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ACCO Credentialing

Showcase yourself as a climate smart professional with the capacity
to develop and implement climate action plans for your organization.

Earning an ACCO administered credential reflects that you are a leader in driving climate change strategies. With an increasing number of organizations committing to greenhouse gas reduction goals, adaptation planning and resilience initiatives, ACCO credentials demonstrate your competence in leading climate action planning efforts and sustainability-focused initiatives.



Climate Change Professional (CCP®) Designation
(formerly the Climate Governance Certificate)
New: Click here to download the requirements checklist.

The Climate Change Professional (CCP®) is the credential for mid-level practitioners reflecting your dedication to professional development and your competency in the fundamentals of climate change preparedness and strategic planning.  A combination of related work experience and completion of all core curriculum courses and elective requirements is required for this designation.

The CCP® designation is currently available for practitioners across all sectors and professional functions.  ACCO will be unveiling CCP® categories tailored to specific professional roles and sectors in 2017.

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Note: Enrollment is currently open for this practitioner-level credential with credits attainable through live in-person and online instruction.  ACCO will be opening a network of accredited providers and testing in Fall 2016.

  Pre-requisites:
  • Masters or post-graduate degree
  • 2+ years working extensively on climate change, sustainability or related initiatives

or

  • Four-year degree
  • 4+ years working extensively on climate change, sustainability or related initiatives

or

  • Secondary (high school) degree
  • 7+ years working extensively on climate change, sustainability or related initiatives
 
 

 


Climate Change Officer (CCO®) Designation
In development

The Climate Change Officer (CCO®) is the master-level credential underscoring your ability to drive climate related action within an organization. A combination of extensive related work experience and completion of all core curriculum courses and elective requirements is required for this designation.

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Note: While enrollment is open for this master-level credential, some curriculum components are still being developed.  Conferring of the CCO® credential will not be available until Fall 2017.

  Pre-requisites:
  • Four-year degree
  • 10+ years managing or directing climate change, sustainability or related initiatives

or

  • Masters or post-graduate degree
  • 7+ years managing or directing climate change, sustainability or related initiatives
 

CCO CertificationTM
Founding Oversight Committee

ACCO Board of Directors & Advisory Board Members
> Jeff Austin – Senior Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo
> Blaine Collison – Managing Director, Network Services, Altenex LLC
> Melanie Dickersbach – Environment and Climate Strategy Manager, Exelon Corporation
> Steve Frenkel – Midwest Office Director, Union of Concerned Scientists
> Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
> Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, WSP
> Margery Moore – Director, Strategic EHS Alliances, BNA
> Jim Sullivan – Vice President, Sustainability, SAP
> Susanne Torriente – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
> Peter Gray – Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
> John Englander – Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
> Valerie Patrick – President and Founder, Fulcrum Connection LLC
ACCO Members
> Chris Baglin – Principal, Project Performance Corporation
> Emily Hansroth – Sustainability Engineer, Lockheed Martin
> Laura Pagliarulo – Manager, Green Products WGL Energy
> David Selawski – Senior Business Development Manager, Constellation Energy
> Mark Sutherland – Senior Analyst, Marstel-Day, LLC
Partners & Other Contributors
> Matt Banks – Manager, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund
> Kelly Burks-Copes – Ecologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
> David Cleaves – Climate Change Advisor, U.S. Forest Service
> Phil DeSenze – Climate Change Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service
> Steve Donofrio – Principal and Founder, Greenpoint Innovations
> Tricia Dunlap – Attorney, McGuire Woods
> Mike Gremillion – Chief, Weather Integration for National Intelligence, U.S. Air Force
> Mike Hornsby – Adjunct Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
> Richard Jeffries – Director of COMET and Community Programs, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
> Rachael Jonassen – Professor, George Washington University
> Paul Kirshen – Research Professor, University of New Hampshire
> Michele Madia – Director, Sustainability Finance and Policy Second Nature
> Mary Munson – Executive Director, Coastal States Organization
> Kevin Watson – Manager, Lifecycle Logistics, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)