Delivering Carbon Literacy is extremely rewarding – there’s nothing else like Carbon Literacy in the world. We are keen to work alongside you to support you as you develop your project or piece of learning. We’ve set up this page to help you, as a present or future CL Trainer, to get off the ground.


How to Begin:

As a to-be trainer, you may be wondering how to certify a piece of Carbon Literacy training. So here’s how, from start to finish.

1. You don’t need to have previous teaching experience to become a Carbon Literacy trainer. But, you must have enthusiasm and confidence to stand in front of a group of learners. Expect your workshops to be highly interactive and, possibly, challenging.

2. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of climate change or environmental awareness. But, you must be willing to learn, know where to get the information, and be passionate about sharing this knowledge with others. You may be designing your own Carbon Literacy course that links in with your choice of audience/sector.

3. Take a look at our short presentation to give you an overview of how the CL process works, from start to finish.


Carbon Literacy:

1. First of all, make sure you know some facts about The Carbon Literacy Project. Read Carbon Literacy: In a Single Side and Carbon Literacy: A 13-Step Guide. These are two very important documents that will probably answer most of your questions. Consider the benefits Carbon Literacy training will have to your audience, and register your initiative with us by filling in our contact form.

2. Aim to incorporate Carbon Literacy into any training you are already delivering, wish to deliver, or any sector that you already know about. The great thing about Carbon Literacy is that it can be integrated into any piece of training – that’s the way it was designed.

3. Identify your audience – this may be a community group, your colleagues, your management, students, or staff from a sector of business that you’re familiar with.

4. Check our ‘Pricing Matrix‘(on Quick Links) and make sure you understand any costs before you begin to develop your course. The Carbon Literacy Project receives no central funding, so for obvious reasons there has to be a charge for the work required to approve training and certify learners (to cover our own costs). Whilst these costs are a fraction of the cost of other certification schemes, they are real and need to be factored into training planning. Do remember, the financial benefits of Carbon Literacy alone outweigh the costs many, many times over.



The Standard:

The Carbon Literacy Standard sets out the elements that define Carbon Literacy. It is there to make CL as effective as possible.  The Standard ensures all Carbon Literacy courses remain consistent so all learners are recognised as having met the requirements of the CL Standard, and that this qualification therefore has a defined meaning. We do update the CL Standard every so often, so to ensure you have the most up to date version, download it from our green Quick Links box at the top right of this page. Each certified learner receives a unique certificate to evidence their Carbon Literacy. Ensure you read and understand the Standard, as it forms the foundation for your piece of training.  If you have any questions after reading the Standard, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Please note: Carbon Literacy training that is delivered without approval by The Carbon Literacy Project via Cooler Projects cannot be described or accredited as Carbon Literacy. If in doubt, just ask us.


What’s a Criteria Checker?:9707679597_407479f479_z

The next stage is to design your course. You’ll need to ensure that it complies with our Carbon Literacy Standard, and for us to check this you’ll need to fill in a Criteria Checker which essentially a check-list allowing us to match your piece of training with the CL Standard. Carbon Literacy needs to be consistent so that it can be recognised in all the many organisations and communities where it takes root – and that’s why we want CL learners to be certified as having met the requirements of the CL Standard, and for learners to get a uniquely coded Carbon Literacy certificate to evidence that achievement.


When completing a Criteria Checker, please remember to:

1. Make sure you’re filling in the most recent version of our Criteria Checker. Please download from the green Quick Links box (above). The Criteria Checker lists all the points of the Standard in a matrix-like table. Your job is to fill in the box next to our points to tell us how your course covers, or matches, that section of the Standard.

2. Include all the information that we will need to check your course against our Standard. This means every document/ training resource/ webpage/ link/ book/ photo/ youtube video/ description of activity or similar that you will use as part of your training. If in doubt, send it through anyway. We need to have a full impression of exactly how you will deliver your training, and to whom.  It’s usual that Checkers are not 100% correct when they get to us – don’t worry – we’re here to help you get it right and we might need to go through an edit or two to get there.

3. Pay us! We’re not for profit and your money goes directly into the administration required for us to approve your Criteria Checker and to fuel the Project. Please fill out the section of the Criteria Checker that tells us how you intend to pay us. You can view our Price Matrix (on Quick Links) to check our prices.

4. Get in touch if you need some help. We run occasional Criteria Checker workshops where you can drop in for some help and advice (free of charge, but subject to our availability). Check our events page to see if there are any coming up. If you don’t see one listed, get in touch and we’ll aim to set one up for you.


Key notes to remember when designing your course:

1. Register your initiative with the Project by contacting us. We can provide you with our support and ideas.

2. The course should have about 7-8 hours of learning, which can be split into 2 half-days sessions or anything you consider more appropriate for your audience. You may wish to consider delivering your course using ‘Carbon Literacy: Knowledge‘ – our tailor-made, e-learning course. If so, read more about this service here.  You could, if you so choose, also devise your own E-learning to fit the Standard.  The learning can also contain practical, work-based tasks as part of the mix.

10314241165_0100f04acc_z3. The course content needs to be relevant to its participants, which means, your learners must be able to take it into their daily lives. You can design a Carbon Literacy course around any sector as climate change affects everyone and everything – give us a shout if you need some ideas.

4. Make sure your piece of training incorporates all the sections mentioned in the Criteria Checker.

5. As a trainer you are trying to make a difference by helping learners to increase their knowledge on climate change, as well as, inspiring them to take action.

6. You may or may not feel overwhelmed. Either way, this is normal. Climate change is a huge, looming topic, and you’re likely to be met with some resistance on your travels.

7. Keep your piece of learning positive. After delivery, learners should be able to identify areas of improvement in their environment and feel passionate to make difference.  This learning should really stick with your learners – they should come away with a ‘carbon instinct’ about the impact of their everyday actions and how to balance out the ones that pollute the most.  This may sound like a tall order but it’s working right across the many partners involved in Carbon Literacy.  You can do the same and we are here to help you.

8. Carbon Literacy training should never be dull!



What happens when I’ve completed my Criteria Checker?

Email it to us at criteriacheckers[at]carbonliteracy.com and give us about 10 working days to process it and get back to you. We may ‘Approve’ it after the first go, but we normally send it back to you with suggestions of resources, materials and other ideas to help you match the CL Standard. Once we’ve approved your Criteria Checker, and therefore your course, you’re free to deliver it. Remember to collect sufficient evidence during delivery so we can see your learners have engaged, and created personal and group actions to reduce their carbon footprints, and carbon footprints as part of a wider group. Once this evidence has been approved by us, we will issue a unique certificate per learner. These will be sent to you as a PDF for you to distribute to your learners. (We can also print certificates, but we prefer not, to reduce our carbon footprint…!)


REMEMBER: You need to collect evidence when you are delivering your course. This evidence allows us to certify your learners. We need this evidence to (a) ensure that your learner took part in the training, and (b) to allow us to determine whether a participant is Carbon Literate or not. Please note, the Project can only judge the Carbon Literacy of individuals on the strength of the evidence supplied.

Evidence can be written questionnaires, photos, worksheets or just about anything you wish – but the evidence must show us that each learner has created a personal action and a group action. (See ‘Action’ section of the CL Standard). For this reason, a written statement/questionnaire from each of your learners is a very useful piece of evidence and allows quick and easy certification.  The CLP ‘Evidence Form‘ has the core questions – feel free to download and use it.

Please stress to your learners that the questionnaire answers are vital to them getting a certificate – they need not be long but they must be considered.

Please submit evidence to evidence(at)carbonliteracy.com.

Once you have submitted the evidence for each learner (within 14 days of completion of training please) we will issue you your learner’s certificates so that you may distribute them.


Once you’ve delivered a CL course, you’re now a Carbon Literacy Trainer! Your skills are well sort after, and we’d like to put you on our Training Directory, which showcases you to organisations that are in need of trainers. We want to promote you on this page. If you’d like to be included, shoot us an email and we’ll give you a template to fill in which we then use to create your online profile. Easy. (Please note that neither The Carbon Literacy Project or Cooler Projects CIC receive any financial benefit from any relationship with any trainer or training organisation, other than the fixed certification fees which apply to all certifications. We just love to share information about our star trainers.)

Do get in touch if you have any questions!