To be able to prepare high-quality assessments for publication on the IUCN Red List, Red List Assessors must first understand the Red List assessment process, the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, and the supporting information requirements for assessments.
For regional and national Red Lists based on IUCN methodology, Red List Assessors must also understand the rules for applying the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria at sub-global levels.
Red List Assessor training is essential for new Assessors. Red List training tools and materials also serve as useful reminders for experienced Red List Assessors.
One method IUCN uses to provide Red List Assessor training is the training workshop. IUCN has developed a 3-4 day workshop curriculum that uses an interactive approach to teach Assessors how to prepare high-quality assessments using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
The IUCN Red List Training workshop format includes a series of short presentations interspersed with practical sessions to give participants the best opportunity to understand how to prepare high-quality extinction risk assessments using the IUCN Red List methodology.
The duration and content of the workshop varies depending on whether Assessors need to learn only about preparing global Red List assessments, or whether they will also be preparing regional or national assessments. A four day workshop typically covers the following topics:
Introduction to IUCN and the IUCN Red List
Terms used in the IUCN Red List Criteria and their definitions
Data quality and uncertainty
IUCN Red List Categories
IUCN Red List Criteria
Assessing the global Red List status of species for publication on the IUCN Red List
Assessing the status of species within a specific area for publication in regional or national Red Lists
Supporting information requirements for IUCN Red List assessments
Mapping standards for IUCN Red List assessments
Red List data storage and management: the IUCN Species Information Service (SIS)
Click here to see a typical four day Red List Assessor Training workshop agenda.
The IUCN Red List Training Workshop curriculum uses a series of presentations, case studies and exercises to help workshop participants to learn how to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria at both global and national or regional levels. These materials are frequently updated. All of the certified IUCN Red List Trainers have access to the current training materials; if you are not part of the Red List Trainer network but would like access to any of the training materials for teaching purposes, please contact the IUCN Red List Unit.