A globally recognised qualification for those who have Environmental Management responsibilities or anyone wishing to have a career in this area. The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management covers the principles of environmental management and is relevant for both UK and international markets.
Those who hold the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate are able to help their employers demonstrate environmental excellence and social responsibility, as well avoid prosecution, litigation and loss of reputation. Of international relevance, the qualification provides knowledge and skills to support the introduction and maintenance of the environmental management standard ISO 14001 within your organisation.
Our qualifications are developed based on extensive research with environmental professionals, employers, professional bodies and regulators to ensure that they remain relevant, rigorous as well as achievable and practical.
You will be assessed on your ability to apply your skills and knowledge to a wide range of issues and how to deliver positive change to a real workplace.
Certificate in Environmental Management
This qualification is for anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of environmental management and is relevant for both UK and international markets.
For some, the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate is a crucial first step towards establishing a lifelong professional career in environmental management. Many who take their Environmental Certificate progress on to a NEBOSH Environmental Diploma.
Around two thirds of health and safety practitioners now have environmental management as part of their overall day-to-day responsibilities at work. The knowledge and understanding gained from the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management can help you if you have these responsibilities.
The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate is used by many organisations to help them achieve and maintain certification against recognised international standards, such as ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems. This qualification will significantly improve the skills and knowledge of your team. This in turn could help your organisation to meet its environmental objectives.
People who hold the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate understand how to reduce environmental impacts, protecting you from litigation, damaging incidents and loss of reputation. Employing people who hold a NEBOSH qualification demonstrates a commitment to environmental excellence and provides an assurance to others. Organisations with a robust Environmental Management System who can demonstrate good environmental management through their supply chain are more likely to win new business.
What does the course cover?
The qualification covers the practical issues of managing environmental risk. The syllabus takes a risk management approach, based around best practice and international industry standards, including:
- Environmental Management Systems and aspect identification
- Sources and use of energy and energy efficiency
- Control of pollution
- Planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies.
Students will learn how to carry out an environmental review of the workplace and prepare a report to management regarding the review with recommendations for improvement.
The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management consists of two units, each separately assessed:
- EC1: Management and control of environmental hazards
- EC2: Environmental practical application
No previous environmental management knowledge is required. Candidates should note that the assessment includes a requirement to write a short report.
The syllabus is mapped to the national occupational standard for Environmental Awareness and Management (December 2009), published by Lantra Sector Skills Council. These are maintained on a database which is managed by Skills Development Scotland. www.ukstandards.org.uk/Pages/Search.aspx
Further details can be found in the syllabus guide which can be downloaded from the 'Resources' section.
How is the qualification assessed?
Students are assessed with a written examination for the taught unit, EC1. There is also a practical assessment for unit EC2, designed to help you apply your learning at work and add value for your employer. This must normally be taken within 10 working days of the written examination.
Unit EC1 is assessed by a two-hour written examination. Each written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions and one ‘long-answer’ question. Scripts are marked by competent external examiners appointed by NEBOSH.
The aim of the practical application (Unit EC2) is to assess your ability to complete an environmental review of your workplace and prepare a report to management with recommendations and improvements.
The review and report should clearly identify:
- The nature and location of each environmental issue
- The degree of risk associates with the environmental issue
- Preventative and protective environmental measures already in place
- the remedial actions, where appropriate, with relevant prioritisation
The practical examination is internally assessed by the course provider and will be marked by an experienced and qualified environmental professional.
Students will be awarded a unit certificate for each unit passed. Once a candidate has successfully completes both units (EC1 and EC2), the overall qualification parchment will be issued.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that students have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.
NEBOSH recommends that students undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.
For further information please see the latest version of the IELTS Handbook or consult the IELTS website:
Students wishing to assess their own language expertise may consult the IELTS website for information on taking the test:
There are no exemptions available for this qualification.
Over 600 course providers across the world have been accredited by NEBOSH to offer some or all of our qualifications. Each has demonstrated that they have the procedures and resources in place to deliver training programme(s) that meet NEBOSH requirements.
Each course provider has flexibility in delivering their programme(s) as long as it meets the core NEBOSH requirements. You should ensure that the course provider you choose offers the qualification in the manner you wish to study. We therefore recommend that you explore your options before selecting a course provider as it is an important personal choice.
The factors you may wish to consider include:
- Mode of Study – Options available include classroom training, distance learning, in-company training and eLearning. Has one method of learning been more effective for you in the past?
- Course Structure – If you opt for classroom training, would you prefer day or evening classes, block release or a modular course?
- Location – Being able to study and sit your examinations locally may be an important consideration for you. In 2017/18 NEBOSH examinations were taken in 132 countries.
- On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your exam match your expectations?
- Cost – Each course provider sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. You may wish to contact several course providers to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee.
The Where to Study search facility can help you to shortlist course providers that match your personal requirements. You can search for providers accredited to offer courses leading to specific qualifications. Location and mode of study preferences can also be factored into your search.
Course fees are determined by individual course providers and vary depending on the format of the course.
For this qualification you should plan your study around a minimum of 37 taught hours and approximately 33 hours of private study and background reading.
Further information on taught hours can be found in the syllabus located in the 'Resources' section below.
Maintaining professional standards
In the UK – and, increasingly, worldwide – regulatory accreditation is recognised as a badge of quality, allowing our qualifications to retain their highly regarded professional status.
UK accredited qualifications provide you with certain guarantees that the qualification:
- Meets specific quality criteria that ensure it is fit for its purpose
- Includes relevant content
- Uses appropriate assessment methodology
- Is mapped to relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)
- Is supported by relevant stakeholders including employers
The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 9 SCQF credit points.
SCQF Level 6 is comparable to NQF/QCF Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
See the Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries chart issued by the UK regulators.
Where appropriate, the SQA Accreditation logo will appear on certificates awarded for this qualification. The SCQF logo, credit and level information will appear on the unit result notification. Please click here for further information on SCQF credit and levels.
Valued by Employers
NEBOSH qualifications can play an important part in ensuring that the health and safety provision businesses have in place is effective. This may explain why so many organisations choose to include NEBOSH qualifications on their competency matrices.
NEBOSH research has shown that 85% of health and safety job advertisements in the UK insisted on candidates holding some form of NEBOSH qualification.
Professional body recognition
Holders of the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management are entitled to:
- IEMA – as meeting the academic criteria to gain the globally recognised IEMA Associate (AIEMA) membership, provided that they apply within three years of achieving their Certificate.
Students must be registered before they can take an examination. All examination registrations must be completed by an accredited course provider.
Examination entry confirmation
Once your course provider has registered you to an examination, they will send you an Examination Entry Confirmation that includes your student number and the regulations for you as a student. The student number is the only identification that you may use on your examination scripts – scripts must not include your name.
The Examination Entry Confirmation is essential to gain entry to the examination room, you will need to show a form of photographic identification to the invigilator and then sign the Examination Entry Confirmation. Please contact your course provider if you have not received your Examination Entry Confirmation.
Standard examination sittings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December as below.
|Wednesday 6 March 2019||Certificate in Environmental Management||EC1|
|Wednesday 5 June 2019||Certificate in Environmental Management||EC1|
|Wednesday 4 September 2019||Certificate in Environmental Management||EC1|
|Wednesday 4 December 2019||Certificate in Environmental Management||EC1|
All results for assessments taken in English (including those for the practical application) should be received within 50 working days from the date of the examination or submission of assignment. The specific date is written on your examination entry confirmation.
For assessments taken in any language other than English, all results (including those for the practical application) should be received within 70 working days.
Certificate-level practical assessments must normally be taken within 10 working days of a written examination, so the practical result will be included with the result for the written examination.
Many who pass their NEBOSH Environmental Certificate go on to seek professional recognition through IEMA, please see 'Professional Recognition and SQA Accreditation' for further details.
If this is your first or even your second NEBOSH Certificate level qualification, you may be interested in taking another NEBOSH Certificate qualification, such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.
Many who hold a NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management, particularly those seeking a professional career in environmental management, progress on to a NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management. While successful completion of one of our Certificates is not mandatory in order to enrol on a NEBOSH Diploma, it is recommended.
The connections between our qualifications are illustrated in more detail in the Qualifications Progression Leaflet found in the Resources section below.
This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.
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This Qualification Guide contains the detailed syllabus, assessment requirements and example question papers for the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management.
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EC2: Environmental Practical Application
EC2: Environmental Practical Application - Guidance and information for candidates
This document provides comprehensive guidance on the presentation and submission of the Unit EC2 practical application. It includes guidance on the structure and style of the report. Candidates should study this document carefully before submitting their practical application.
The guidance should be read carefully in conjunction with the practical application mark scheme, which is attached at the end of this guidance document, to provide a clear guide to the requirements of the practical application.
Examiners' Reports are available for Certificate-level qualifications and are free to download for both students and course providers (see below).
These reports include:
- Questions used in the papers (strengths and weaknesses of candidate responses to each question with examples of good and more limited responses)
- Some examples of what Examiners were expecting, particularly for those questions that candidates found most challenging
- Information and guidance on examination technique and command words
The reports will not include mark schemes or sample answers and should be used by students and course providers to inform both tuition and revision sessions.
Students and course providers will also benefit from using the appropriate syllabus guide, which can be downloaded from the resources section of each qualification web page. In particular, the guide sets out in detail the syllabus content and tutor reference documents for each element.
Additional guidance on command words is provided in ‘Guidance on command words used in learning outcomes and question papers’ which is also available in the Resources section below.
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Guidance on Command Words
NEBOSH Command Words
NEBOSH has prepared “Guidance on command words and question papers” for Certificate and Diploma-level qualifications. This document is available to download below.
This guidance provides:
- A concise definition of each command word used on NEBOSH Certificate and Diploma-level question papers
- Example responses both to everyday scenarios and typical Certificate and Diploma-level questions
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Qualification Progression Leaflet
NEBOSH Endorsed Books
Introduction to Environmental Management
NEBOSH endorsed textbooks will introduce you to the fundamentals of health and safety in the workplace, whether studying for a course or in need of more information on the subject as part of your job.
NEBOSH is delighted to endorse this new text book for our highly popular Environmental Certificate.
This textbook will introduce you to the fundamentals of environmental management, whether you are studying for the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management or in need of more information as part of your job.
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This endorsed handbook is directly aligned to the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management, with each element of the syllabus explained in detail.
- Over 100 images, tables and diagrams, all in full colour
- Written by an expert in this field of study.
These publications are endorsed by NEBOSH as offering high quality support for the delivery of NEBOSH qualifications. NEBOSH endorsement does not imply that these publications are essential to achieve a NEBOSH qualification, nor does it mean that they are the only suitable publication available to support NEBOSH qualifications. No endorsed material will be used verbatim in setting any NEBOSH examination and all responsibility for the content remains with the publisher. Copies of official specifications for all NEBOSH qualifications may be found on the NEBOSH website
Student Fees List
The NEBOSH Learner Fees List for 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020 is available to download below. Please use these documents in conjunction with the Question and Answer Supplement.
Please note that these are the fees that NEBOSH charges. Some learning partners may incorporate these fees within the overall fee you have paid to them.
For further information please contact your chosen learning partner or contact our Customer Services department on +44 (0)116 263 4700.