An Accredited Professional (AP) is someone accredited by the Savory Institute to teach Holistic Management and/or conduct Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV).
Within both tracks, there are levels of accreditation that indicate experience both in the field and in training students. The more practical experience someone has in either managing holistically or teaching Holistic Management, the farther they can advance in levels of accreditation.
Holistic Management Educators
Holistic Management AP's are accredited to teach and provide implementation support to land managers in Holistic Management.
There are two educator pathways for accreditation—one for commercial farming and ranching, the other for communal farming or pastoralists—with multiple levels of experience ranging from Associate Educator to Master Field Professional. Learn more about the differences between the commercial and communal curriculums.
Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) Monitors & Verifiers
In addition to teaching Holistic Management, AP’s may also become Monitors and Verifiers who are accredited to conduct Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) on landbases, allowing producers and land stewards to measure the (hopefully) regenerative outcomes on their land.
Monitors vs. Verifiers
There are different roles and responsibilities between EOV Monitors and EOV Verifiers. Monitors are primarily the ones in the field conducting short-term monitoring on an annual basis or long-term monitoring every five years.
Verifiers, on the other hand, set up an ecoregion, and its reference area, and manage teams of EOV Monitors to ensure data is entered timely and accurately into the EOV online data platform. Verifiers are most often the ones to interpret EOV findings, translating them into actionable management insights for the land steward. This is why EOV Verifiers must also be accredited as an Holistic Management educator at the Field Professional level, while EOV Monitors do not have that requirement.