Professional Development Courses

MSU FCCP is pleased to announce a collection of online short courses tailored for natural resource professionals, extension agents, and landowners. For more information about each course, including registration details, click on a selected course below. 

The Department of Forestry has non-credit versions of additional undergraduate and graduate courses available for purchase. A full catalog of these courses, including those below, can be found at Continuing Education

Short Courses 

This category covers intensive professional short courses that will take 6 - 8 weeks to complete. Each course is self-paced and offered entirely online. To learn more about the on-boarding process and for a preview of what to expect upon registering for one of our professional development courses, please view the video below or review this PDF.

Understanding Forest Carbon Management

This in-depth short course provides a robust overview to the connections between forests, climate, and human decision-making. The course builds confidence in foundational science, unpacks land management specific to carbon (including carbon crediting and other initiatives) and offers action paths for various decisions. The content is highly interdisciplinary and strives to build shared understanding for diverse professionals.


This category covers 2-3 week short courses that are focused on specific forest carbon and climate topics. Each course is self-paced and offered entirely online. 

Forest Certification and Climate Change

Learners will develop a robust understanding for forest land values and ecologic services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification. Topic areas include the physical science of forests and climate and forest certification and climate change. This course may be used to fulfill SFI continuing education requirements in participating states. 

New! FCCP Intensive: US Regions

The FCCP Intensive: US Regions are short online learning experiences designed to take learners beyond the basics of forest carbon science by providing an in-depth analysis of trends, challenges, and opportunities for a chosen US region: Pacific Northwest US, Northeast US, or Southeast US. Topics include regional forest background, climate change trends and effects, carbon storage, climate impacts by forest type, and regionally appropriate adaptive management strategies.

Note on Course Completions + Course Refunds

Students must complete all course requirements within their chosen course period in order to receive a formal Certificate of Completion from the MSU Department of Forestry. Certificates will not be distributed to those who fail to complete the course by the closing date and course extensions cannot be granted on an individual basis. 

Students are eligible for a full course refund if requested within 14 days of the course opening date barring that a significant portion of the course has not been accessed. Reach us at for more information.