CPSG offers training courses in a variety of skills that build capacity and promote effective conservation.

Facilitation courses allow participants to hone their skills in structured decision making, communication, group dynamics, and conflict resolution. Courses in risk assessment and modeling provide an overview of population biology and conservation planning, focusing on the use of simulation methods for evaluating extinction risk under various management strategies.

Training is also available in ex situ population management principles, techniques, and software. Other types of conservation-related training courses are offered periodically to meet the specific needs of organizations or regions.


Training courses offered by other organizations: 

Graduate/Professional Training - Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), is offering a full schedule of unique, intensive residential training courses hosted in our sustainably-built Academic Center on the grounds of SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia. All courses offer continuing education credits (CEUs) and some can be taken for graduate credit as well. Visit our website ( or email us atSCBItraining@si.edufor more details about each course, course costs, and credits earned.


Upcoming Training Courses from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology

February 12-23, 2018

Gain in-depth knowledge of analysis techniques for cutting-edge ecological research, employing R: classical regression models; mixed models; generalized linear models; how to deal with the limitations of real datasets; and conservation-specific approaches. Participants learn how to choose appropriate analyses for different research questions, and about the assumptions underlying each model. Through the lectures and hands-on exercises participants learn how to design their own studies, explore their data, perform a range of analyses, understand fitted models, and clearly explain their results. By the end of the course, participants will be able to conduct sophisticated statistical analyses, critically evaluate statistics-based material in current research literature, and deal with the limitations of real datasets in the context of conservation science.


Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers

April 16-20, 2018

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The IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group, in partnership with other leading international conservation organizations, will be delivering a professional training course designed to enable conservation managers, scientists and students to manage group decision-making processes more effectively. In today’s world many of the conservation problems we solve, decisions we take and plans we develop involve collaboration with other people and organizations. Such collaboration is difficult to achieve and requires a certain set of interpersonal and process skills to be most effective. This course is designed to achieve this, building your competencies around listening, conflict resolution, team development, problem-solving and collective group decision-making.  By the end of the course you should feel better equipped to manage internal meetings, difficult inter-personal discussions and design multi-stakeholder planning workshops.  


Additional Upcoming Courses:    

·         Practical Zoo Nutrition Management (May 7-11, 2018)

·         Camera Trapping Study Design and Data Analysis for Occupancy and Density Estimation (June 4-15, 2018)   

·         Non-Invasive Techniques and Applications in Wildlife Endocrinology (July 23-August 3, 2018)           

·         Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds (September 17-28, 2018)