The Environmental Sustainability Certificate Program as offered by Kaplan University through Kaplan Continuing Education (KCE) expands on the business track by including advanced topics about utilization of techniques in project management. This certificate program is highly suitable for individuals seeking change in careers or advancement in positions in the field of sustainability. The basic program provides a solid foundation in learning so that graduates can apply acquired knowledge and skills specifically in project management.
Required Courses for the Project Management Track include The Business of Sustainability, Environmental Laws and Regulations, Working for Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Project Management 1 – Fundamentals of Project Management, and Environmental Project 2 – Advanced Project Management. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Program length is six (6) to nine (9) months. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission f the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Graduates can look forward to employment opportunities in the sustainability field both in large and small organizations. Some of the possible career positions to consider include environmental project manager, environmental research manager, environmental consultant, environmental technician, environmental analyst, and environmental specialist. Because of the increasing laws related to environmental issues, the demand for environmental management personnel has likewise increased. Environmental sustainability professionals are responsible for an organization’s “going-green” efforts. They are expected to know current and proposed environmental laws and regulations, manage projects that minimize environmental impact and reduce waste. Career opportunities are available in the public, private and non-profit sectors.