Training and Professional Development Program

The ClimateSense Training and Professional Development Program is designed to provide a series of short (0.5 to 2 days) climate-related training opportunities for local adaptation practitioners. Anticipated practitioners include: engineers, architects, land use planners, health care providers, emergency management officials, conservationists/naturalists, watershed groups, builders and property developers, and academia.

Courses will allow practitioners to develop valuable skills in an interactive learning. Training opportunities will be available for both beginner and advanced practitioners.

*PLEASE NOTE: ClimateSense Reduced Pricing is available for Prince Edward Island only. 

Our Upcoming Course Offerings

Climate Change & Infrastructure Risk Assessment – The PIEVC  Protocol 

Beginning Wednesdays from January 20th – February 17th, 2021

Course Fee(s): $200.00 if pursuing IRP Credential
$125.00 if Professional Development Only

This online training provides participants with information about, and practice with the PIEVC Protocol, a practical tool and process that supports the systematic assessment of the risks of extreme weather and future climate in relation to public infrastructure. Developed by Engineers Canada in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, the Protocol is a structured procedure using standard risk assessment processes to assess and fully document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate at a screening level, and related risks.

PIEVC Protocol is one of four courses comprising the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) credentialling program available to professional engineers. Those who take the course for IRP credentialling will complete quizzes and a final exam to confirm learning outcomes have been reached. It consists of five (5) two-hour modules delivered through an on-line video-enabled webinar platform. Presentations and exercises illustrate real life applications through hands-on, small group exercises using a case study approach that includes developing strategies and recommendations to address identified climate vulnerabilities.

Home Flood Risk Assessment Training Program 

Beginning January 18th – April 23rd, 2021 (42 hours)

Course Fee (ClimateSense sponsored rate): $100.00

This Home Flood Risk Assessment Training Program (HFRAT) was developed by Seneca and Fleming Colleges in Ontario in partnership with the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo. HFRAT is being offered as an online, 14 week, 42 hour, intermediate-level training program for home construction and home inspection industry professionals.  This college-level course prepares graduates to complete on-site home flood risk assessments and provide custom reports to residents that identify practical opportunities to protect homes from flooding.

Who should take this course: home inspectors, engineers, developers and home construction, renovation and restoration professionals. 

Green Infrastructure in Urban Centres (online)

Offered by Simon Fraser University with Dr. Joanne A. Shworth, 

With Funding from Natural Resources Canada and the Adaptation Learning Network

February 15th – May 3rd, 2021 (30 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $100.00* 


Green infrastructure and related nature-based solutions are gaining widespread support as effective components of healthy city building as well as climate adaptation strategies. The course provides an overview of how GI systems work, the ecosystem services they can provide, and how they can be employed effectively.

This 30 hour (over twelve weeks) online course is for policy makers, professionals, and students seeking to understand green infrastructure (GI) and its potential for managing the impacts of urbanization and climate change. The aim of the course is to foster a network of professionals engaged with the challenges and opportunities of blending nature and infrastructure.

Project Management for a Changing Climate (online)

Offered by Royal Roads University, with Susan Todd

February 22nd – March 19th, 2021 (12 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $75.00 *


Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing governments, businesses, societies and ecosystems around the world. Project managers, through their effective direction of complex projects, occupy a critical role in the successful transition to a resilient, low carbon world. This course is designed to prepare professionals with project management responsibilities to add a climate change lens to their projects.

Intended Audience: The course is suitable for individuals in management roles and above who have significant project management responsibilities. “Projects” could include examples as diverse as infrastructure development, deployment of new technology, ecosystem restoration, or public engagement campaign, for example. 

The Financial Impact of Climate Change (online)

Offered by Royal Roads University, with Todd Thexton

February 22nd – March 21st, 2021 (12 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $75.00*


This four-week course introduces participants to the financial risks and impacts associated with climate change. Participants will explore a range of risk pathways that link climate and economic systems, including:

• physical risks related to direct exposure to climate hazards in the value chain;
• transition risks arising from abrupt transitions to a low-carbon economy;
• systemic risks transmitted throughout the economy;
• extreme risks arising from the complex dynamic nature of climate-economy systems.

Intended Audience: As an introductory course, this course is suited to those with limited previous experience in climate-related finance or economics. However, a basic understanding of climate science is presumed.

Food & Water Security (online)

Offered by University of British Columbia: Okanagan, with Dr. Joanne Taylor

March 1st – March 28th, 2021 (12 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $75.00*


Drawing upon the food security literature and current events in the media, this survey course will encourage learners to build a new understanding of food security, water shortages in agricultural production, and climate change challenges in agriculture. We will introduce policy tools and case studies illustrating the effects that climate change has on agriculture which will be useful and applicable to individual cross-disciplinary learning.

Intended Audience: professionals and specialists from a variety of sectors including (but not limited to) Agriculturalists (industrial producers’ associations, small-scale farmers, market gardeners, fisheries, and livestock professionals), agrologists, agricultural economists, environmentalists, and related environmental fields, educators and researchers, rural development managers, policymakers, concerned citizens, and community leaders

Intro to Climate Policy for Climate Adaptation Professionals (online)

Offered by Vancouver Island University, with Michele Patterson

March 1st – March 31st, 2021 (15 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $100.00*


This four-week, fully online asynchronous course will inform participants about climate adaptation policy in Canada and BC. It will allow them to consider how climate policy from international to local levels informs their professional functions and day to day activities on the job. The course will cover, among other things, the basics of environmental policy, differences between climate mitigation and climate adaptation policy, overviews of key policy actors and tools, and policy gaps. It will also consider, in detail, examples of current policy-driven climate adaptation measures in specific areas from engineering to agriculture to hydrology and beyond.

Strategic Dialogue & Civic Engagement for Climate Adaptation (online)

Offered by Simon Fraser University, with Olive Dempsey

March 10th – May 4th, 2021 (24 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $175.00 *Register Early, Limited Space Available


Professionals working across public, private and community sectors are facing complex questions about how to prepare for and adapt to the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate. In the context of a growing climate emergency, how do we engage internal and external stakeholders, build lasting collaborative partnerships, and embed climate adaptation strategies into organizational priorities, when professional silos, scarce resources and competing demands can pose potent obstacles to the change that is urgently needed? This course will provide you with skills to overcome barriers to action, mobilize knowledge and data effectively, and work across silos in genuine interdisciplinary and collaborative practice. You’ll learn how to lead or participate in community engagement, without triggering fear and overwhelming others; practice critical self-awareness and self-reflection; and consider equity-based and decolonizing approaches.

Intended Audience: This course is designed for professionals looking to advance the intersecting work of climate action and adaptation, including planners, engineers, elected officials and community leaders. 

Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals (online)

Offered by Royal Roads University, with Dr. Stewart Cohen

March 22nd – April 18th, 2021 (12 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $75.00*


This 4-week course has been designed to help professionals working across multiple disciplines bring a climate change adaptation lens to their current and future projects.

It’s structured in four modules, that cover: what the current climate change situation is, including the latest science on climate trends and scenarios; why climate change matters to professionals and planners, in terms of risk and impact; what we can do about it, through examples and methods of adaptation, and; how to bring adaptation tools, data and processes into your work, with a practice project.

At the end of the course, participants will understand basic climate change science, scenarios, and projected impacts and risks in British Columbia, and be able to identify data and tools required to plan an adaptation project.

Climate Modelling & Forest Adaptation (online)

Offered by University of British Columbia, with Dr. Tongli Wang

April 19th – April 30th, 2021 (15 hours)

ClimateSense Reduced Rate: $150.00*


Climate change is a major threat to the capacity of forest ecosystems to provide ecological, economic and social services. This online course will introduce various climatic and ecological modeling tools, and guide the students to practical applications of scale-free climate models and niche-based ecological models in forest and ecological (such as birds, fish and animals) resource management to increase the resilience and viability of forest ecosystems. By the end of the course, students will master skills and techniques to: 1) use climatic models to generate spatial climate data; 2) understand niche-based ecological models; and 3) interpret and apply model output to forest management practice.

Intended Audience: The course is designed for forest professionals who are interested in professional forestry and forest adaptation to climate change. This course has no prerequisites, but a basic knowledge of ecology is needed to take full advantage of the material that is provided. Some basic knowledge of R programming will make the modeling part easier but not compulsory as we assume students with no experience in using R.

Protecting PEI Homes from Flood & Erosion

Protecting PEI Homes from Flooding and Erosion is a free, 4 hour, self-directed online course developed by Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo. The course is being offered by the PEI ClimateSense program to all interested professionals, community leaders and civil servants.

This introductory level course will help you to have informed discussions with tenants and property owners about how to identify their flooding and erosion risks and how to access user-friendly assessment tools, how-to videos, websites and fact sheets to help them take action to protect their homes.

Topics include: Working together to build a climate resilient future, managing flood and erosion risks, flood insurance, flood and erosion impacts on homes, assessing risks, cost-effective actions to protect homes from rainfall and sewer backup flooding, protecting homes from flooding in high risk zones, protecting homes from erosion, helping PEI residents to protect their homes, participants will receive a certificate of completion and a comprehensive list of resource links to share with tenants and property owners.

Who should take this course: community leaders and civil servants, planners, real estate professionals, home inspectors, insurance representatives, home construction, renovation and restoration professionals, developers and hardware store employees.

 Introduction to Geographic Information System Mapping (GIS)

This two-day workshop will provide participants with the fundamental knowledge and technical skills to integrate spatial concepts, techniques, and technologies to enhance existing work. The workshop will be delivered in a classroom setting consisting of lecture material, discussion, and hands-on software exercises. Climate change related data sets will form the basis for the hands on learning components.