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Basic Course


1. Details of the training programme for the review experts of GHG inventories

The courses of the training programme are intended to train review experts for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to GHG inventories by Annex I Parties.

The courses of the training programme are mandatory for any expert with relevant GHG inventory experience, who has not previously participated in GHG inventory reviews.  Each trainee taking the basic course will be required to study the general module and one sector-specific module. Trainees are allocated to sector-specific modules based on their previous experience in national GHG inventories and the needs of the inventory review process.  At the request of any Party,  the training courses will also be made available to other experts interested in the technical review of GHG inventories.

All courses are available on-line and offered thru the Internet in an e-learning format for a study period of six weeks each year.  During this period, trainees are expected to dedicate time to complete and follow the on-line courses. Instructors are available during this period to answer questions on the course content and to monitor the individual performance of trainees throughout their study. for trainees with limited access to Internet, the secretariat can provide the e-learning courses on a CD-ROM. The working language for the training is English.  A good command of this language is required for participating in the training programme.

Following completion of the on-line courses, the UNFCCC secretariat conducts a closing training seminar for around 30 trainees each year to provide additional hands-on experience with inventory review materials.  During the seminar, trainees conduct a simulation of a centralized review of real GHG inventory materials with the support of instructors and the secretariat. The seminar will conclude with mandatory two examinations for all trainees on the basic course contents, covering both general and sector-specific aspects of inventory reviews. Additional regional training seminars following a study period of six weeks may also be offered, depending on the availability of resources.

The on-line courses are also available to trainees all year round, without support of instructors.  In this case, other arrangements for examinations could be made, provided that examinations take place under the supervision of the secretariat and that this does not require additional resources.

New GHG inventory review experts who successfully complete the requirements of the training programme and pass the mandatory examinations will be invited to participate in centralized or in-country reviews under the Convention, working alongside experienced review experts.  New review experts who do not pass an examination at the first attempt may retake the examination once only, provided that the expert has fulfilled all of the tasks assigned during the training in a timely manner and that the retake does not require the secretariat to incur additional costs.   

Basic course

The course, in its general module, covers a comprehensive introduction to the new “Guidelines for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to greenhouse gas inventories, biennial reports and national communications by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention” in the part related to the GHG inventory reviews, an overview of the “Guidelines for the preparation of national communications by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention, Part I: UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual greenhouse gas inventories”, guidance on procedures and approaches for the technical review of GHG inventories and general IPCC inventory guidance with the application of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.

The course, in its individual modules, covers specific aspects of the review of the energy; industrial processes and product use; agriculture; land use, land-use change and forestry; and waste sectors. This course also provides guidance on drafting substantive review reports that are consistent among review teams and reader friendly.

Target audience: New and experienced review experts of GHG inventories.

Type of course: On-line facilitated by instructors, with a closing training seminar.

Examination requirements: New review experts of GHG inventories must pass the general examination and a sectoral examination before participating in expert review teams. Lead reviewers and experienced review experts of GHG inventories are encouraged to take the examinations. Examinations are in writing and conducted in person.


Review of complex models and higher tier methods

The course provides general guidance, procedures, and specific aspects for the review of emission estimates performed using complex models and higher tier methods, in particular tier 3 methods. For this course are implemented two optional self-check electronic examinations, one for the LULUCF sector and the other for all the other IPCC sectors.

Target audience: Lead reviewers and review experts of GHG inventories.

Type of course: On-line without instructors.

Examination requirements: Optional with self-check electronic examination.


Improving communication and building consensus in expert review teams

The course covers cross-cultural communication and conflict avoidance and provides tools to improve the work of expert review teams and facilitate teamwork.

Target audience: Lead reviewers and review experts of GHG inventories.

Type of course: On-line without instructors.

Examination requirements: Optional with self-check electronic examination.


Refresher seminar for experienced GHG inventory review experts

The annual seminar provides general guidance on specific and complex aspects of the technical review of GHG emission estimates. It enables experienced review experts to strengthen and refresh their knowledge, in relation to both cross-cutting aspects and sector-specific issues, including relevant supplementary information.

Target audience: Lead reviewers and experienced review experts of GHG inventories.

For any questions please contact: ghgtraining@unfccc.int