaded at the link below:

For any questions regarding the College, please contact: cmmp@dolphins.org

Please like CMMP on Facebook for further information: http://www.facebook.com/#!/CollegeOfMarineMammalProfessions