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The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California's most significant environmental laws. The law requires state and local agencies to analyze environmental impacts of a proposed project and adopt feasible alternatives and mitigation measures to avoid or substantially reduce significant impacts.

The CEQA Practice certificate is designed to offer professionals a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical skills vital to their practice. Coursework will offer project-based work as a central focus of training in order for students to develop a portfolio of work that can be shared with potential employers or clients.



In-Class & Online

*Options may vary by quarter.

Est. Cost



*Cost may vary due to elective course selection.



12 Months*

*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.


Program Benefits:
  • Learn to effectively navigate CEQA law and process
  • Research, analyze, and draft EIRs and other key documents
  • Learn about updates on CEQA Guidelines
  • Manage CEQA projects and teams
  • Learn how to engage effectively with stakeholders
  • Apply tools to minimize time and expense related to the environmental review process


Industry Certification:

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for select courses.  For a list of additional UC San Diego Extension AICP CM Events go to American Planning Association


For more information:  Contact Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson at 858-534-8139 or


There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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acceptance into the program