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Increasing demand for environmental qualifications

Figures from examination body NEBOSH show that increasing numbers of people are seeking an environmental management qualification.

NEBOSH revealed that in the last two years the number of people registering to take its Environmental Management qualifications had more than doubled.

In 2009, around 1,100 people registered for a NEBOSH environmental qualification. Last year, the number of registrations rose to almost 2,200. Registrations so far in 2011 indicate a further rise this year to around 2,700, an increase of almost 150% on 2009.

Research among recently qualified NEBOSH students also showed that nearly three quarters (70%) of those taking one of its environmental management qualifications have their course and examination fees paid for by their employer (1).

"Our figures show that more and more people are seeking a specialist qualification to go with their environmental management responsibilities," said NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth. "And judging by the willingness of employers to fund and support their staff with this, it is clear that more and more employers want them to be qualified in this field."

Around two thirds of those who take a NEBOSH Environmental Management qualification are employed in a health and safety role. The majority of the rest are environmental specialists. Two thirds also already hold another NEBOSH qualification.

NEBOSH currently offers two Environmental Management qualifications - the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management and the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management. Further information about all NEBOSH qualifications can be found at www.nebosh.org.uk/Qualifications.

(1) Research carried out among 46 recently qualified NEBOSH environmental management students in September 2011.