Climate Leadership Academy Programs

The Delaware Climate Leadership Academy offers programs for public and private sector professionals and leaders to learn how climate change is impacting Delaware, build preparedness and advance solutions through collaboration and technical training.

Climate Leadership Academy About the Academy Questions and Answers (PDF)

Fall 2023 Programs

Daytime Cohort
– First Class: Sept. 26
– Last Class: Nov. 16
– Enroll by Sept. 22

Evening Cohort
– First Class: Oct. 2
– Last Class: Nov. 29
– Enroll by Sept. 28

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ACCO Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) Credential Training Program

This program is designed to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities, as well as to advance their entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Leveraging a combination of on-demand online training resources and live, online cohort training, this workshop series will prepare attendees for the CC-P® exams and CC-P® Candidate entrance exam, and will satisfy the geographic elective requirements for the CC-P® credential.

The curriculum in this training series will be regionally tailored for Delaware and the mid-Atlantic United States. Professionals across occupations and leadership roles in the public/private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this series.

Who Should Enroll

Leaders and staff in state and local government agencies with roles related to resilience, sustainability, environment, engineering, planning, infrastructure, energy, health, agriculture, emergency management, operations, facility or risk management. Training cohorts are now available to elected officials, faculty of academic institutions, and personnel from non-profit and private sector organizations living or working in Delaware.

Program Requirements

  • Fully attend all the classes as scheduled;
  • Actively participate in class exercises in good faith collaboration with fellow participants;
  • Conduct approximately 2-3 hours of self-study in advance of the first two classes in the series;
  • Complete a pre-class questionnaire for the State; and
  • Take a 30-40 minute knowledge assessment that will be provided prior to the first class.

Participation in the Training

Participation in the Delaware Climate Leadership Academy is made possible by the State of Delaware. Individuals who do not meet or satisfy the requirements without reasonable justification may be ruled ineligible to participate in future Delaware Climate Leadership Academy or ACCO programs.

Training may be completed during normal working hours with supervisor approval. An evening cohort is available for state or local government employees unable to take the training during normal working hours.

Program Fees

There will be no fee for any individual to attend the training programs provided by the Academy. However, the following guidance applies to the credentialing program fees:

For Delaware state and local government employees:

  • CC-P® Exam and Application Fee: Waived
  • CC-P® Candidate Program Fee: Waived
  • Maintenance Fee: $55 per year (after earning the credential

For all other participants:

  • CC-P Program
    • CC-P® Exam and Application Fee: $370
    • CC-P® Maintenance Fee: $55 per year (not due until 1 year after earning the credential)
  • CC-P® Candidate Program
    • Entrance exam fee: $200
    • Annual membership/maintenance: $75 per year (due 6 months after enrollment)
    • Closing exam and application fee: $395 (due when participant requests access to closing exam)
    • CC-P® Maintenance Fee: $55 per year (not due until 1 year after earning the credential)

About the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) Credential

Note: To become a CC-P®, participants will need to attend 14 hours of electives in addition to taking the CC-P® prep courses and passing the CC-P® exams.

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As the implications of climate change on operations, missions and organizational interests become more clear, demand for skilled and seasoned professionals able to integrate an understanding of climate change and related response strategies into decision-making across professional functions will surge.

Earning the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential signifies that you have developed the fundamentals skills and knowledge to effectively support climate change initiatives and connects you to the premier community of professionals, organizations and experts worldwide.

About the CC-P® Candidate Program

For those who do not meet the experience requirements of the CC-P® credential, the CC-P® Candidate is the perfect stepping stone to becoming a future Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®). The program is designed for:

  • Professionals transitioning to a career in climate change who do not currently satisfy the experience requirements of the CC-P®; and
  • Young professionals and students about to graduate looking to get a climate change position or job.

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