Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much time is required to complete the course?
A:
It is estimated that you will spend approximately five hours each week on viewing presentations, answering presentation questions, interacting with presenters and other participants within an electronic discussion board, accessing and reading resources, and completing assignments and quizzes. There will be a live webinar scheduled each week that is up to the participants discretion to view and participate live or view after it is recorded. All remaining time necessary (~4 hours per week) for activities other than attending the live webinar is flexible and can be allocated by the registrant at any time convenient for the purpose.

Q: Will I be required to “attend” presentations at scheduled times?
A: No. There will be one live webinar each week that you are invited to attend a presentation or activity and able to talk to other participants and the instructors. However, if you are not available to attend at the scheduled time, you may view the recorded webinar after 5:00pm Pacific Time on the day it is scheduled. You will also be able to communicate with other participants and the instructors through discussion boards at any time convenient for the purpose.

Q: Can I pay with a check?
A: Yes, please register by clicking the Register Now button on this page, fill out the registration form, select Credit Card or eCheck at the bottom of the page and click continue. You may the close the payment window and send us a check. Please email a copy of the check to professional@nau.edu to verify it is in the mail. Checks should be made payable to:  Northern Arizona University. You may send the check to the following address:

Northern Arizona University

C/O Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

PO Box 15004

Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Q: What are some of the benefits of participating in the Professional NAU courses?
A: Increasing tribal capacity and enhancing your tribal environmental program by learning from experts and tribal professionals with many years of experience working in the environmental field. Networking with other participants and professionals. Earning continuing education credits with tribal specific training. Practical environmental management training from your home or office allowing you to stay on task in the office. 

Q: Do I receive credit for taking a Professional NAU course or module?
A: Upon completion of each module (with *75% pass rate on the final exam – participants may take the exam until passed), participants will receive an online certificate of completion equivalent to Continuing Education Units (CEUs) identified in the module descriptions. These CEUs are offered by ITEP under the umbrella of NAU’s College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences and NAU’s Applied Indigenous Studies Program.

Q: Will I receive a certificate of completion for each module if I am taking the entire course?
A: Yes, upon completion of each module (with *75% pass rate on the final exam – participants may take the exam until passed), participants will receive an online certificate of completion equivalent to Continuing Education Units (CEUs) identified in the module descriptions. Participants that successfully complete all modules in a course will also receive an online certificate of completion equivalent to Continuing Education Units (CEUs) identified for the course.

Q: Can I start and end the course whenever I choose?
A: No. These courses will be offered 2-3 times per year. The course dates will be updated to reflect offerings as they become available. Participants may only take the courses during the designated dates and complete the courses/modules during those dates.

Q: Will my tribe help to pay for this training?
A: Possibly. Existing and future GAP grant funding may include training for capacity building. Contact your EPA project officer for approval. Staff training may be written into other grants, such as EPA Brownfields Program funding. Ask your supervisor and work with ITEP staff if you need specific information to qualify.

Q: Do these courses count for academic credit?
A: No. These courses do not provide academic credit from NAU.

Q: Will I have an opportunity to interact with faculty during the course? What about my peers – will we be interacting regularly throughout the course?
A: Yes, through discussion boards, and questions posed by the instructional team, interaction with participants and instructors will take place.