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Requirements Manual

As anticipated we have released the third edition of the Requirements Manual, recently approved by the Commission after careful deliberation and consideration of feedback from the land trust community. For more information, including a red-line version of the changes, click here . Land trusts in the application process or previously accredited will be contacted individually with this news, and all are invited to participate in the following webinars. 

May 8:  Revised Requirements Manual and First-Time Accreditation

Whether you recently submitted an application for first-time accreditation, or are planning to register for 2015 or beyond, this webinar is for you! Receive an overview of the changes to the Requirements Manual as they relate to first-time accreditation, and have your questions answered during this conference call hosted by the Commission. Visit our Training webpage for complete details and to register (the recorded webinar will be posted there as well).

May 22:  Revised Requirements Manual and Renewal of Accreditation

Whether you recently submitted an application for renewal of accreditation, are slated to renew in 2015 or later, or were just accredited, this webinar is for you! Receive an overview of the changes to the Requirements Manual as they relate to renewal of accreditation, and have your questions answered during this conference call hosted by the Commission. Visit our Training webpage for complete details and to register (the recorded webinar will be posted there as well).

About the Requirements Manual

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission is very pleased to provide the the Accreditation Requirements Manual: A Land Trust’s Guide to Understanding Key Elements of Accreditation as a resource to help applicants and accredited land trusts be successful in the accreditation process. This comprehensive manual augments and replaces the information previously published in the Commission’s Guidance Documents and in prior editions. It provides, all in one manual, information on the elements the Commission evaluates for every indicator practice.

First introduced in 2012, the manual is based on Land Trust Standards and Practices and the evolving field of land conservation as well as the Commission’s experience in reviewing more than 300 applications for land trust accreditation. The manual will be reviewed annually and will:

  • Enable applicants to submit stronger applications for accreditation.
  • Help provide predictability in the requirements.
  • Maximize staff and volunteer resources of applicants and the Commission.

While each applicant must meet the requirements of each indicator practice, the Commission evaluates each applicant’s approach in the context of the other materials presented in the application to balance individual differences and circumstances with consistency and fairness.

Providing Feedback

The Commission welcomes feedback on the Requirements Manual at any time from the land trust community and other stakeholders. The intent is to review the Requirements Manual annually; comments are most useful by October to ensure that they are considered as part of the review process. In considering changes, the committee and the Commission evaluate the following:

  • Whether the change is consistent with Land Trust Standards and Practices, Alliance materials, and/or any external publications (such as Internal Revenue Service publications).
  • Whether the change can be verified and measured.
  • What impact the change will have on the land trust community and Commission.