2023 CEQA Essentials Workshop

An Introduction & Intermediate-Level Training Workshop

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - Thursday, November 9, 2023
8:30am – 4:30pm



The Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) invites you to register for the CEQA Essentials Workshop. This workshop provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the California Environmental Quality Act and the State Guidelines, and includes intermediate-level practice pointers and case studies. This workshop features a curriculum developed specifically for people involved in the environmental review process, including consultants, regulators, applicants, or industry professionals, and will benefit those new to the field as well as mid-level practicing professionals.

AICP & MCLE credited.

Topics will include:

  • Context and Legislative Intent
  • Guiding Principles and the CEQA Process
  • How to Prepare Effective Project Descriptions and Initial Studies
  • Preparing NDs, MNDs and EIRs
  • NEPA vs. CEQA
  • Special Topics and Staying Current

Dates & Locations

San Francisco Bay AreaTuesday, October 24Finley Community Center
2060 W College Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Los Angeles CountyThursday, October 26Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
San Francisco Bay AreaFriday, October 27Preservation Park - Nile Hall
1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612
San DiegoThursday, November 2Marina Village Conference Center - Captain's Room
1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Monterey Bay/Silicon ValleyFriday, November 3Valley Water - HQ Board Room
5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118
Orange CountyFriday, November 3City of Huntington Beach, Council Chambers
2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
SuperiorFriday, November 3City of West Sacramento Community Center - 1st Floor Conference Room
1075 W. Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691
CentralTuesday, November 7Wedgewood Weddings & Events
4584 W. Jacquelyn Ave, Fresno, CA 93722
Inland EmpireTuesday, November 7Crestmore Manor
4600 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
Channel CountiesWednesday, November 8City of San Luis Obispo Library – Community Room
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 92403
Channel CountiesThursday, November 9Westside Neighborhood Center
423 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Program Outline

Registration8:30-9:00 AM
Introduction & Overview9:00-9:15 AM
Part I. Context and Legislative Intent9:15-9:30 AM
Part II. The Rules and Key Guiding Principles9:30-10:30 AM
Break10:30-10:45 AM
Part III. Preliminary Review10:45-11:15 AM
Part IV. Effective Project Description11:15-11:30 AM
Part V. Preparing Effective Initial Studies11:30-12 PM
Lunch12:00-1:00 PM
Part VI. NDs/MNDs1:00-2:00 PM
Part VII. EIR Contents and Process2:00-2:45 PM
Break2:45-3:00 PM
Part VIII. NEPA - The Big Picture3:00-3:15 PM
Part IX. Special Topics: CEQA Streamlining3:15-4:15 PM
Part X. Closing Remarks and Q&A4:15-4:30 PM


Price includes, continental breakfast, lunch, and printed workbook. Early Registration until 10/17/23, Regular registration until 10/31/23, Late Registration after 10/31/23.

Member StatusEarlyRegularLate

Corporate/Agency/Full/ Young Professional Member

Student Member$35$40$45
Non-Member Public Sector$245$270$295
Non-Member Private Sector$295$320$345
Non-Member Group Rate (per person for groups of 3+)$220$245$270
Non-Member Student$55$60$65



For registration changes, please contact lbynder@califaep.org or membership@califaep.org


Contact: Lynne C. Bynder, CMP at: lbynder@califaep.org www.califaep.org
No refunds or cancellations accepted within 7 days of workshop date. Substitutions are permitted.