Pollinator Steward Certification

This unique certification program is offered only by Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C), the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of pollinators and their habitat. Pollinator Partnership has been at the forefront of pollinator research, education and habitat improvement for over 20 years. Certification as a Pollinator Steward demonstrates that you have a science-based understanding of pollinators and gives you the practical know-how to help them. Certification also shows that you have used your knowledge to create habitat and educate others.

The first Pollinator Stewardship Certification online training modules will be open to all starting in Winter 2022. Subscribe here for priority registration!

A certification program for farmers, land managers, individuals, communities, and organizations

Training

The training component of Certification involves in person learning, online modules, or a hybrid. Training is flexible and can meet the needs and interests of different groups. To achieve certification, participants must demonstrate understanding of the following components, which comprise approximately 10 hours of training with additional discussion/question periods. Only Pollinator Partnership Canada can award the P2C Pollinator Steward Certification.

Training must include:

  • Pollinator Basics: pollination ecology, information on main pollinators, focus on bees (managed and native), conservation issues, habitat needs, how to help
  • Indigenous Perspectives: Indigenous knowledge, history, culture, relationships and considerations in your region
  • Selecting Plants for Pollinators: information on coevolution, and consideration of local environment, history, habitat and native plants
  • Habitat enhancement techniques: options from preservation, enhancement, and maintaining habitat for pollinators with practical details. This section can include several modules on creating and maintaining specific habitat types (eg, meadows, wetlands, hedgerows, urban etc)
  • Identifying and Monitoring Pollinators: how to tell bees, flies, and wasps apart, some of the main bee groups, and how to monitoring pollinator populations formally and informally
  • Outreach and Education: learn options for spreading your knowledge and inspiring others

The following components are recommended:

  • Planning, budgeting, barriers, and implementation
  • In-depth exploration of other pollinator groups (eg butterflies, beetles)
  • Artificial pollinator nesting habitat (bee houses)

Follow-up

In order to receive Pollinator Steward Certification and the ability to use the stamp, follow up activities are required within 6 months of completion of the training modules (up to one year will be considered if activities are dependent on season). Follow up activities are in two categories: 1. Habitat and 2. Education/Outreach. To be certified, demonstration of at least one activity from each category is required. Existing activities (initiated before the workshop) are eligible on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Pollinator Partnership Canada or a designated representative.

Examples of eligible enhancement activities include:

Habitat Actions
Outreach Actions

Creation of pollinator habitat; any size, any
location

Creating and disseminating pollinator and garden signage

Removal of invasive plant species

Connecting with other community members and schools to spread pollinator education

Alteration of management practices to promote pollinator health

Art/science outreach through crafts and installations

Use of the Pollinator Steward Certification Stamp

Once participants have completed the workshop and P2C has confirmed the Habitat and Education criteria have been met, the Steward will receive a high-resolution Pollinator Steward stamp. This stamp can only be used by the individual that was certified. The certified individual can not transfer the stamp or certification to anyone else, nor are they able to certify other individuals. The Pollinator Steward Certification (and stamp) show that the individual has a science and lifecycle based understanding of pollinator needs, and understands habitat creation according to those principles. For example, the certified individual can include the stamp on correspondence, email signatures, resumes, and on social media. Contact us if you are interested in certification for an organization.

Consider hosting a Pollinator Steward Certification Training Session!

Demonstrate that you and your organization or community are Pollinator Stewards!

Pollinator Partnership Canada staff can organize and conduct virtual or in-person training (on hold during COVID) for your group. Cost is dependent on amount of logistics P2 is required to carry out (new content required, venue, local expert speakers, site visit etc).

Please contact stewards@pollinator.org with any questions, or to discuss developing a training session or hosting a workshop for your group.