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Propose a Professional Development Program

We work to develop professional development programs of high quality and on a broad range of topics to enhance continuing education for conservation professionals.

Submit Edit Proposal

  • Professional development program may focus on specific materials, specialties, or processes useful to the conservation profession at large; adapt knowledge from allied professions that is pertinent to a general conservation audience; advance the field of conservation; or focus on skills useful to conservators as a refresher course.
  • Programs may include in-person workshops, online courses, webinar series, self-study resources, and other formats that provide necessary training and support.
  • Any individual, organization, AIC Specialty Group or committee may submit a proposal using the online proposal form. We recommended that you contact FAIC's Education Manager at during the planning stages.
  • We are currently accepting ideas for programs for 2023. Topics and proposals should be submitted by September 1 at the latest for consideration. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • FAIC's Education Manager, AIC's Board Director of Professional Education and Training, and the Education and Training Committee (ETC) review and select professional development topics with input from Specialty Group officers as appropriate.
  • Each program requires a topic, instructor(s), and coordinator. The coordinator for an in-person program often also acts as the host. You can submit a proposal to identify some or all of these components.
  • Workshops to take place at the AIC Annual Meeting are typically self-supporting, meaning that registration fees must cover at least the direct costs of the event (unlike other FAIC workshops which are supported partially by foundation funding). Proposals for Annual Meeting workshops will be accepted in July and August through a separate form.

Criteria for Review

The Education and Training Committee developed a set of criteria to help prioritize topics for our professional development programs. Proposed programs should:

  • Be accessible - offered in a way that includes members from all parts of the U.S. with offerings in multiple locations and/or online learning.
  • Be affordable - at a registration fee of roughly $160 per day.
  • Be led by recognized experts in the subject, who are also effective instructors.
  • Help advance the conservation profession and respond to identified needs of AIC membership.
  • Be based on the best research available.
  • Cross multiple specialty groups' interests when feasible.
  • Focus on hands-on training, when appropriate.
  • Follow “best practices,” including AIC Code of Ethics, AIC Guidelines, and health and safety considerations.
  • Not be readily available elsewhere.