Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®)
Credential Training Programs

This program is designed to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities, as well as to advance their entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Leveraging a combination of on-demand online training resources and in-person cohort training, this workshop series will prepare attendees for the CC-P® exams and satisfy most elective requirements for the credential.

The curriculum in this training series will be regionally tailored for Maryland and the mid-Atlantic United States.  Professionals across occupations and leadership roles in the public/private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this series.

About the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) Credential

As the implications of climate change on operations, missions and organizational interests, demand for skilled and seasoned professionals able to integrate an understanding of climate change and related response strategies into decision-making across professional functions will surge.  Earning the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) signifies that you have developed the fundamentals skills and knowledge to effectively support climate change initiatives and connects you to the premier community of professionals, organizations and experts worldwide.

Who Should Enroll

  • Mid-level practitioners and senior executives in local/state government agencies and the private sector with roles related to planning, infrastructure, emergency management, energy, facilities, resilience, sustainability, environment, operations or risk management

  • Non-profit organization staff working with local/state government agencies on resilience, sustainability, economic development or public health planning

  • Faculty in higher-education institutions and community colleges teaching in programs related to public policy, business management, civil engineering, public health, emergency management and law

Program Requirements

  • Fully attend all three of the two-day classes as scheduled;

  • Actively participate in classroom exercises in good faith collaboration with fellow participants;

  • Conduct approximately 3-5 hours of self-study in advance of each of the first two classes in the 3-part series;

  • Complete a pre-class questionnaire for the State; and

  • Take a 30-40 minute knowledge assessment that will be provided prior to the first class.

Participation in the Training

Participation in the Maryland Leadership Climate Academy is made possible by the State of Maryland.  Food and beverage is being provided by the Association of Climate Change Officers. Individuals who do not meet or satisfy the requirements without reasonable justification may be ruled ineligible to participate in future Maryland Climate Leadership Academy or ACCO programs.

There is no fee to attend this training program.

CC-P® Credential Requirements & Exam Fees

Upcoming CC-P®
Prep Programs

Deadline extended for Cohorts E & F:
September 3, 2019

Cohort D
Montgomery College

Class #1: June 3-4, 2019
Class #2: July 22-23, 2019
Class #3: September 9-10, 2019

Cohort E
Johns Hopkins University

Class #1: September 12-13, 2019
Class #2: November 4-5, 2019
Class #3: December 16-17, 2019

Cohort F
College of Southern Maryland

Class #1: October 1-2, 2019
Class #2: November 14-15, 2019
Class #3: December 18-19, 2019

Recently completed cohorts …

Cohort A
Chesapeake College

Class #1: November 19-20, 2018
Class #2: January 24-25, 2019
Class #3: April 9-10, 2019

Cohort B
Hagerstown Community College

Class #1: February 19-20, 2019
Class #2: May 7-8, 2019
Class #3: June 12-13, 2019

Cohort C
Ellicott City Community Center

Class #1: December 18-19, 2018
Class #2: March 19-20, 2019
Class #3: June 6-7, 2019

Sample Series Agenda


Day 1: Climate Science & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Climate-101: Understanding Climate Science & the Latest Projections

  • Climate-103: The Basics of Sea Level Rise and Impacts on Coastal Assets & Infrastructure

  • Climate-104: Public Health Implications of Climate Change

  • Climate-201: Identifying Climate Hazards & Conducting Vulnerability Assessments

  • Climate-202: Leveraging Climate Data & Tools

Day 2: GHG, Energy & Water Management

  • GHG-101: Basics of GHG Accounting, Reporting & Disclosing GHG Emissions

  • GHG-102: Fundamentals of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

  • GHG-201: Establishing GHG Reduction Goals & GHG Management Structures


Day 3: Governance, Law & Policy

  • Governance-101: Engaging Stakeholders & Establishing Early Strategies for Leading Organizational Change

  • Governance-102: The Legal/Policy Landscape of Climate Change & Related Implications

  • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism

Day 4: Materiality, Risk Management & Economics

  • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change

  • Economics-201: Assessing Economic Impacts

  • Enterprise-101: Fundamentals of Risk & Materiality

  • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Managing Climate Risk


Days 5-6: Entrepreneurship & Leadership

  • Governance-202: Making the Case for Climate Action to C-Suite & Public Leaders

  • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries

  • Exercise: Mapping Preparedness into Key Decision-Making Roles

  • Additional Leadership & Entrepreneurship Exercises