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Program Code: GVOL0773M

Course Information

Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

Enrollment closes


Course frequency

Every week


48 weeks

Time Commitment

90 Hours



Optional Extra

GVI Program Abroad


€120 scholarships available. Book by 31 December*

Flexible Payment

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We rely on the world’s oceans and seas to provide us with numerous life-sustaining resources. These resources contribute to global food security, economic and livelihood generation, climate regulation, and the very oxygen that we breathe. Increase your ability to support the preservation of these important resources when you join GVI’s Advanced Marine Conservation Program.

You’ll learn scientific research and data collection techniques and better understand the role of different species within an ecosystem. You’ll also advance your knowledge on the key issues prevalent in marine conservation while learning how to plan for and measure your social and environmental impact and the impact set by organisations in the field.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • understand the measures being taken to conserve earth’s marine species
  • analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different surveying techniques
  • explain the science and principles of environment and climate change
  • use several impact measurement methodologies and know which ones to choose
  • develop specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART) objectives
  • create a compelling resume and digital profile uniquely matched to your ideal career paths.

Is this course for me?

This program is designed for anyone passionate about the conservation of marine life, looking to gain advanced knowledge in this topic or seeking to explore relevant career paths in marine conservation. As an intensive multifaceted advanced program consisting of six courses – college and graduate students, educators on the subject or mid-professionals seeking a career change would all benefit from taking this course.

Course Curriculum

This program includes our Marine Conservation and Conservation and Scientific Research courses. In the marine course, you’ll learn about the issues threatening marine ecosystems, analyse real-world case studies and a variety of solution-based conservation projects. In the scientific research course, topics include species identification, surveying techniques and logistics, and the importance of health and safety protocols.

The program also includes our Climate Crisis and Sustainability and Impact Measurement courses. In the climate crisis course, you’ll analyse sustainability and the principles of climate change and its impact on the environment. In the Impact Measurement course, you’ll explore the methodologies used to report impact measurement and understand why organisations measure their impact.

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.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals
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
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COURSE 2 : Climate Crisis and Sustainability
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : The Earth System
Module 2 : Environmental Problems
Module 3 : Sustainable Development and the Environment
Module 4 : Approached to Environmental Sustainability
Module 5 : Making Change for Our Planet’s Future
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COURSE 3 : 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
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COURSE 4 : Impact Measurement
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Impact Measurement
Module 2 : Planning for Measurement
Module 3 : Implementing Your Measurement Plan
Module 4 : Managing and Using Data for Impact
Module 5 : Applying Impact Measurement Principles
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COURSE 5 : 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
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COURSE 6 : 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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Earn a certificate

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, your name, the date and a signature from your course instructor. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course experts

Miguel Angel Lozano

GVI Program Manager of Mexico
As GVI’s program manager of Mexico, Miguel Angel Lozano oversees the development and running of the marine conservation programs in Puerto Morelos. Miguel holds a degree in oceanography, and before working with GVI, resided in the Mexican Caribbean contributing to marine conservation. He has worked with several NGOs, contributing data such as vital research on bull sharks. He gained experience in teaching from six years as a faculty member at his state university, lecturing on alternative tourism and data analysis.

Gabrielle L. Johnson, PhD

Senior International Marine Program Manager and Conservation Education Specialist
Gabrielle L. Johnson has nearly a decade of experience as a senior program manager on multi-national marine conservation projects for various organisations. She has assisted with creating educational programs, usually focused on marine environments, for a range of purposes, from vocational, corporate and governmental training to children’s education initiatives. She has also served as an educational consultant for National Geographic, PADI and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Robin Sears

Environmental Sustainability instructor
Robin Sears has been looking into the environmental and policy side of environmental sustainability since 2000. She served on the Millennium Development task force on environmental sustainability and has worked with governments, farmers and scientists designing ways to reverse environmental destruction and to restore nature’s capacity. She loves teaching, and when she is not thinking about your learning, she enjoys any sort of outdoor recreational activity, reading scientific literature and tending to her garden.

Elisabeth Richardson

Sustainable Business and Social Enterprise Leader
Elisabeth Richardson holds an MBA and has worked in leadership roles at businesses and non-profits that focus on solving social and environmental problems for nearly 20 years. She developed the standards behind the B Impact Assessment, a platform designed to measure and manage a company's positive impact, is a regular speaker at conferences such as TedX and has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Candice Clark

HR Practitioner and Career Coach
Candice Clark, a certified life coach, has spent over a decade as a human resource (HR) practitioner and has led hundreds of individuals in making crucial career decisions. Her background is in psychology and she’s a specialist wellness counsellor registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). She’s currently completing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).

Cheryl Martin

GVI Regional Director of Asia
Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.

Jill Walker

GVI Director of Operations
Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

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