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Propose a Professional Development Program

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

Deadline: September 1, 2022

Submit Edit Proposal

  • 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.
  • Professional development programs 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 any other formats that provide necessary training and support.
  • Each program requires a topic, coordinator, and instructor(s). The coordinator for an in-person program often also acts as the host. Proposals may be submitted with some or all of these components. 
  • We are currently accepting ideas for proposals for 2023. Topic ideas and program proposals should be submitted by September 1 for consideration. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Proposals for Annual Meeting workshops will be accepted in July and August through a separate form. Workshops that 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 at least partially supported by foundation funding). 

  • 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.

Criteria for Review

The Education and Training Committee (ETC) 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.