In an effort to improve the availability of Red List training around the world, IUCN, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has developed the online IUCN Red List Training course.
The online Red List Training course "Assessing Species' Extinction Risk using IUCN Red List Methodology" includes all of the topics covered in a typical IUCN Red List Assessor Training workshop, with some additional lessons that allow the learner to explore some aspects of the Red List Categories and Criteria in more detail. The course structure involves seven modules.
Module 1: Introduction to the IUCN Red List. This module introduces learners to IUCN and the IUCN Red List, and provides an insight into how IUCN Red List data are to inform and catalyse conservation action.
Module 2: IUCN Red List Assessments. This module provides an overview of what an IUCN Red List assessment is and how to transform raw data into a published IUCN Red List assessment.
Module 3: IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This module includes 11 lessons covering all aspects of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria and how to use IUCN methodology to assess a species’ extinction risk.
Module 4: Supporting Information for IUCN Red List Assessments. This module provides an outline of the supporting information required for IUCN Red List assessments.
Module 5: IUCN Red List Mapping Protocols. This module presents the IUCN Red List mapping standards.
Module 6: IUCN Species Information Service. This module explains what SIS is, who can access it, and how to use the system.
Module 7: Regional IUCN Red List Assessments. This module outlines how to use the IUCN Red List methodology to complete scientifically rigorous Red List assessments for a regional or national Red List.
IUCN Red List Assessor Exam. The final exam will be released towards the end of 2013. This will allow you to test your understanding of the topics covered in the course modules. Passing the exam will entitle you to a certificate to prove that you have successfully completed the course.
The online IUCN Red List Training course is hosted by the ConservationTraining website. ConservationTraining is an open, online learning resource that provides high-quality educational content on a broad range of conservation issues.
The course is free, self-paced, and available to anyone with an internet connection and who wants to learn more about the IUCN Red List and how to prepare high-quality Red List assessments. It is designed to provide open access to training without having to rely on the availability of a Red List Assessor Training workshop.
Please note that this is not intended to be an academic course; the final course certificate is not a professional qualification. To become a successful IUCN Red List Assessor you will need to use the knowledge gained from the course to carry out Red List assessments and have these accepted for publication.