Coach Training


Getting Training on How to Lead the
Conservation Standards Process

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What is Coach Training?


Coach trainings have occurred since 2004, but over the last 10 years, CCNet has developed curriculum and used a weeklong format for training coaches. The training is meant for those already experienced with the Conservation Standards, who have the opportunity or the mandate to lead conservation project teams, and who feel ready to increase their knowledge.

Preparation for a coach training includes participation in one or more Conservation Standards planning and implementation processes. Ideally, some additional training as a coach-in-training under the tutelage of an experienced coach in a single or multi-team planning or peer review process will have occurred.

A maximum of 20 participants is typical for a coach training. CCNet coach trainers (typically 3 per training) are generally very experienced coaches who have worked with all sorts of teams in all sorts of settings. We maintain a short list of trainers who have been given specific training in how to deliver a CCNet training, and at least one of the trainers should be someone the CCNet coordination team endorses. Please coordinate with the CCNet core team (John Morrison and Cristina Lasch) to find a trainer appropriate for your region and native language.

Here is a typical coach training agenda.

Another way coaches receive training is helping out with multi-team workshops, where several conservation teams work simultaneously to develop their projects. Typically, each team has a coach-in-training assisting them, under the supervision of a more experienced coach. These multi-team workshops are a great way for coaches to get valuable roadmiles.

Check out upcoming coach trainings in your region below.

Upcoming CCNet sponsored Conservation Coach Trainings are found here.

Upcoming trainings sponsored by CCNet Franchises, Communities of Practice and Partners, on the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Conservation Standards), Healthy Country Planning, and other method adaptations are found here.

Training Sessions:
Conservation Standards Trainings in 2020


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While CCNet global and regional franchises focus their trainings mostly on new conservation coaches, individual regional or thematic networks or partner organizations also offer basic methods trainings on adaptive management and the Conservation Standards and related method adaptations.

Upcoming Conservation Standards or related basic methods trainings:

Conservation Essentials is the first in a series of courses providing training on the later steps of the Conservation Standards. Focused on Step 3, this course targets conservation practitioners and graduate students with prior knowledge of Steps 1 and 2. Conservation Essentials is currently offered as a 12-week course by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

  • How to use the Conservation Standards to develop a work plan, timetable and budget
  • How to apply for funding and make critical budget decisions
  • How to set up structures for monitoring and reporting progress, including how to store and manage data

To learn more and register, check out the Conservation Essentials course online.

Ongoing and past Conservation Standards trainings:


Advanced Online Conservation Standards Training for Practitioners in Chile | July – October 2020 | Chile: Twenty-seven conservation practitioners from Chile are participating in a 12-week advanced online Conservation Standards training, in Spanish. The training is hosted by Chile’s Ministry of the Environment in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society-Chile, with the sponsorship of the United States Department of the Interior: International Technical Assistance Program and other generous donors. Trainers are Felix Cybulla and Oscar Maldonado. Here is a short story on the training.

Introductory Conservation Standards Training | July 26-27, 2020 | Colorado, USA: This two-day introductory training on the Conservation Standards was delivered at the North American Congress on Conservation Biology. Here is a short story on the training

Introductory Conservation Standards Online Training | August 17-28, 2020 (2 hours daily) | Course will be in English: Twenty four practitioners from eleven countries participated in this introductory course offered through the Center for Wildlife Studies. The course focused primarily on Steps 1 and 2 of the Conservation Standards, and was facilitated by CCNet coaches John Morrison, Quinn Shurtliff, and Andrew Bridges. Here is a short story in the training.

Past Coaching Training Sessions


Support CCNet Global

The Conservation Coaches Network aims to improve conservation by empowering people to develop, implement, evaluate, adapt and share effective strategies that achieve tangible conservation results benefitting both people and nature all over the world.

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Coaches Resource Library

CCNet maintains a variety of resources to support Coaches in the presentation and use of the Conservation Standards. Most of the resources are found in multiple languages in the Coaches Notebook that is part of CCNet New Coach Trainings. In addition, in our Resource Library you can find a wealth of support materials shared by Coaches and Conservation Standards practitioners.

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Our Collaborators

Every organization, agency, project, and individual has its own preferred set of terms. There is no right answer – the most important thing is that the members of your project team and the people with whom you work have a clear and common understanding of whatever terms you choose to use.

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Download CS

The Conservation Standards is the product of inputs, field tests, and discussions among members of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which has final editorial authority over the Conservation Standards. Substantial input was also provided by members of the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and other CMP partners.

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Contact CCNet

To inquire about supporting CCNet or for general inquiries, please contact:

John Morrison - CCNet Global Coordinator john.morrison@wwfus.org
Cristina Lasch - CCNet Technical Coordinator clasch@tnc.org

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