Training Program

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Introduction to MACD Training Program

The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts offers basic and continuing education modules that can be used to train district supervisors and staff about the fundamental principles and operations of conservaiton districts.  These learning modules are accessible to all who find them useful.  Additional modules will be added over time to provide continuing education opportunities, and existing material will be refreshed to keep up to date with the times.

Each module consists of a learning element and a test, both posted in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.  For certification of successful completion of each module, completed tests should be sent by email or post to the address listed.  A score of 80% for each module is considered successful.  A certificate of completion will be issued to Massachusetts supervisors and staff for the successful completionof each module, and a training record will be maintained by MACD.

Live seminars will be offered by MACD periodically in district venues throughout the state to supplement these on-line training modules.

The MACD on-line tutorial will consist of twelve (12) modules when fully populated.  As each module is completed, it will posted on this web site for public access.  The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts believes that training is the gateway to providing the best possible service to our constituents throughout the Commonwealth.  In that spirit, we welcome your comments, questions and suggestions, which should be addressed to MACD Executive Director Jeff LaFleur at

MACD Training Program Modules

Click below on the training module you would like to access.  As each module is populated, its link below will become active.  Each training module will open a new window.  Thank you for your interest in the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts training program.

0. Supervisor’s Guide

1. The Basics

2. Conservation Movement

3. Governance

4. Accountability

5. Partners

6. Programs

7. District Staff and Employees

8. Financial Training

9. Conduct of Public Meetings

10. Election Process and Board Development

11. Leadership and Strategic Planning

12. Legislative Process