Certifications can provide targeted training and hands-on experience to develop as a future professional in a particular field. Be aware that courses/sessions typically have a fee associated with them, so be sure that the certification is applicable and desirable to employers in the field you would like to pursue. We do not endorse any other organization, and listing on this site does not imply any affiliation with or support by the IES.

Ecological Society of America Certification
Designed for ecologists at all levels to demonstrate their expertise and exhibit their skill level to potential employers, clients, or colleagues.

International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist
Gain a professional level of knowledge and skill in the field of arboriculture to become a tree care professional

International Society of Sustainability Professionals Sustainability Associate Certification
Designed for those who are new to or are interested in entering the sustainability field, including students, recent graduates, and/or early career professionals. 

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Food Manager Certification
Food safety and allergen awareness training

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Certification
A required certification to be able to apply pesticides for a commercial purpose or in the course of employment

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Wastewater Operator Certification Program
Rules and regulations, technical assistance, and certification for Wastewater System Operators

Michigan Farmer’s Market Association
Farmer’s Market Manager Certificate Program

Michigan Prescribed Fire Council
Prescribed fire for land stewardship and firefighting

Michigan State University Extension Conservation Stewards Program
Land management and conservation

Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener
Horticulture and volunteer leader training

National Environmental Health Association
Registered environmental health specialist/sanitarian, foodborne outbreak investigator, and comprehensive and professional food safety

National Registry of Environmental Professionals
Has numerous certifications in the environmental field, including environmental scientist, auditor, and manager, and waste management professional

Solar Energy International Solar Professionals Certificate Program
Residential and commercial photovoltaic systems and renewable applications

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
Solid waste, recycling systems, composting programs, and zero waste

Wild-foraged Mushroom Identification Certification Program
Become an expert mushroom identifier who can lawfully broker select wild-foraged Michigan mushrooms

 If you know of other certifications not listed here, please let us know!
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