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About the CEQA Practice Program

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.

Program Objectives
 
  • 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
  • Taught by industry leaders who are active practitioners and subject matter experts
  • Elective offerings allow students to customize the program to suit career goals
  • Project based coursework enables students to apply tools and concepts directly into simulated  projects
  • Opportunities to network with other professionals in the program
  • Facilitate promotions or career changes
  • Certificate can be completed in one year or less
  • Individuals interested in a career in CEQA practice
  • Environmental planners
  • State and municipal employees
  • Environmental Consulting and engineering professionals
  • Land use and environmental attorneys
  • Professionals in non‐profit organizations
  • Real‐estate developers
Format: Online

All courses are offered fully online

Estimated Cost: $1,895

Cost may vary due to elective course selection

Duration: 12 months

Certificate can be completed in one year or less

Contact
Department
Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-8139
Email
unex-environmental@ucsd.edu

Courses

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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
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Required Courses

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)BUSA-40739

Units: 2.00

$425

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Potential environmental impact is an important consideration in all planning and development projects. Review the CEQA process in detail, including its 17 k...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Advanced CEQAENVR-40009

Units: 3.00

$525

Advanced CEQA CEQA professionals must have a strong understanding of CEQA, as well as the ability to critically assess information during the environmental review process. Students will work through a...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

CEQA in PracticeENVR-40010

Units: 2.00

$425

CEQA in Practice This advanced course focuses on the practical application of CEQA requirements to a real-world scenario. In this simulation style course, students will explore a project from multiple...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Writing Effective CEQA DocumentsENVR-40008

Units: 2.00

$425

Writing Effective CEQA Documents Effective writing is one of the most highly cited and desirable skills in CEQA practice. Learn how to prepare technically compliant, legally defensible, and high quali...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

CEQA Project ManagementENVR-40011

Units: 3.00

$525

CEQA Project Management Many consulting and planning firms require employees who can oversee projects from start to finish and apply tools to minimize time and expense related to the environmental rev...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Introduction to NEPAENVR-40017

Units: 3.00

$525

Introduction to NEPA This course will provide an introduction to The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), one of the first laws establishing a national framework for environment protection. In th...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Other Courses of Interest

Introduction to SustainabilityBUSA-40729

Units: 3.00

$495

Get an introduction to the basics of environmental sustainability - energy, transportation, water use, recycling, and natural resource life cycles. Discover ways individuals, organizations, and govern...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Industrial Stormwater Compliance WorkshopBIOL-80002

Units: 0.00

TBD

This two-day series provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed to manage stormwater permitting and compliance at their industrial facility. This is a two day event where participants ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

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

Contact Information

Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson at 858-534-8139 or unex-environmental@ucsd.edu

Conditions for Admission

CEQA Practice is designed for consultants, developers, planners, local officials, lawyers and other environmental professionals who seek a clear understanding of CEQA law as they work on land use development and planning projects throughout California.

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