IUCN, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has developed an online IUCN Red List training course: "Assessing Species' Extinction Risk using IUCN Red List Methodology". Hosted by ConservationTraining, the IUCN Red List course is free and is available in English, French and Spanish.
The course covers the following topics:
- What the IUCN Red List is and how it is used (Module 1: Introduction to the IUCN Red List)
- The Red List assessment process (Module 2: IUCN Red List assessments)
- How to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (Module 3: IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria)
- What supporting information is required for Red List assessments (Module 4: Supporting information for IUCN Red List assessments)
- Preparing distribution maps (Module 5: IUCN Red List mapping protocols)
- Storing and managing IUCN Red List data (Module 6: IUCN Species Information Service)
- Regional and national Red List assessments (Module 7: Regional IUCN Red List assessments)
The course also includes a final course exam, which is designed to test your knowledge of the IUCN Red List and your skills in calculating the various parameters used in the assessment process. Passing the exam will entitle you to a certificate to prove that you have successfully completed the course.
Please note that 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 complete Red List assessments and have these accepted for publication.