The NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate is a globally relevant qualification. You will be able to help your organisation manage its positive and negative environmental aspects and support the implementation and continuous improvement of effective environmental management systems.
This is a replacement qualification for the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management. If you are already studying the syllabus for the previous qualification, further information can be found here.
The NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate is an ideal choice for anyone who has or would like to have environmental management responsibilities at work.
The relevant environmental qualification will help you to:
- justify environmental management in the workplace
- recognise which workplace activities may be subject to environmental legislation or enforcement
- assess environmental aspects and impacts, and evaluate existing controls
- support environmental emergency planning
- understand the importance of reducing environmental harm
- outline the issues associated with waste and its management
- explain the pros and cons of various energy sources and how to use them more efficiently.
Employers looking for more information on how NEBOSH qualifications can benefit your organisation, can find out more on our NEBOSH Corporate Services page.
Environmental Certificate EMC
This qualification helps you understand how to manage environmental issues and this knowledge can be applied in workplaces anywhere in the world.
On completion of the qualification, you will be able to:
- understand a range of environmental issues so that you can improve environmental performance and reduce harm
- work within an environmental management system and contribute to continual improvement
- recognise environmental aspects and associated impacts, and evaluate the effectiveness of existing controls
- support decision-making with ethical, legal and financial arguments
- understand the links between your organisation’s activities and wider environmental issues.
Length of the course
For this qualification you should plan your study around 34 taught hours, 25 hours private study and 8 hours on assessments.
Further information on taught hours can be found in the syllabus located in the ‘Resources’ section below.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
It is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. NEBOSH recommends that learners 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.
Read more about language requirements for NEBOSH qualifications.
Choose a Learning Partner
Every learner must register with a NEBOSH accredited Learning Partner and undertake the relevant learning before taking an assessment and gaining a qualification. It is not possible to self-study for a NEBOSH qualification.
Our global network of Learning Partners provide excellent learning and support and will help you prepare for your assessments. You can search for Learning Partners in our Where to Study section, and can filter the results by multiple factors, such as location and mode of study.
You should ensure that the Learning Partner you choose offers the qualification in the way you want to study. We recommend that you explore your options before selecting a Learning Partner as it is an important personal choice.
The factors you may wish to consider include:
- Mode of Study – Options available include face to face, 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. NEBOSH examinations are taken in over 130 countries.
- On-going support – Will the support provided during your course and in the run up to your assessments match your expectations?
Each Learning Partner sets their own fees to reflect the service offered. We recommend you contact a number of Learning Partners to establish what their fees are and what is included in the fee. Costs can vary depending on the mode of study, the level of support given, and the inclusion of examination registration fees, for example.
Read more about our Learning Partner Programme and how to choose the right Learning Partner for you: Choosing a NEBOSH Learning Partner.
The NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation. It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 6 SCQF credit points.
SCQF Level 6 is comparable to RQF/CQFW 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 visit the SCQF website for further information on credit and levels.
This is a replacement qualification for the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management. If you are studying the previous syllabus further information can be found here.
Don’t forget, your Learning Partner will be able to answer any questions about the qualification, register you for the relevant assessments, and will be a key point of contact throughout your studies.
The assessments focus on the application of knowledge to help you prepare for environmental management tasks faced in the workplace.
The qualification is broken down into two units, which are assessed in the following ways:
Examination (to be downloaded, completed, and submitted in 24 hours)
Learners will be required to review a real-life scenario and answer theoretical and practical questions on environmental management.
Assessing environmental aspects and associated impacts
Learners will be required to assess environmental aspects and impacts in their chosen workplace.
Both assessments will be marked by NEBOSH.
To complete the unit assessments for this qualification, you must have completed the course with a NEBOSH accredited Learning Partner who will then register you for the assessment.
EMC1 - This is a digital assessment which can be taken remotely. Learners will have 24 hours to access, complete and submit their paper, starting from 11am (UK time) on the examination date. Examinations for this qualification will take place once a quarter and the following dates are confirmed:
|Unit||Examination date||Results notification date|
|EMC1||03 November 2021||21 January 2022|
|EMC1||02 February 2022||13 April 2022|
|EMC1||04 May 2022||15 July 2022|
|EMC1||03 August 2022||13 October 2022|
|EMC1||02 November 2022||20 January 2023|
|EMC1||08 February 2023||21 April 2023|
|EMC1||03 May 2023||13 July 2023|
|EMC1||09 August 2023||19 October 2023|
|EMC1||08 November 2023||25 January 2024|
Your Learning Partner will provide you with information on submission dates for the EMC2 practical assessment.
All results for assessments should be received within 50 working days from the date of the examination or submission of the practical assessment. The specific date is written on your examination entry confirmation
For learners wishing to continue their professional development NEBOSH offers a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications.
Our range of Award and Certificate level qualifications offer the opportunity to learn specific industry applications – such as fire safety, process safety, construction safety and leadership – hone specific skills such as incident investigation; or take a more general approach via the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.
For those wishing to study at a higher level, the NEBOSH Diplomas or Masters qualification offer the opportunity to gain one of the sector’s most prestigious qualifications.
This section provides guidance and useful information in support of this qualification.
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Frequently Asked Questions
References have been supplied to aid tutors when preparing their course materials and learners as part of their studies, these can be accessed by clicking the link below.