CEQA Practitioner Program


The four-course CEQA Practitioner Program has been designed to provide professionals with a comprehensive overview of the entire CEQA process. Through a review of case studies, project-based work and real-world examples that instructors and fellow learners bring to the discussion, you’ll gain an understanding of the legal requirements and best practices necessary to ensuring your project meets CEQA standards.

Program at a Glance

  • Complete in less than a year
  • 4 online courses (2 required and 2 electives)
  • $1,960 - $2,165

Who Is This Program For?

  • Early- to mid-career environmental planners and consultants
  • State and local jurisdiction employees who oversee CEQA projects
  • Land use and environmental attorneys
  • Civil engineers and real estate developers

You’ll Learn How To…

  • Understand and apply CEQA requirements and underlying case law
  • Develop initial studies and determine when an EIR is required
  • Establish thresholds of significance
  • Create effective, defensible mitigation measures
  • Review CEQA documents and supporting materials
  • Effectively manage CEQA projects and teams
  • Engage and communicate with stakeholders

How Does it Work?

  • Complete two required courses: CEQA: A Step-by-step Approach and Successful CEQA Compliance: An Intensive Seminar
  • Complete two elective courses of your choosing (see full list of available electives below in Section Notes)
  • Successfully complete a total of four (4) courses in a year, or less, and you will earn a skills badge to display on LinkedIn
  • Students who enroll in this program and pre-pay for all four courses up front receive a 10% discount on their final elective course and $25 off our return course, CEQA Update Issues and Trends

How to Enroll

  • Click on the “Apply Now” button and fill out a brief application form where we’ll ask you to choose the two elective courses you’d like to take. Don’t worry, there’s no application fee!
  • Once you submit your application, a program representative will email you within 48 business hours with a link to your personalized shopping cart where you will be able to pay for the two required and two elective courses you’ve chose for your program
  • Upon payment, you will be enrolled into all four courses and will receive instructions via email as to the dates and next steps for your personalized CEQA Practitioner Program
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Association Credits

American Planning Assoc (AICP)
State Bar of California (MCLE)

Section Notes

All courses in this program are online, in a remote learning format, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to real-time lecture/Q&A sessions with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom.

Attendance of the live session and completion of associated activities for each course is mandatory to receive credit for this program.

Individual course details, including dates and times of lectures and Q&A sessions will be emailed out prior to the start of each class.

Program Schedule

Total instruction time for an individual course, including watching pre-recorded lectures, course work and participation in required live class discussions is approximately equivalent to a one-day (6.5-hour) class or a two-day (13 hour) class. Please note that course schedules are tentative and subject to change.

Course Fall Winter Spring Summer
CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach (required) X X Online
Jan 10-12, 2024
Successful CEQA Compliance: An Intensive Seminar (required)   Online
Feb 12-23, 2024
NEPA Overview and Refresher (elective) Online
Dec 4-5, 2024
Project Planning for Permit Integration (elective) Online
Nov 6-8, 2024
Cultural Resource Management: CEQA, NEPA and Section 106 (elective)   Online
Mar 6-8, 2024
Developing and Writing Effective CEQA Documents (elective)     In Person
May 15-16, 2024
Mitigation Measure Development and Monitoring (elective)     Online
Jun 5-7, 2024
Project Management for CEQA (elective)   Online
Mar 27-29, 2024
EIR/EIS Preparation and Review (elective) Online
Oct 16-18, 2024

Enrollment Policies

Students enrolled in the CEQA Practitioner Program receive a discounted program fee on their final course. If your plans change, a request to drop (or transfer) to another offering of a series or course must be received prior to the course start date and will require a processing fee of $30.

Refund deadline: January 3, 2024. Requests to drop from the full series prior to 7 days before the start of the first class will be processed with a full refund, less a $30 processing fee.

Students may transfer into other course sections if a core course or elective does not fit their schedule, but after the refund window closes before the first-class requests to drop the CEQA Practitioner Program will not be processed.

Contact the program manager to discuss changes to the CEQA Practitioner Program of courses.

Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Technical Requirements

Please view the technological requirements for online learning to ensure your success in this course: https://cpe.ucdavis.edu/areas-study/online-programs/technical-requirements