ISSP Certificate Program

The ISSP certificate program is designed for current and aspiring sustainability practitioners.

The certificate program will provide you with the skills and competencies to take on positions such as Sustainability Officer, Sustainability Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sustainability Analyst, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Consultant, Green Facilitator, Sustainability Services Expert and Climate Officer.

You will benefit from the interactive live webinars and 24/7 access to a collaborative Learning Center, access to sustainability experts, the latest tools and methods and the valuable credential once completed.

  • Sustainability Professional Certificate (SPC)  ISSP's certificate program blends sustainability concepts and practices with organizational change theory to provide you with the leadership skills and knowledge to lead a sustainability program.  ISSP’s certificate courses offer access to current research and professionals working in the field.  ISSP's Instructors are subject matter experts that facilitate the online webinars and learning center experience.  You will be learning theory and practice with sustainability tools and methods.  You are graded on a pass/fail and will receive feedback on your competencies from the instructor.  See attachment below to download Certificate Program 2014 PDF.

You can start at any time and take up to 2 years to complete.  Each online course is 4 weeks long and you are joined by a couple of dozen other sustainability professionals.  You are mentored by the Instructor, a subject matter expert in their field.  Each week includes a live 90-minute webinar (recorded if you are unable to make it) and an online classroom platform (the ISSP Learning Center), available 24/7, where your readings, resources, recordings and assignments are located. You will be learning theory and practice with sustainability tools and methods. You are graded on a pass/audit and will receive feedback on your competencies from the instructor.

Contact Christy Nordstrom, Education Program Director HERE

PROMOTION for ISSP members

Purchase the entire certificate program - within 4 weeks
for the discounted pricing of $2,600 / eight workshops
then receive the prerequisite Sustainability 101 workshop for free, a $250 value.

View the Complete Calendar of Education Events HERE

ISSP's 5 Core virtual courses

Learning Event Title                               Date                       Instructor

Sustainability Planning                            SEP 2014               Marsha Willard

Sustaining Sustainability                        OCT 2014                Dorothy Atwood

Leadership Skills for Change Agents     NOV 2014                Bob Willard

Stakeholder Engagement Strategies      JAN 2015               Susanne Croft   

Strategy Tools for                                   MAY 2014                Alan AtKisson

Sustainability Transformation


ISSP's Elective Courses:

Learning Event Title                       Date                       Instructor

Ecosystem Valuations                        FEB 2014               James Pittman

Biomimicry                                        MAR 2014                Mary Hansel

Storytelling for Sustainability            APR 2014                Jeff Leinaweaver

Life Cycle Assessment                      JUN 2014                Tom Gloria

ISSP's Sustainability Professionals Certificate Prerequisite
Sustainability 101 Self-study, Darcy Hitchcock
ISSP's virtual monthly topic webinars are announced in the ISSP Insight eNewsletter and Events Updates emails.
Choose any 4 webinars to count for credit towards your certificate. Calendar of upcoming webinars HERE
Members - contact to access all archived webinars at the Learning Center.
Learning Environment
As part of our commitment to keeping a small footprint and providing you with the best instructors, all workshops are delivered virtually.  For the five Core and four Elective workshops we use a combination of live webinars, online discussions and individual study to meet the learning outcomes.  Participants enjoy ISSP's dynamic, interactive eLearning experience: meeting online once a week for a live webinar AND online 24/7 over the 4 weeks at the ISSP Learning Center. The self-study Sustainability 101 is computer based and delivered virtually.  You can enroll at any time, study when it fits your schedule and take up to 8 weeks to complete the workshop.
Start at any time. Workshops start throughout the year and participants can take up to two years to complete the requirements.
Completion of Certificate
ISSP courses are usually 4 weeks long. Successful completion of the certificate program includes completing 5 core courses, 3 electives and submitting summaries of 4 webinars.
A basic understanding of sustainability concepts is required by taking the pre-requisite Sustainability 101 within six months of starting the Certificate. 
Participants enjoy ISSP's dynamic, interactive eLearning experience: meeting online once a week for a live webinar AND 4 weeks of 24/7 online access at the ISSP Learning Center.  
Participants should expect to spend 6-8 hours a week per workshop.
Refunds for event cancellations
Webinar/ Course refund policy (A month or more before the workshop, 100% less any Paypal fees; 22-30 days out 75%; 15-21 days 50%; 7-14 days 25%, Less than a week no refund. Transfer from one workshop to another is handled the same as cancellation.
Statements from Graduates of the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certificate (SPC):

"The ISSP Sustainability Professional Certificate is a great program for either current sustainability professionals looking to sharpen their skills or others wanting to enter this field."

"The high quality and level of experience of the instructors. The instructors are all accomplished leaders and authors in the field of sustainability and delivered exceptional webinar programs which were supplemented with excellent readings. The perspective and experience shared with us by the instructors was most valuable. It was a good group of courses, covering all the major areas at a high level without a lot of extraneous material or busy work. Also, the tools that I have available to me for use on sustainability planning and reporting are very valuable and could not be obtained from other sources without considerable expense. The program is, in my opinion, the best value for obtaining education in the field for working professionals - very reasonable cost and time commitment. I can't say enough about what the program has done for me and my professional development. I am now in a position that I very much enjoy due directly to my participation in the certificate program."  from a 2010 SPC grad.

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