Speciality Programmes

Certificate in Climate Risk

Gaining the knowledge to lead positive change.


In a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, understanding climate risk is not just a necessity, but a responsibility for every financial services professional. The Certificate in Climate Risk, supported by the Sustainable Finance Skillnet (SFS), has been designed specifically to provide you with the professional knowledge and expertise needed to support customers, colleagues, and communities in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon world.

The certificate has been validated on the NFQ at Level 7 (10 ECTS).

Who’s the Certificate in Climate Risk programme for?

  • Anyone who wants to be ahead of the curve as analysing climate risks is now a crucial goal for all financial services providers.
  • Professionals wishing to be in line with the Central Bank of Ireland’s expectations for regulated financial service providers (Firms) in relation to climate and broader environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.
  • Professionals wishing to build the technical capacity and knowledge to correctly analyse sustainability risks and to ensure that the financial system is fit for purpose and properly implemented in an evolving landscape.
  • Professionals looking to enhance their career prospects with an advanced qualification directly relatable to their industry

Funding available

Potential particpants may be able to avail of 30% funding from the International Sustainable Finance Centre of Excellence (ISFCOE) if the fee is invoiced and paid for by their employer. Funding opportunities are limited, so please register early.

Key Details


  • Certificate in Climate Risk for Financial Services Professionals (Level 7 Award)
  • Awarding by: Atlantic Technological University, Sligo
  • European Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 10


  • Online


  • 14 weeks with semesters starting in Spring and Autumn


  • Mixed assessment with reflective assignment and MCQ exam
The insurance industry will need to be ambitious in its consideration of climate change and those that have participated in the Insurance Institute’s Certificate in Climate Risk will be able to help their firms and the insurance industry achieve those ambitions. ‒ Domhnall Cullinan Director of Insurance Supervision
I feel that by participating in the Certificate in Climate Risk for Financial Services Professionals this has enhanced my knowledge of climate change and climate risk as well as the potential opportunities available to financial services as a result of climate change. We were also given a deeper understanding of the need for change and the role that regulation and legislation plays. ‒ Naomi T. Senior Risk Manager
I found the course content very relevant and practical - I've already implemented tips I picked up on the course in my role as a risk manager. All guest lecturers were very well versed in their area and I was engaged throughout their presentations. ‒ Roy S. Loss Adjusting Specialist

Key Semester Dates

  • Date Topic
    6 September Online Launch/Induction
    11 September Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
    16-20 September Impacts of Climate Change
    23-27 September Types of Climate Risk
    30 September - 4 October Introduction to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities
    7-11 October Measuring, Monitoring, and Reporting Climate Risks
    14-18 October Measuring Climate Risks and the Data Challenge
    21-25 October Scenario Analysis and Climate Risk Modelling
    23 October Assessment Clinic
    28 October - 1 November Reading Week
    4-8 November Regulatory Approaches to Climate Change
    6-10 November Embedding Climate Risk Within Governance and Culture
    11-15 November Green, Sustainable and Transition Finance
    20 November Assessment Clinic
    4 December Final Submission of Reflective Statement
    7 December Open Book MCQ Exam

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