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What is Coach Training?
Coach trainings have occurred since 2004, but since 2012, CCNet has used an intensive 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.
Are you looking for trainings on the Conservation Standards method?
While CCNet global and regional networks focus their efforts mostly on forming conservation coaches and supporting their continued professional deevelopment, individual regional or thematic networks, conservation coaches or Conservation Measures Partner organizations also offer basic methods trainings on adaptive management and the Conservation Standards and related method adaptations. such as Healthy Country Planning, for example. Here you can find available method trainings.
Past Coaching Training Sessions
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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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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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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