IUCN SSC CPSG Species Conservation Planning Training

The Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has been developing and delivering collaborative species conservation planning processes for conservation organisations worldwide for more than 30 years. To provide support for individuals and organisations who would like to develop their own capacity to deliver species conservation planning, CPSG has partnered with ConservationTraining.org to offer this multiple-module, six week course. The course provides access to some of the tools and skills that can help you facilitate species conservation planning workshops, or any workshop/meeting process where groups need to do ‘good’ thinking and build agreement around specific courses of action. The course is currently offered to a closed group of participants as we include certain ‘live’ aspects (in particular weekly webinars and discussion threads) where interaction between participants and with course presenters is encouraged.

Getting Started

To be selected for the course you need to first email CPSG’s Director of Training, Jamie Copsey for an application form and details on when the course will be run. Once selected Jamie will be in touch with you with pre-course materials. Each module will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete, totalling approximately 24 hours for the entire course.

You are expected to complete all six modules of the six week course and to PASS all of the end of module knowledge checks (75% is the PASS mark) in order to receive an (electronic) Certificate of Completion. We encourage you to consider submitting for a Certificate of Reflective Practice, which requires you to submit the following documents after the course, for assessment:

  • A Personal Development Plan (template will be provided during the course)
  • A written plan for a multi-stakeholder workshop or other meeting event which you intend to facilitate
  • A summary of both qualitative and quantitative feedback from participants of the workshop (we can provide you with a survey template to modify)
  • A 500 word personal reflective statement

This certificate demonstrates that you have both completed the course and have applied the learning to a meeting or workshop process. Whilst this may only be the start of your journey to becoming an established and effective facilitator of species conservation processes it illustrates that you are thinking about how you improve your practice.


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This course is designed for conservation practitioners who want to design and deliver a species conservation planning process involving a multi-stakeholder workshop or workshops. The processes, tools, and skills covered during this course are broadly relevant to those wanting to improve their management of group problem-solving, decision-making, and planning.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the facilitator in achieving consensual decision-making
  • Demonstrate how to facilitate an open discussion and run a meeting or workshop process
  • Conduct stakeholder analyses and run open discussions within multi-stakeholder workshops
  • Follow the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group's (CPSG) workshop planning and facilitation process
  • Select and apply facilitation tools and skills to help groups solve problems, make decisions, and develop plans

Duration: 6 weeks; 3-4 hours per week

Timeframe: Sept 10 thru Oct 19, 2018

This course is currently offered by invitation only.