Forest Certification and Climate Change flyer

Professional Mini Course

Forest Certification and Climate Change is an online mini course designed to provide learners with a robust understanding of forest land values and ecologic services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification. Graduates will develop expertise in:

  1. Valuing working forests for carbon sequestration
  2. Climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in forest certification standards
  3. Climate benefits for forest certification in wood products
  4. Distinguishing climate benefits in chain of custody standards
  5. Ensuring climate values of harvested wood products (HWPs) through certification

This course was designed with landowners, natural resource professionals, conservationists, educations, and extension agents in mind. However, all interested individuals are invited to register.

View the Registration and Course Policies page for additional information on course purchase instructions, refunds, and completion requirements.

SFI Continuing Education Eligibility

This course is offered by the Michigan State University Department of Forestry Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) in partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). This training may be used to fulfill annual SFI continuing education training requirements in participating states. To see if your state has pre-approved this course for CE credit, view this PDF. Submit any questions regarding SFI continuing education requirement eligibility to

Informational Session Recording





This course is offered three times per year according to the schedule below. Participants can register at any time, but we recommend busy professionals give themselves 2-3 weeks to complete the course. The course must be completed during the access window. 

  • January 9 – April 9
  • May 9 – August 9
  • September 9 – December 9




Time Required: 

  • 6.5 hours
  • Self-paced 

Intended Audience: 

  • Landowners
  • Natural Resource Professionals 
  • Conservationists 
  • Educators 
  • Extension Agents 

Additional Certifications

SAF: This course is approved for 6.5 Category 1 CFE hours.

ISA: This course is approved by ISA for CEUs in the following categories: BCMA Science (2), Management (5), Certified Arborist (7), Municipal Specialist (7).

SFI: This course is pre-approved for SFI continuing education credits in various states. View this PDF to learn more.

More Information:

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