CPF Membership

CPF members support our work and receive discounts on all of our programs. Click to learn more and become a member.

Get CPF updates

Sign up below to receive advocacy alerts and updates from CPF.

I'd Like to Receive...

The California Preservation Foundation is a nationwide leader in historic preservation education. We train more than 1,500 people every year at more than 100 distinct events, including tours, our annual conference, design awards, workshops, and webinars.

California Preservation Conference  

Since 1976, we have held an annual statewide conference where preservationists can gather, exchange ideas, network and organize around important issues. The next conference will take place May 17-20, 2020 in Sacramento. Visit our conference page for more details.

California Preservation Awards

During the California Preservation Awards, CPF recognizes the accomplishments of architects, engineers, developers, preservation consultants, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and others for outstanding examples of preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, reconstruction, contextual infill, sustainability, cultural resource studies and reports, craftsmanship and preservation technology, and archaeology and interpretive exhibits. The awards ceremony combines the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards (for exemplary projects) and President’s Awards (for organizations and firms deserving of special recognition). The 2019 California Preservation Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, October 18th at the InterContinental Mark Hokpins San Francisco.

Workshops & Webinars

All events are focused on professionals and advocates, including planners, architects, engineers, historians, commissioners, board members, and contractors. Many of our program have continuing education credit, including AIA, AICP, ASLA, MCLE, and USGBC. If you’re unable to pay by credit card, you can call 415-495-0349 or fill out a registration form here and return to us via fax, email, or mail.

Sep 20, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Decoding Preservation: A 360-Degree Look at Historic Preservation Ordinances, Policy, and Practice
Pasadena City Hall – Basement Training Room, Pasadena California
Nov 01, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Advanced Topics in CEQA and Section 106
Google Community Space, San Francisco
Nov 13, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



Use the links below for a complete list of our upcoming workshops and webinars.





If you have the need for training on a specific subject, we will work with you to provide affordable training to meet your continuing education needs.

CPF has a reputation for providing high quality, interactive workshops and is a certified continuing education provider for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the California State Bar (MCLE).

Our programs meet the high standards required by each of these organizations as we strive to present the “current and best practices” in historic preservation. Staff and Commissioners of Certified Local Governments can also satisfy the requirement for continuing education by attending CPF workshops. Click here to email the Field Services Director.

Law & Government

  • California Historical Building Code (CCR Title 24, Part 8)
  • NEPA, CEQA, Sec. 106, 4(f)
  • Mills Act
  • Creative Mitigation for CEQA Compliance
  • Preservation Easements
  • Role of Landmarks Commission
  • Training for Certified Local Governments
  • Design Review for Historic Districts & Conservation Areas
  • Planning Commissioner Short Course

Economic Development

  • Incentives for Historic Preservation: Tax Act, TDR’s,
  • Preservation & Adaptive Re-use
  • Preservation & Affordable Housing
  • Preservation & Hazardous Materials
  • Preservation & Sustainbility
  • Heritage Tourism & Historic Interpretation

Preservation Planning

  • Historic Surveys
  • Preservation & Disaster Planning: Fire, Flood & Earthquake
  • Historic Districts & Conservation Areas
  • Preservation Elements for General Plans
  • GIS and GPS
  • Developing Pubic Participation and Outreach Programs
  • Preservation Ordinances

Preservation 101: Basics

  • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards
  • What is a Cultural Resource?
  • How to do Historic Research
  • National,  California & Local Registers
  • Historic Contexts


  • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards
  • Infill in Historic Districts
  • Preservation Design Solutions
  • Universal Access for Historic Sites
  • Guiding Design on Main Street

Cultural Resources

  • Modernism: What is it and do I have to preserve it?
  • Cultural Landscapes: Definition, Documentation & Preservation
  • Interpreting Sites of Social Change


  • Working with Historic Materials
  • Weatherization


  • Transportation Enhancements

Tours & Special Events

We hold both public and members only tours throughout the year. Check here or on our main tour webpage for additional information.

Rooftop Tours of San Francisco

You will visit the top privately-owned public open spaces in San Francisco, with rooftop views of the Palace Hotel, Hobart Building, Hearst Building, and more. A knowledgeable guide will tell you about the legends and lore surrounding San Francisco’s “Times Square,” once home to three of the city’s major newspapers. Along the way we’ll test your knowledge of architecture and San Francisco History. We’ll end the tour with a visit San Francisco’s tallest publicly accessible rooftop (POPOS), where you’ll have a panoramic view of downtown.

You may also book on Eventbrite here.

Other Tours

No Events