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

This 6-month 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

Enrollment Details

Upcoming CC-P®
Prep Programs

Enrollment for Cohort D is now open.
Applications are due by April 30, 2019.

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

Cohort D
Montgomery College (Germantown)

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

Cohorts E-F to be
announced shortly

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