The Certified Coastal Practitioner™ Program

Credentialing program designed to provide participants with a wide scope of resources and instruction on a variety of elements related to coastal practice.


The Certified Coastal Practitioner™ (CCP) Program



This program is hosted through the Coastal Zone Foundation. It provides participants with the opportunity to complete 10 out of 11 modules in order to obtain their Certified Coastal Practitioner™ credential. The modules go over high-level, introductory concepts related to each category presented by experts in the field. All modules are in webinar format with a basic, pass/fail, multiple-choice assessment at the end to test comprehension. Upon completion, you will receive a certification as well as 4 professional development credits.

Working through coastal issues requires a multidisciplinary perspective. This credentialing program is designed to provide participants with a wide scope of resources and instruction on a variety of elements related to “modern coastal practice”.

Modules include:

  1. Coastal Engineering
  2. Coastal Geology
  3. Coastal Resiliency
  4. Coastal Ecology/Biology
  5. Planning and Land Use
  6. Communications
  7. Government Operations
  8. Project management
  9. Government Affairs
  10. Coastal Zone Management and Coastal Regulations
  11. Water Quality

Coastal professionals, those in government, the private sector, coastal consulting, academia, and even coastal citizens are those most suited and would benefit most by completing this program, however, the CCP credentialing program is open to anyone to take. It does require continuing education credits as well as a few other coastal-related activities in order to maintain the certification so those working directly in a coastal-related field would have the easiest time with this piece.

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Coastal Resilience project assistant Kayla Wandsnider took the Coastal Resilience module as a test to see what the process was like. Here are her thoughts and considerations. All opinions here are her own- there was no compensation, communication, or otherwise from the Coastal Zone Foundation in the writing of this post.

“I thought the module was incredibly interesting, informative, and easy to follow, albeit the information presented was at such a high level that I already knew most of the material. This is the area of study I have spent most of my time in so that’s not surprising.”


  • Experts in the field presented the information from their study areas which was a different perspective than I what I am working on so I was able to understand coastal resilience from a different angle. Their issues were surrounding coastal ocean states whereas mine is based on the Great Lakes.
  • I enjoyed listening to the questions and discussion that occurred from the original presentation in front of an audience.
  • The final assessment was easy, but it encouraged me to pay greater attention.

  • There was no way for me to really interact with the material and learn by applying the information to a real-world scenario.
  • Everything is presented in webinar format so you aren’t able to access the PowerPoint slides or ask questions.
  • You only have access to the presentation for one month and cannot go back to the presentation for future reference.

Final thoughts: The presentations were engaging, the speakers were well informed, and the material was relevant, however, the webinar only provided a broad overview of the coastal resilience topic without expanding upon or laying out any applied tools to take away. Would I take more modules? Sure. But I would go into it with the knowledge that I will only come away with a basic understanding of the topic and probably have more questions than answers.