Building capacity for advancing climate change-related leadership has become a critical workforce development requirement for professionals and front-line workers.
There is an urgent need to address the deepening impacts and risks of climate change. Workers require accredited skills that can be developed quickly and conveniently.
The CAF: Foundations Micro-credential responds to these urgent requirements and helps to foster a peer network for participants, across sectors, organisations, and professional communities.
The CAF: Foundations Micro-credential is based on a collection of integrated courses, all developed using an open educational pedagogical approach through the Resilience By Design’s Adaptation Learning Network (ALN) project, in the period 2019 – 2021. The ALN project was funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. The ALN project was complemented by additional funds from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skill, and Training for the work on micro-credentials.
Climate Adaptation Competency Framework (CACF)
In addition to developing courses and Micro-credentials, the Resilience By Design developed the Climate Adaptation Competency Framework (CACF) as part of their ALN project. This open-competency framework was based on extensive desktop research, and the input and insights of over 27 national and global climate adaptation practitioners, subject matter experts, and research findings. The five competency domains of the CACF are:
- Climate Adaptation Science & Practice Literacy
- Climate Adaptation Leadership
- Working Together in Climate Adaptation
- Understanding the Climate Adaptation Challenge
- Climate Adaptation Planning & Implementation
Each of these domains includes four to six competencies, resulting in a total of 24 competencies in the framework.
These 24 competencies informed the development of a suite of courses offered as part of the CAF: Foundations Microcredential. The Microcredentials is made up of two required courses, and two of the offered elective courses.
- Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals (Required)
- Indigenous Knowledges and Perspectives on Climate Adaptation (Required)
- Transition Leadership 1 (Elective)
- Natural Asset Management 1 (Elective)
- Climate Finance 1 (Elective)
- Climate Communications 1 (Elective)
- Climate Policy 1 (Elective)
Workplace environments are becoming increasingly defined by performance frameworks which require ongoing professional learning: individuals are being encouraged and offered motivation by their employers to demonstrate their capabilities and commitment to professional growth.
Micro-credentials enable a clear demonstration of what skills and knowledge (i.e., competencies) individuals have and can offer, while also serving to empower individuals to develop their professional portfolios with recognized, short, credentials. By providing focused, and short credentialing opportunities, micro-credentialing provides a means for recognizing and reinforcing workforce capabilities to deal with emerging needs, such as climate adaptation.