How long will it take to complete a Diploma Program?
Completing courses is dependent on the learners’ availability and time commitment. The approximate number of working hours to complete a course is typically in the range of 16-20 hours – though this can vary considerably depending on the course. Check the “Approximate Number of Working Hours to Complete” section located on each individual course page. Completing the Diploma would be the cumulative amount of time it would take to complete all courses in the particular program being taken.
Can I take the proficiency exam without taking the course?
- Go to the Individual Courses page and select the course you are interested in taking the exam for
- Select the option for ‘course only’ from the drop down menu at the bottom of the page
- Click “Add to Cart”
- Click “Proceed to Checkout” and complete the checkout process
Is there a comprehensive final exam required for the Diploma Programs?
No. There is an exam that accompanies each course separately, but no exam covering the entire Diploma program. Learners receive a Certificate of Proficiency for each course. After completing all the courses and passing all the exams, the Diploma is issued.
Do I need to buy additional books or materials for courses?
No. All course materials are available online. No hardcopies of the lessons are provided; however, the online lessons for most courses do have a print/save option.
We have also entered into a licensing agreement to provide all learners at the Institute with one copy of the appropriate part of ISO 14064. You can download a copy by logging into your course and clicking the appropriate link. ISO 14064 Part 1 is distributed as part of the Basics of Organizational GHG Accounting course, ISO 14064 Part 2 is distributed as part of the Basics of Project-Level GHG Accounting course, and ISO 14064 Part 3 is distributed as part of the GHG Verification for Inventories and Projects course.
What happened to your Certificate of Participation?
The Institute used to offer a Certificate of Participation for people who actively participated in a course, but who did not take or pass an exam. This certificate involved no evaluation of learning or expertise in the subject. The Institute has, as part of its core strategy, a focus on achieving measurable learning outcomes. The Certificate of Participation did not satisfy this objective, and the decision was made to discontinue issuing them. When we issue a certificate or diploma, we are communicating that an individual has completed a rigorous process and can make a claim that they have gained well-defined knowledge and competency in a subject.
How long will it take me to complete a course?
One of the advantages of online learning (or e-learning) is the fact that it can be self-paced. We have a Suggested Study Pace for every course, however, this is only a guideline. Completion timeframes vary based on the time you are able to devote to the course and your background and ability regarding the concepts in the material.
The approximate number of working hours to complete a course is typically in the range of 16-20 hours – though this can vary considerably depending on the course. Check the “Approximate Number of Working Hours to Complete” section located on each individual course page.
Can I take more than one course at a time?
Yes, we allow learners to take more than one course at a time. However, we recommend that if you have other commitments (such as full-time employment), you should focus on one course at a time. If you are able to proceed quickly through the material and complete the exam for a course then you can start the next course. Focusing on one course at a time is what we generally recommend.
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.
I’m looking for an introductory course on climate change. Does the Institute offer something like that?
Earthwatch Institute offers an online resource exploring different aspects of climate change: http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/get_involved/involved_learning/learning_resources/resources_climatechange/. The website contains background information, case studies, discussion topics and links to related scientific and popular websites.
CAMEL (Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning) hosts a free, interdisciplinary, multi-media resource covering climate change. The website includes articles, case studies, podcasts, exercises, lectures, videos, and more. Explore causes, consequences, solutions and actions at http://www.camelclimatechange.org/.
The Science & Nature homepage of the BBC website offers a variety of perspectives on climate change through blogs, features, games, and videos. Learn how to tackle climate change by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/hottopics/climatechange/climate_challenge/.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has partnered with former US Vice-President Al Gore and the makers of An Inconvenient Truth to bring the issue of global warming from the big screen to the classroom. An Inconvenient Truth in the Classroom is built around the Academy Award-winning documentary. Designed to encourage analysis of the science of global warming and its relevance to current events, this resource can be found at http://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Eco-schools/AITInTheClassroom7_08.ashx.