Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for the Master Watershed Steward Certification Course?
Attendance at one of our orientations is required prior to submitting an application. Information sessions are held May-September in various locations around Anne Arundel County. Information sessions last about an hour and are designed to provide detailed information about the certification course and the role of a Master Watershed Steward.
After attending an information session, candidates may submit an online application. WSA will accept up to 35 people in the course.
How long does it take to become a Certified Master Watershed Steward?
Typically, classes begin in mid to late October and meet a few times a month through April with a break for the winter holidays. From April to November, Steward Candidates work on completing their Capstone Projects and graduation is held in December. Overall the certification process is about 13 months. We are currently working on innovating our course and this format is subject to change.
How much does this course cost?
The certification course costs $250. Limited scholarships are generally available for those who indicate a need on their application.
Does the Master Watershed Steward Certification expire?
Certified Stewards maintain their certification annually by:
Completing at least 8 hours continuing education
Contributing a minimum 40 hours of community service on restoration efforts within their community
Attending 3 networking meetings.
Will I have to pay for my own project?
No. During the course, Steward Candidates will learn to identify and apply for grants and other funding to secure money for their restoration projects. WSA also raises funds through private donations and grants to support parts of Steward Capstone Projects.