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.
All GHGMI members and alumni have access to our GHG Experts Forum, where you can interact with professionals in the field, ask questions related to emissions inventories, carbon markets, and other carbon management topics, and network with other GHGMI members. GHGMI staff and members will also occasionally post job opportunities in the field. Becoming a GHGMI member is free, and you can sign up by clicking 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.