Courses and Training


Courses & Training

Build your knowledge and expand your skills through courses and training opportunities. Below you will find information on climate change adaptation courses for various stakeholders, including planners, engineers, natural resource managers, and others. Note that some of the courses and training are not being offered at this time, but legacy resources are available (e.g. videos, courseware).

Interdisciplinary Courses & Training

Adaptation Learning Network Courses

Royal Roads University, in partnership with six other post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, has created a series of 11 courses designed to help professionals who work on the frontline of climate adaptation to develop the knowledge and skills to help their organizations anticipate and reduce the impact of climate change. All courses are available as Open Educational Resources. 

  1. Food & Water Security (UBC)
  2. Natural Assets Management (RRU)
  3. The Financial Impact of Climate Change (RRU)
  4. Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals (RRU)
  5. Climate Change Perspective for Project Management (RRU)
  6. Intro to Climate Policy for Climate Adaptation Professionals (Vancouver Island University)
  7. Indigenous Knowledge & Perspectives on Climate Adaptation
  8. Strategic Dialogue & Engagement for Climate Adaptation (Simon Fraser University)
  9. Ecosystems for the Future (University of Victoria)
  10. Green Infrastructure in Urban Centres (Simon Fraser University)
  11. Introduction to Climate and Ecological Models for Forest Adaptation (UBC)

Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT)

The Government of Manitoba led the development of the MCRT Program, which created modules with tailored approaches to integrate climate risk and opportunities into decision-making and planning. The Project aimed to build the capacity and expertise of professionals (including engineers and planners), the business community in Northern Manitoba, and Indigenous organizations and communities to address the risks associated with climate change. There were five key modules developed: 

  1. Foundational
  2. Northern Business
  3. Indigenous
  4. Planning
  5. Infrastructure

Adaptation Resilience Training (ART)

The Adaptation Resilience Training (ART) Program aims to help professionals working in Alberta to develop a basic awareness of climate change adaptation and build capacity to integrate adaptation into their professional practice. To do this, the Government of Alberta developed two types of modules:

  • Foundational Course/Modules: four pre-requisite foundations modules were developed to help build climate change literacy in order to inform, guide, and support discussions and decision making. They include: 1) Climate science; 2) Risk Identification and Management; 3) Economics; and 4) Communication. 
  • Practice area modules: four advanced modules were developed to build on the knowledge gained in the foundations modules. Organized by practice area, these four modules explore how core topics like climate science and risk identification apply to: 1) Watershed Management; 2) Infrastructure; 3) Agriculture; and 4) Community Planning.

Infrastructure/Engineering Courses & Training

Training on Public Infrastructure Planning and Development in Newfoundland and Labrador

Memorial University has created three online courses to help build capacity among infrastructure practitioners in Newfoundland and Labrador to integrate climate change considerations into infrastructure decision-making processes and investments. The target audience for this project is professional engineers, as well as planners, policy-makers and other municipal staff involved in public infrastructure planning and development.

  1. Incorporating Climate Change into Public Infrastructure Planning and Design
  2. Building Climate Resilience
  3. Flood Risk Mapping, Infrastructure Planning and Design with Uncertainty, and Coastal Erosion Monitoring

Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program

The Climate Risk Institute (CRI) is offering a series of courses for engineers on the PIEVC Protocol, asset management, risk management, and climate change law. The Program, initiated by Engineers Canada, was designed to help infrastructure practitioners strengthen the knowledge and competencies they require to advance climate-resilient approaches for the planning, design and management of infrastructure. These online courses will be of interest to engineers and other professionals who are involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who need to consider the changing climate in carrying out these activities.

Nature-based Solutions Courses & Training

Nature-based Climate Solution Courses

The New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN) has created a series of 3 courses on nature-based climate solutions – actions that work with and enhance nature to help combat climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. The courses focus on different aspects of nature-based solutions, such as their roles in the climate change adaptation effort, measurable and unmeasurable benefits, and implementation directions from a technical perspective. The three courses include: 

  1. Natural Infrastructure 101
  2. Rain Garden Conception 
  3. Costal Restoration

Water Management Courses & Training

Introductory Qualified Persons Training

This course, developed by the Water Security Agency (WSA) in Saskatchewan, is helping to build a network of professionals to support Saskatchewan agricultural producers in building a resilient agricultural industry by designing projects that both meet the requirements of approval and are adaptive to the impacts of a changing climate. It's a combination of online instructor led workshops and self-guided online workbooks and videos, and tuition is free. 

Ag H2Onward

This course, developed by the Water Security Agency (WSA) in Saskatchewan, provides an introduction to innovative agricultural water management solutions that will strengthen farm and ranch operations. AgH2Onward consists of five modules that will introduce participants to: 

  • The Agricultural Water Management Strategy in Saskatchewan
  • Effective agricultural water management tools and techniques
  • The benefits of getting your drainage projects approved
  • The impacts of agricultural drainage
  • How incorporating mitigation strategies can help you adapt to a changing climate
  • Considerations and regulatory requirements for drainage approvals
  • Using a Qualified Person to assist you through the approval process

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