Click here or go to About NPI for an update on training during COVID-19.

Protecting seminar participants, instructors, staff of Cooperating Organizations, and everyone who works with NPI to fulfill its mission is our highest priority during this challenging time. As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel scheduled seminars through the end of 2020. NPI is working as quickly as possible to establish a series of eLearning modules that complement our current seminar curriculum. We plan to have these online training opportunities available this summer. To that end we have surveyed our audience to determine your online training needs.

Online training is coming soon! In several categories below, you can preview titles of on-demand modules that will be available in mid-August. Soon we'll begin to upload overviews and agendas for each training. Please check back for updates!

NPI offers continuing education and professional training for those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI serves a broad spectrum of individuals and groups from the government and private sectors by providing eLearnings, webinars, and seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management.


Cultural and Natural Resource Management

(60-minute on-demand eLearning)
(2 days / in-person seminar)

Curation, Conservation, and Stewardship

(2 days / in-person seminar)
(2 days / in-person seminar)

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Historic Property Management and Design Considerations

(3 days / in-person seminar)
(60-minute on-demand eLearning)

Identification, Planning, and Evaluation

(2 days / in-person seminar)
(2 days / in-person seminar)

Laws and Regulations

(3 days / in-person seminar)
(2 days / in-person seminar)
(3 days / in-person seminar)
(60-minute on-demand eLearning)
(60-minute on-demand eLearning)
(3 days / in-person seminar)

Native American Cultural Interests

(1 or 2 days / in-person seminar)
(60-minute on-demand eLearning)
(2 days / in-person seminar)


(60-minute on-demand eLearning)
*These trainings are not currently scheduled, but are available as customized training or may be scheduled in the future.

Customized Training

NPI offers customized training to meet specific organizational needs. Continuing education and professional trainings may be tailored to create eLearnings, webinars, and single- or multiple-day seminars at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. NPI also can develop other preservation-related trainings. For a list of organizations that have worked with NPI to receive customized training and/or related conference services, visit the Customized Training page. Read more.

Who Should Attend

NPI trainings focus on topics of current concern to individuals and professionals involved in the management and stewardship of cultural and historic resources, charged with compliance and contracting, and/or involved in the cultural resource and environmental management process.

  • Advocates and community leaders
  • Archaeologists
  • Architects and landscape architects
  • Contractors, consultants, and project managers
  • Cultural and natural resource managers responsible for compliance requirements
  • Design, engineering, and public works professionals
  • Development, fundraising, and grant-writing professionals
  • Economic and tourism industry professionals
  • Facility managers of historic properties: structures, landscapes, and other resources
  • Federal, state, local government officials, staff, and SHPOs
  • Historians, architectural historians, and photographers
  • Historic district, landmark, and zoning commission members
  • Historic site administrators, museum curators, and collection managers
  • Housing specialists and developers
  • Land management organization members and staff
  • National, statewide, and local preservation organization members and staff
  • Native American tribal leaders, staff, and THPOs
  • Preservation, land use, and facility planners 
  • Public administrators, attorneys, and environmental specialists

Training Formats

In all training formats, participants have the opportunity to gain new knowledge, and often new skills, that are immediately applicable to their current concerns or those of their organizations or clients.

The in-person seminar format encourages discussion and allows time to focus on issues of particular interest to individuals in the group. Seminars vary in length, from one to three days, and.generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coming soon! The online, on-demand eLearning format provides 30- to 90-minute asynchronous learning modules that participants can take at any time. There is no interaction between participants and instructor.

Coming soon! The online webinar format provides 60- to 90-minute scheduled synchronous learning modules that provide interaction between participants and instructor, usually through a question-and-answer session at the end of the training.


NPI's continuing education and professional trainings are taught by nationally recognized educators, consultants, and practitioners in historic preservation, archaeology, architecture and landscape architecture, conservation, engineering, historical research, laws and regulations, planning, restoration, technology, and cultural resource management. To learn more about an instructor, visit the Faculty page. Read more.

Continuing Education Credits

NPI does not participate in any continuing education programs offered by professional organizations. Self-reporting may be an option for members of organizations that require continuing education credits. 

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance indicating completion of training are available from NPI. For eLearnings and webinars: participants who complete a module may request and receive a certificate at the end of the training. For seminars: certificates are mailed at the end of each semester to participants who attend the entire seminar. Participants may request a certificate during the registration process by checking the box on the registration form. A certificate for a one-day seminar provides 6 training hours, a two-day seminar provides 12 training hours, and a three-day seminar provides18 training hours.