Self-paced Open Standards Introductory Online Course (2012)

This introductory Open Standards online training is available here, on

Key questions facing all conservation practitioners and organizations are: “What actions are needed to achieve our conservation goals?” and “Are our actions effective in achieving our conservation goals?” It is imperative to answer these questions to focus attention on the most important actions, to be able to adapt and change our actions over time, to learn about which actions work and do not work, and to convince our donors and society that conservation is a worthy investment.

This curriculum was developed in 2012 and is based on the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) Open Standards and covers Step 1 and Step 2 of the standards. These standards are the product of inputs, field tests, discussions, and debates among many CMP members and their partners.

You may choose to complete any of the lessons below; however, to receive a certificate of completion for either Step 1 or Step 2 you must complete the step assessment with a minimum score of 70%.

Please note that some changes have been made to the Open Standards since this course was developed, and you can find the newest version here. We are in the process of developing an updated online training.

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