Available Fall 2019


The Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification verifies individuals have acquired a solid understanding of ecological principles.

Meeting the Industry Need

Responsible land and water use, along with conservation methods, are important for the future of natural resources. To help the next generation understand ecology issues and gain experience in the field that helps lead to a meaningful career, Ducks Unlimited has developed the Ecology & Conservation Management Certification.

The Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification verifies that students 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 management.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. The continued need for wildfire prevention and suppression services will help drive demand for conservation scientists and foresters.

Industry Standards

Ecological Principles
Wildlife Management
North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife Population Ecology
Wildlife ID Series
Principles of Habitat Conservation & Management

Forests: Conservation & Management
Grasslands: Conservation & Management
Wetlands: Conservation & Management
Wetlands: Ecosystem Goods & Services
Waterfowl Ecology
Waterfowl: Conservation & Management

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 Youth & Education Programs
Ducks Unlimited