Conferences & Training

The National Trust offers a wide range of face-to-face and online training programs and tools to help preservationists across the country protect the nation's heritage.


PastForward, the National Preservation Conference
PF 2016PastForward is the premier educational and networking event for historic preservation professionals, volunteer leaders, and advocates. Expert practitioners lead learning labs and field studies, all designed to provide tools that participants can use to improve their own communities. Preservation Studio offers attendees the chance to explore exhibits, see live demonstrations and watch films. In addition, the live streaming TrustLive engages new audiences as they explore preservation through new lenses.

This year PastForward 2016 takes place in Houston, TX, Nov. 15-18 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Sign up for updates to be the first to know about conference details.


Preservation Leadership Training®
Preservation Leadership Training® is intensive training tailored to the needs of preservationists across the country. It features a participatory experience in the most up-to-date preservation practices, issues and action strategies.

Historic Sites
The 27 NTHP sites offer an array of educational courses and tours. Many offer AIA continuing education credits.

National Main Streets Conference
The premiere conference on preservation-based commercial district revitalization, the annual National Main Streets Conference brings together over 1,500 people from small and rural towns, suburban communities, large and midsized cities, and urban neighborhood business districts to network and share ideas, solutions, issue-exploration, and networking opportunities.

Many of our educational offerings are accredited through the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), Green Building Certification Institute (GBCLI) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).