Who should register

Our training courses are targeted at professionals with all levels of knowledge and experience interested in sustainable hydropower development.

Participants of our trainings have included hydropower developers and operators, governments, NGOs, financiers, construction contractors, equipment providers, consultants and members of academia.

Hydropower developers and operators

Learn how to certify your projects using the Hydropower Sustainability Standard, understand international good and best practices and acquire skills to make informed decisions when planning, constructing or operating hydropower projects.

Government officials and financiers

Learn how to apply sustainability principles in decision-making, promote sustainability to strengthen regulations and legislation and understand how the Standard can unlock green financing


Build internal capacity to improve sustainability leadership, apply sustainability criteria to screen out risky projects and support clients in optimising internal processes and policies.

Training tailored to your needs

Our training programs are designed to be flexible, and can be tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Whether you are an individual or an organisation, we will work with you to design a training program that meets your specific needs.

  • In-person classroom

    Available on predetermined dates and at set locations, with the advantage of interacting with other organisations’ participants.

  • Virtual classroom

    A series of live, online sessions led by experienced instructors and offline homework activities to apply the knowledge learned.

  • In-house training

    Conducted at your organisation and tailored to match the message and style of presentation best suited to the culture and specific requirements of your organisation.

  • eLearning

    Access the training materials and complete the course at your own pace from any internet-enabled device 24/7.

Why you should register for training

  • Professional accreditation

    Gain a professional certificate and recognition by the International Hydropower Association and the Hydropower Sustainability Council

  • Sustainability knowledge

    Achieve comprehensive knowledge of the international good and best practice in environmental, social and governance topics of the Hydropower Sustainability Standard

  • Technical know-how

    Acquire the technical know-how to conduct sustainability assessments, identify gaps in performance and prepare action plans using the HS Standard

Who we are

The courses are delivered by the IHA Sustainability, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the International Hydropower Association. We design and deliver training and accreditation courses to practitioners on how to use the Hydropower Sustainability Standard to improve the sustainability performance of hydropower projects.

Building on 25 years of hydropower experience, we provide the most wide-reaching and up-to-date knowledge about sustainability in the hydropower sector. Our training programs are designed to be interactive and hands-on, so participants can gain the skills and knowledge they need to improve the sustainability of their projects.

To learn more about what we do, please visit our website or contact us at sustainability@hydropower.org.