The training courses here can help you acquire the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to manage your climate-related risks and opportunities. All courses are free of charge, and are offered in at least one of three formats: online audio-visual presentations ("Online, Self-Guided" and "Tool Tutorial"), training webinars ("Online, Scheduled Lecture Series"), and residence training courses ("Onsite, Instructor-Led"). Each training module is accompanied with a test to help you evaluate your knowledge. These courses feature scientific information adapted from authoritative sources, prepared by recognized subject matter experts. The courses have been pilot tested with users and other subject matter experts and may be updated periodically, as needed.

Climate Academy is a five-month online course designed for natural resource managers and conservation professionals that covers the fundamentals of climate science, provides tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increases climate literacy and communication. The course is conducted annually via webinars held every other week for five months, for a total of ten sessions. Class resources and discussion forums are accessed through Moodle, a distance-learning platform. Course participants develop a final product (such as a report or presentation) addressing climate change in their management of natural resources. There is no tuition for employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, or the Bureau of Land Management. For participants from other agencies and organizations, there is a tuition charge of $200.00.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center
Category
Climate 101
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Scheduled Lecture Series
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
40:00
EPA’s Climate Adaptation Training for Local Government helps local officials, municipal staff, and community leaders understand the changing climate and threats posed by climate change to local government services. The module covers climate impacts to water and wastewater services, air quality, public health, contaminated site management, and emergency response. The training also highlights some communities that have taken adaptation actions and provides a list of resources to support climate adaptation planning and implementation in local communities.
Screenshot of the Local Government Climate Adaptation Training home page
Category
Climate 101
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Climate Attribution & Extreme Events
Strategic Planning
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:30
This module discusses how a changing climate can lead to changes in extreme weather events on the local scale. The role of natural variability is also explained. The module describes how climate change can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the situation, location, and the vulnerability of the population. While research on the relationships between climate change and extreme events is still relatively new, the module discusses what changes scientists think are likely to happen if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
Promo image for the course Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Category
Climate 101
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:15
This educational module provides a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate change impacts, and future projections. A friendly and neutral approach seeks to demystify and remove the charge from climate change. There is a 14-question activity at the end of the module, and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed.
Screenshot of the Climate Change Science and Modeling home page
Category
Climate 101
Climate Change
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
0:20
The Climate Learning Network's eLearning program is designed to help Extension professionals, professional crop advisors, and professional foresters incorporate climate change into their existing program areas and become climate literate. Many modules offer Continuing Education Credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). Modules topics include basic climate science, communication, climate variability, vulnerability assessments, agricultural adaptation practices, and resilient land management.
Screen capture of the Climate Learning Network website
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Climate Adaptation & Mitigation
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This module examines relationships between climate variability phenomena—such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation, Pacific North American Oscillation, and Madden-Julian Oscillation—on tornado and early season freezes in Florida using statistical analysis methods.
Promo image for the course Climate Signals and Extreme Weather Events
Category
Climate 101
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
1:00
This site offers 13 recorded presentations from the 29 July–2 August, 2013 offering of the Climate Variability and Change Virtual Course (CVCVC). This five-day live facilitated online course provided an extensive background on a range of climate variability and change topics with an emphasis on developing communication skills for challenging climate topics. The topics covered in this course, while aimed primarily at NOAA operational climate services delivery staff will also be helpful for others who already possess a basic level of understanding of climate science.
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Change
Communication
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Intermediate
This module contains five activities designed for students in grades 5 to 8 to help them understand sea level using real data. Teachers can use any of the five modules developed to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.
Promo image for the course NOAA Data in the Classroom (NODE)—Sea Level Module
Category
Climate 101
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
This webcast provides an introduction to drought, including the measures and scales of drought and how drought is monitored. It also covers how drought is predicted, the impacts of drought, and provides information about drought-related resources. This content serves as a foundation to learning more about climate variability and operational climate services, and teaches how to use the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).
Promo image for the course Understanding Drought
Category
Climate 101
Climate Variability
Climate Products
Type of Training
Online, Self-Guided
Difficulty scale
Beginner
Module time (hr:min)
1:15