Online course

Foundations in Marine Conservation

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Course Information

Course information

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Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

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Course frequency

Every week


Time committment

- hours



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Course introduction

Learn about universal efforts to preserve the world’s largest aquatic ecosystems directly from experts working in the field – and the roles they fulfill to achieve this. You’ll gain knowledge of the terms and techniques used in conservation for activities that include identifying marine species and surveying natural habitats.

Joining the Foundations in Marine Conservation Program will also provide you with insight into the importance of team and leadership skills when working with local and international organisations to achieve marine conservation objectives. As a result, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge needed to navigate your ideal conservation career path – then enhance your professional profile to land the job.

Is this course for me?

This program is designed for anyone passionate about the conservation of marine life. It’s tailored for anyone looking to enhance their knowledge and skillset in this topic or seeking to explore relevant career paths in marine conservation. As a multifaceted foundations program consisting of four courses – highschool, college and graduate students, educators on the subject or mid-professionals seeking a career change would all benefit from taking this course.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

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Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

This program includes our Marine Conservation course. You’ll learn about current issues threatening marine ecosystems, such as unsustainable fishing practices, waste pollution and the effects of the climate crisis. You’ll analyse real-world case studies and explore a variety of solution-based conservation projects that have made a positive impact. Furthermore, you’ll learn about the economic, social and scientific importance of biodiversity.

This program also includes our Conservation and Scientific Research course. Topics in this course include species identification, surveying techniques and logistics, the value of partnering with local organisations to achieve conservation objectives, and the importance of health and safety protocols. You’ll also learn how to collect scientific data and survey natural habitats.

The program also includes our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about the different careers available in sustainable development. You’ll also learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll identify your own leadership style. You’ll learn how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

Course curriculum

Course 1:Marine Conservation

Orientation to our online course

Module 1: Introduction to Marine Conservation

Module 2: Approaches to Marine Conservation

Module 3: Key Threats to Marine Environments

Module 4: Marine Conservation in the Field

Module 5: Marine Conservation Stakeholders

Course 2:Conservation and Scientific Research

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Target Species Identification

Module 2: Survey Techniques

Module 3: Survey Logistics

Module 4: Project partner relationships

Module 5: Health and Safety Procedures

Course 3:Careers in Sustainable Development

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Career Paths and Opportunities

Module 2: Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact

Module 3: Career Mapping and Choices

Module 4: Building Your Profile and Personal Brand

Module 5: Securing Your Dream Job

Course 4:Leading Teams for Impact

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Introduction to Team Leading

Module 2: Planning and Setting Team Goals

Module 3: Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment

Module 4: Presenting and Communicating With Your Team

Module 5: Performing and Developing a Leadership Style

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