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.

Who is it for?

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

“I chose to take four NEBOSH Certificates, the General, Fire, Construction and Environmental. It was because of the Environmental Certificate I realised that the renewables sector was where I really wanted to be.”

Luke Strudley - Offshore Wind Turbine Technician, Innogy Renewables UK

“I think this is an excellent qualification for people, like me, looking to formalise their experience in environmental management.”

Tim Compton – Environmental Health and Safety Lead, Marchwood Power Ltd

A solid technical and practical introduction to environmental management; you’ll be well equipped to make a positive impact in the workplace

Course details

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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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.

SQA accreditation

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.

Existing learners

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.

Assessment format

The qualification is broken down into two units, which are assessed in the following ways:

Unit EMC1

Environmental management

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.

Unit EMC2

Assessing environmental aspects and associated impacts

Practical Assessment

Learners will be required to assess environmental aspects and impacts in their chosen workplace.


Both assessments will be marked by NEBOSH.

Assessment dates

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:


Examination date

Results notification date


08 November 2023

25 January 2024


6 March 2024

20 May 2024


5 June 2024

14 August 2024


4 September 2024

13 November 2024


4 December 2024

21 February 2025


Find out more about digital assessments for certificate qualifications.

Your Learning Partner will provide you with information on submission dates for the EMC2 practical assessment.  

Assessment results

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

Further study

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.

If you would like any further information please get in touch through our Contact Us page - our Customer Enquiry Team will be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Reference Sources

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.  

Reference Sources

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