Workshops and Trainings

Workshops & Certificates – Schedule

Past Workshops & Trainings


Center for Sustainable Development  & Resilience

EPA-Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Certification Course: All contractors who renovate, repair and/or paint residential buildings, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 must have EPA certified renovators and follow lead-safe work practices. Those who do not expose themselves to the risk of a $37,000 fine. This course is designed to help contractors avoid this risk by maintaining compliance with EPA standards.

Introduction to Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development: Low Impact Development (LID) is typically defined as a stormwater management design framework aimed at minimizing the negative impacts of stormwater runoff. LID includes: mimicking pre-development hydrology, tree conservation, maximizing open space, maintenance, structural practices, and education.  This course addresses LID in the contexts of design, planning, implementation, and maintenance.  The introductory course is designed for planners, engineers, landscape architects, realtors, surveyors, and local governments. This introductory course gives an overview of LID from a holistic perspective. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply principles learned in design and review scenarios, identify intricate components of an LID, and understand how each component functions and contributes to the overall system.

Integrating Urban Agriculture & Urban Stormwater Management: This workshop will highlight the University of the District of Columbia’s Sustainability Program, which seeks to integrate urban agriculture and urban stormwater management. The workshop will highlight green infrastructure, low impact development, federal, state, public-private partnerships, and a unique partnership with the D.C. Housing Authority. It will also include an evaluation of economics and social impacts. Participants will engage in a design charrette for an integrated urban agriculture/urban storm water project in DC.

Introduction to Proactive Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship requires a complete commitment to mastering complex business, leadership, and life skills.  Proactive entrepreneurship requires these skills, in addition to a thorough understanding of the leadership capacity required of the startup’s founders, key management and support team.  The course plan is to cover the curriculum described below in five 90-minute sessions.  Students will be required to draft and edit a business plan for a proposed company, and to make a presentation requesting funding, strategic partnership, or other critical resources from experienced finance professionals and local angel investors.

Introduction to SPSS: SPSS is one of the most commonly used statistical software solutions for data management, description, and analysis. This single-day, postgraduate module workshop begins with a brief introduction of the questionnaire, and introduces students to the basics of SPSS using a real survey data example. Skills covered include: entering and coding data, descriptive statistics, variable recoding, graphing, chi-square tests, t-tests, and correlation. First-time and new users of SPSS are welcomed.  Prior knowledge of basic statistics (such as mean, median, and normal distribution), as well as basic computer skills of computer and Microsoft Excel are required.

Survey Fundamentals and Data Collection and Descriptive Data Analysis and Presentation: Each 90-minute, non-technical workshop is for community leaders, developers, and residents who have a desire to use survey-based and data oriented tools to improve their work. The first workshop covers the basics of survey design and data collection. The second workshop covers concepts in central tendency measurements and commonly available ways of presenting data using Microsoft Excel. Registration fee for each workshop is $25 (material included) and you will receive a discounted rate of $40 if you register for both.

Swale and Filter Strip Design: Swales and filter strips are an important, but often overlooked, part of stormwater management and low impact development. Being simple to construct, however, does not translate into minimal benefits. Swales “out-punch their weight” with respect to removal of certain pollutants. Recent research conducted in North Carolina, the USA, and the world has led to new design guidance for swales that allows engineers and other designers to “tailor” swale design to specific water quality goals, while still conveying needed flows. By making relatively simple adjustments to swale cross-section, length, and grass height, swales can be very effective. This workshop will review the most innovative designs for swales. Design for urban areas will be emphasized. Additionally, a new swale concept, the regenerative stormwater conveyance (RSC), which is a step pool conveyance system incorporating specially-designed media focused on nutrient removal, will be discussed.  Recent research on these systems has shown potential hydrologic and water quality improvements.

Lead Worker Abatement Class: UDC is offering training for individuals interested in becoming certified lead abatement workers. Attendees of the two-day course will: 1) Engage in interactive classroom training; 2) Participate in a small classroom setting and one on one training; 3) Receive a comprehensive manual to keep for future reference; 4) Engage in hands on training in a state-of-the-art containment room; and 5) Receive a Lead Abatement Worker Certificate of Completion.

Introduction to Urban Bio Intensive Agriculture:  This course constitutes 15 total contact hours and enrollees may choose between two options or select an individual course(s).

Option 1: Urban Agriculture Techniques, will cover Principles of Sustainable Agriculture, High Efficiency Production Methods for Urban Growers and Urban Agriculture Innovations.

Option 2: Business Principles in Urban Agriculture, will cover principles of sustainable agriculture, urban agriculture, site planning and design, and business principles of sustainable agriculture.  Principles of Sustainable Agriculture is a required course and must be taken before enrolling in any other certificate program offering.

Introduction to Composting:  A constant supply of fresh compost is ideal for many community garden sites and residents who want to grow flowers or fresh produce. Composting helps to turn food scrap and yard waste into healthy and nutritious soil that can be used for gardening. However, the garden site should meet basic requirements in order to host a composting system

During this course we will discuss these requirements and ensure that students are prepared to start a small composting project.

Introduction to Season Extension: Season extension will allow continued growing of some summer crops and many fall crops. Students will learn how to create hoop houses over raised beds to extend the growing season, and how to plant cover crops in uncovered beds to retain nutrients in the topsoil layer for easy replanting in the spring.


Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education

Aquaponics/Hydroponics Technician Certification: Aquaponics refers to a food production method that combines the fields of aquaculture (fish production) and hydroponics (growing vegetables in water). Aquaculture is defined as raising aquatic organisms such as fish and shrimp; Hydroponics is defined as growing plants in nutrient rich water without soil. The waste created by the fish serves as fertilizer for the vegetable plants. The technique, therefore, allows for a synergistic system in which fish and plants are grown together for mutual benefit.  This certificate program equips participants with the knowledge to design, build, and operate aquaponic and hydroponic systems. Participants will engage in the hands-on operation and maintenance of a full scale aquaponic system to gain a deep understanding of the technology and its applications.

Beginning Beekeeping Certificate Course: This introductory beekeeping course provides the resources and knowledge needed to successfully and responsibly keep bees in the District of Columbia. Taught by active beekeepers, this course will cover beekeeping equipment; colony dynamics; diseases, parasites, and pests; startup requirements; floral sources; and seasonal factors. Students attending all eight classes will receive a certificate of completion.

Creating Change Makers:  Change is challenging.  The students in this program will draw on their own personal history as a source of their capacity to achieve their aims.  The program begins with self-inquiry that involves autobiographical self exploration. That foundational work will be followed by an introduction to core competencies, which will be both generic and specific. General skills covered include:  team-building, valuing diversity, using sound and current data, seeking and using feedback, re-framing for success, forging strong agreements, whole systems thinking, and building win-win agreements.  Specific competencies will include open space group facilitation, grant-writing, project budgeting, and creating a TimeBank project .  Some of these skills will be covered in the course while others will be introduced through field-based practicums.

DC Master Gardener Program: This program provides students with extensive training in topics such as botany, plant pathology, entomology, urban soils, vegetable gardening, pruning and plant propagation. Participants are required to dedicate volunteer time to demonstrate horticultural practices; answer questions, provide information, and speak at public events; and participate in community gardening programs.


Center for Nutrition Diet and Health

Cooking Healthy from Farm to Table:   This 5-day, hands-on cooking series focuses on practical essential kitchen skills and fundamentals techniques such as grilling, roasting, and sautéing.

Professional Food Managers Certification Training (Food Handling): Each 5-day class will meet from 9:00am-4:00pm, each day.  The course fee includes the NSF Guard Professional Food Manager Certification Training Version 6.0 and one round of testing for the national exam.

SMART Nutrition (“Safe, Manageable, Affordable, Relevant, and Tasty Nutrition to Support Healthy Aging):  “SMART Nutrition” is an acronym for Safe, Manageable, Affordable, Relevant, and Tasty nutrition geared toward senior residents. This 8-session certificate course is designed to give senior citizens practical healthy aging and chronic disease prevention strategies with a sustainable food, nutrition, and physical activity emphasis. Participants will engage in interactive nutrition education, healthy food budgeting, cooking demonstration, physical activity, nutrition policy, service, and peer coaching activities that will enable them to enhance their personal lives and better serve their community. The adapted evidence-based Eat Smart, Live Strong curriculum for older adults and the University of the District of Columbia Urban Food Hubs Model will serve as the core foundation of the certificate group sessions and service activities.


Center for 4-H and Youth Development

Volunteer Leaders Training:  Volunteers have been an integral part of the success of 4-H since the 1920s, serving as club and project leaders, camp counselors, and even as trainers and mentors.  4-H adult volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to youth development by sharing learned skills. The 4-H Volunteer Leaders Training prepares adults to assist youth in managing 4-H clubs and activities. Learn how to support youth in learning about leadership and opportunities that help them to meet their full potential.

Engaging Youth in Urban Agriculture: (Workshop for Educators): This course is designed for adults working with children and includes innovative ways of engaging them in agriculture. The course addresses elementary, middle school and high school youth. The course includes experiential learning activities that is engaging and fun. The program includes a field trip to a local school garden and projects and ideas about engaging teens in a farmer’s market.

Community CPR: Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrive. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and procedures for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who is seeking a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Nanny Certificate Course:  This certificate course is designed to support nannies with the essential tools they need to properly manage the children they are in charge of daily. The class covers critical topic such as child development and age milestones, CPR and first aid safety, infant care, and positive discipline.


Other Offerings

Volunteer Training:  Volunteers play an integral role in the success of many organizations.  CAUSES relies heavily on the contributions of hardworking volunteers. The CAUSES Volunteer training program provides a framework of processes and procedures that volunteers in any organization should expect. Volunteers will be engaged in activities and group projects that successfully teach essential concepts that must be mastered before they begin their volunteer service.  All participants will need to register for this training via the Volgistics System online and pass a criminal background checks. The certificate will qualify volunteers to work in any CAUSES programs.