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Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification

The Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification verifies individuals have obtained exceptional knowledge and skills in the areas of ecological principles and wildlife management, as well as habitat, forest, grasslands, wetlands and waterfowl conservation and management. 


Meeting the Industry Need

The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by Ducks Unlimited, the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Using a grassroots, volunteer-based organizational structure, Ducks Unlimited has built a successful partnership with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities to conserve, restore and manage North America's Wetlands. 

The certification validates individuals have acquired a solid understanding of ecological principles. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to pursue a meaningful career in natural resources management. Additionally, the certification allows employers to identify and connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jumpstarting individuals’ careers.



Discover job opportunities aligned with the skills acquired through this certification.

As a result of the greater value society has begun to place on natural resources and the environment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 3,000 job openings each year.

Related Occupations

  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Conservation Scientists
  • Foresters
  • Fishing & Hunting Workers
  • Forest & Conservation Technicians

Industry Standards

The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and concepts from the following weighted industry standards:


Ecological Principles
  • Ecological Systems
  • Ecological Succession
  • Monitoring & Sustaining Ecosystems



Wildlife Conservation & Management
  • North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
  • Population Ecology
  • Management Plans



Species Identification
  • Non-Game Animals
  • Predator & Furbearers
  • Game & Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl



Habitat Conservation & Management
  • Types of Habitats
  • History of Conservation
  • Importance of Conservation
  • Benefits, Threats, Legislation & Conservation & Management of the Following Habitats:
    • Forests
    • Grasslands
    • Wetlands



Are you a Certified Wildlife Biologist®?

Earn the certification for CEUs!

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The Wildlife Society's (TWS) Continuing Education Program requires Certified Wildlife Biologists® (CWB®) and Professional Development Certificate holders to seek ongoing learning opportunities to maintain their status with TWS. The renewal program requires CWB®s to complete contact hours in one of six different professional activity categories.

The Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification qualifies for continuing education units (CEUs) within the Self-Directed Activities section (Category V) on the CWB® Renewal Application while preparing to take the exam for certification. The Renewal and Professional Development Certificate programs operate on an honor-based system, so applicants must log their completed hours on their Renewal Application or their Professional Development Certificate Application.

The amount of time spent reviewing the content in the preparation materials will determine how many hours can be credited for CWB® renewal or professional development. Credit accrues at the rate of 1 CEU for each hour of activity. Preparation time will vary by participant, and no CEUs can be earned by simply taking the exam. CEUs will only be earned during the time preparing for the exam, such as watching videos and studying PowerPoints.


Optional Cert Prep


Optional Certification Preparation Materials

The iCEV online curriculum platform offers a variety of preparatory content and resources designed to prepare individuals to earn industry certifications.

Featured Support Letters

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Free Ducks Unlimited Membership for Certification Earners

Individuals who earn the Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification are eligible to claim a free one-year Ducks Unlimited membership. Join the effort to conserve critical wetland habitats for waterfowl and other important wildlife.

Certification earners will receive information about claiming their membership upon delivery of the paper certificate.

About Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

"It’s important that students understand not only the conservation and ecology of wildlife and wildlife habitat, but also their personal roles as future stewards."

Mark Horobetz
Manager of National R3 Programs
Ducks Unlimited

Interested in Verifying a Candidate’s Certification?

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If you do not have a certification number, please contact our customer support team to verify your candidate at: or 1-800-922-9965.

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