CCP Training

Certified Coastal Practitioner™ Credentialing Program

Coastal Zone Foundation is continuing a tradition of encouraging rigorous research and continued collaboration to nurture, protect and manage the coastal zone by developing and implementing a Certified Coastal Practitioner™ (CCP) program.

The CCP program will provide coastal professionals from government, consulting and academia a series of short courses structured to expand and grow their knowledge base while enhancing their own collaborations with other coastal professionals. This program defines the body of knowledge which reflects best practices for coastal management, offers broad knowledge of the topics covered, and complements existing coastal licenses and educational programs.

  • Designed for coastal government agencies, coastal engineers, scientists, economists, coastal consultants, graduating advanced-degree students, NGO coastal staff, and coastal citizens.
  • Encompasses short courses focused on disciplines that you as a coastal professional should know more about.
  • Modules are available as webinars and are also offered as live short courses each year during American Shore & Beach Preservation Association Coastal Summit and National Coastal Conference.
  • Pass/fail assessment will be delivered at the end of each course. After successfully completing the assessment, you will receive a certificate and professional development hours for the course.
  • Complete ten short courses to become a Certified Coastal Practitioner™ (CCP).
  • Candidates for CCP must agree to the code of ethics.
  • Certificate must be renewed every 5 years for it to remain valid, see recertification requirements.

Short Courses Offered

Coastal Engineering

An introductory course covering the fundamental principles of coastal engineering. Topics include basic wave theory (wave generation, analysis, refraction, diffraction shoaling and breaking), wave prediction techniques, tides, coastal circulations and sediment transport. The latter portion of the course is devoted to the application of these basic principles to coastal structure and shore protection design. Recorded webinar is available now. Email to register.

Coastal Geology

An introductory course presenting a geological framework, distinguishing among types of coasts, the forces sculpting the land, and the sediments accumulating in distinct forms. This module will touch on special disciplines of coastal geomorphology, sedimentology and coastal processes. Recorded webinar is available now. Revised course will be presented live via Zoom on October 21 from 12 – 4 p.m. EDT. To register, please email

Coastal Resiliency

An introductory course will present the concepts of coastal resiliency and how to increase the resiliency of your shoreline. Participants will be given an understanding of coastal resilience concepts, methods to increase resiliency, and tools available to estimate and measure coastal resilience. The basis for the module is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ research on improving coastal resiliency. Recorded webinar is available now. Email to register.

Coastal Ecology/Biology

An interception course will present the basic concepts of coastal ecology/ecology. The course will provide up-to-date science-based and skill-building opportunities to professionals whose work is affected by coastal resources. The spatial zone of interest is a relatively narrow portion of the continental shelf/coastal plain where land and sea meet. Basic concepts will encompass major biological constituents that make up the dynamic and diverse set of ecosystems and species including the open ocean, barrier islands, coastal marsh, estuarine resources and threatened and endangered species. Recorded webinar coming soon. Email to register.

Planning and Land Use

An introductory course will present the basic concepts of planning and land use. The course will highlight how activities in adjacent upland can affect the coastal zone, via land use, planning, jurisdictions, regulations, habitat impacts, property rights and more. This section also looks at the upland aspects of coastal resilience and disaster planning and recovery, as well as resolving conflicts between political boundaries and littoral zones and addressing the impacts and issues surrounding seal level change. Recorded webinar is available now. Email to register.


An introductory course will present the basic concepts of effective communication. This course provides participants an understanding of communication goals, stakeholders and audiences, delivery and tools. It also provides hands-on examples of how to effectively communicate with a variety of media, peers, and government agencies. A highly interactive session, this will feature problem-solving drawing on participants’ own experiences. Recorded webinar coming soon. Email to register.

Government Operations

An introductory course will present basic concepts in government operations. The course will review the structure of federal and state government and how they work, including how authorities are granted, the federal budget process, and basic regulatory programs. The local and federal government structure and the budgeting process will be discussed. Additionally, the module will present the best way to effectively communicate your message to elected officials so you can advance your project through the bureaucratic maze. Recorded webinar coming soon.

Project Management

An introductory course will present basic concepts of project management. The course will discuss the tools that a project manager needs to effectively perform his/her job. This module will gain a greater appreciation for the diverse expertise in a wide variety of areas required to make up an effective project team, and to enable the manger to more efficiently coordinate activities among the various specialists to facilitate a well-integrated effort that will expedite completion of what are often large and complicated projects. Recorded webinar is available now. Email to register.

Government Affairs

This introductory course will focus on the operational side of governments: Getting bills (both authorizations and appropriations) through Congress, understanding and working with the federal agencies most engaged in the coast (as well as an explanation of their various roles in coastal management), and the integral involvement of state and local governments in coastal management and engaging with the federal government. Recorded webinar is available now. Email to register.

Coastal Zone Management and Coastal Regulations

An introductory course will present the concepts of coastal zone management and coastal regulation. Understanding the reason for coastal zone management and how to ensure that your project meets the guidelines. The module also discusses the interaction between the coastal zone management regulations and the coastal state and federal regulations. These concepts are present though a review of a sample project that takes the participant through coastal zone management and regulatory process. Recorded webinar is available now. Email to register.

Water Quality

An introductory course where a review of the Clean Water Act of 1972 will be provided, along with discussions of surface water quality standards and compliance applicable to the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coastal zones. Case studies will review basin management tools, primary contributors to water quality degradation, Best Management Practices (BMPs) for treatment, monitoring strategies, bioindicators, and state-level efforts at becoming compliant with the Coastal Zone Act. These topics will be discussed in three regional case studies: 1) Southern California Marina del Ray Toxic Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL); 2) Southeast Florida Indian River Lagoon Basin Management Nutrient Criteria; and 3) Mississippi Gulf Coast Monitoring and Management of Non-Point Sources. This new short course will be launched live via Zoom on October 20 from 12 – 4 p.m. EDT. To register, please email

Each recorded webinar is $100 and allows 30-day access to complete the course, followed by a pass/fail assessment. After successful completion of each course, you will receive a certificate and professional development hours. Complete any 10 modules to become a Certified Coastal Practitioner™.

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