Your carbon offset purchasing strategy should be fully considered, assessed and linked to a range of strategic drivers and targeted organisational objectives. The consequences of a carbon offsets purchase can have ramifications for the entire business. It should be a fully informed process for managing risks and aligning outcomes.

Why you should take this course

Developing a thorough understanding of carbon offsets is daunting and time consuming. It’s not only complicated to the inexperienced, there are risks associated ranging from misinformation to dealing with unreliable and untrustworthy suppliers.
Purchasing carbon offsets can also be linked to strategic consequences that require careful consideration. Beyond the financial risks, purchasing the wrong offsets could have adverse implications on a company’s brand and reputation.
As the compliance market coms into their own, there are new rules, guidelines and compliance obligations that must be supported and addressed, much of which is still being bedded down by authorities and regulators and needs to be thoroughly understood.
This interactive online zoom course is designed for organisations interested in exploring the option of purchasing carbon offsets to reduce their emissions and/or reaching Net Zero status. By the end of this course, you will have a well-developed understanding of carbon offsetting that will allow you to make sound decisions to achieve your organisational objectives.

What you will learn

  • What offsets represent
  • How offsets work within a market-based response to climate change
  • Who the carbon players are
  • The various project types of carbon offsets
  • Carbon standards
  • Methodologies
  • Carbon offset project development cycle
  • Trading in carbon offsets
  • Distinguishing between carbon offsets and carbon permits
  • Pricing offsets
  • How to select offsets
  • How to source offsets

Course program

Part 1 Market based responses to Climate Change

  • Climate science and the carbon cycle
  • What is a carbon offset? Concept of tradable instrument
  • History of carbon offsetting and the carbon markets
  • The Clean Development Mechanism
  • Who are the carbon players?
  • The role of carbon credit in compliance markets
  • Voluntary carbon standards
  • The role of carbon standards in a voluntary market
  • Exploring the various types of carbon offsets
  • ACCUs (Australian Carbon Credit Units) and approved methodologies and issues
  • The place of the renewable energy certificates(RET) and GreenPower within the carbon regime

Part 2 A market focus

  • Regulatory frameworks ? Carbon Pricing Mechanisms (Emissions Trading Scheme or tax)
  • Linkages between emissions trading schemes, function and impact on liquidity and dynamics
  • The voluntary market, scope
  • OTC and exchange traded markets for carbon offsets
  • The role of registries
  • Offsets to suit your organisation as a consumer – Climate Active or Sunshine Project
  • Concept of fit with organisational goals, price, location, type, methodology, carbon standard
  • Source compliance and voluntary offsets ?
  • Retiring carbon offsets

Students undertaking the course receive:

  • A structured program of delivery that meets strict accredited workforce training standards
  • A learner guide complete with course materials case studies, toolkits & assessment tasks
  • Classroom facilitation from industry experienced instructors
  • Free access to a commercial grade carbon accounting tool for the duration of the course

* Successful completion of the course subject to meeting the assessment requirements of the course

More Information

$1,045 incl GST for the Online Course, and Face to Face course fees negotiated.

Online mode course is 4 x weekly sessions of 1.5 hours each.

Face to Face Classroom mode length: 2 Days

Participants wishing to gain a Statement for this course will need to complete a series of workbooks and undertake formal assessment.

Course Pre-requisites: None

For more information, please send your request to Winton Evers at, 0400232200