Are there any prerequisite qualifications or skills required in order to take courses with GHGMI?
No specific undergraduate training is required to take courses with the Institute. However, the training we provide does assume a certain level of technical and economic background knowledge. Learners should be comfortable with basic math, engineering concepts and chemistry. The course work is interdisciplinary.
How does a person with GHG training find a job in this field? How would one conduct a job search?
The field is rapidly growing and already has a severe shortage of those with expertise, so there are definitely jobs to be had.
If you register for a course with the Institute, you are automatically provided with a Basic member account. As a Basic member, you will have access to our Green Jobs board, and can also interact with professionals in the field through the GHG Discussion Forum. For more information on the GHGMI Membership program, please click here.
Upon completion of a GHGMI course or diploma, would I be able to include a title (such as GHG Certified Accounting Expert) after my signature?
You would certainly be able to say that you’d received a Certificate of Proficiency or a Diploma from the Institute; however, certification is another matter entirely.
Professional certification is a means by which individuals formally demonstrate competency in a practice area. Professional certification programs consider a basket of measures (e.g., training, experience, witnessing, etc.) to assess professional competency. Professional certification programs typically accept our Certificates of Proficiency and Diplomas as demonstration of training.
Currently, there is no credible personnel certification program out there. Right now, the key is to show that you have deep expertise. The carbon markets are not mature enough yet to really operate under a common professional practice standard.