The Certified Environmental Practitioners Scheme (CEnvP), Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and Site Contamination Practitioners Australia (SCPA) have implemented an amended certification scheme for site contamination specialists. The single scheme will be run by CEnvP starting on the 30th of September 2017.

If you have already applied (pre-29th September 2017) nothing about the application process will be different for you, except the specialisation you will be awarded will now be called “Site Contamination” rather than “Contaminated Land”.

The Necessity For A Transition

Recent developments in the contaminated site/land industry have highlighted the need for a single certification scheme for practitioners in this sector.  This came with the recognition that the certification market for contaminated land practitioners will operate more sustainably through one scheme. This is recognised by:

  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)
  • Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme (CEnvP)
  • CRC CARE and their Site Contamination Practitioners Australia (SCPA)

Previously, CEnvP offered the CEnvP Contaminated Land specialisation and CRC CARE offered the SCPA certification. After discussion undertaken with all boards (including EIANZ), it was decided that these two schemes will both be transitioning into a new single ‘Site Contamination’ specialist certification operating under CEnvP.

If you are a potential CEnvP Site Contamination Applicant, for further clarification into the requirements for the Site Contamination certification, please review the SC Guidance Notes.

A Single Site Contamination Scheme

The outcomes of the new certification will see Australia and New Zealand’s most skilled practitioners in the site contamination field listed under the same scheme. This will create a stronger brand for both countries’ contaminated land industry, with the single certification encompassing all site contamination specialists in the region. This will expedite the process for both industry and government in identifying and legislating the necessity for competent and experienced professionals to make decisions, within one of our most important industries.

The Special Environmental Advisory Committee

There is one other exciting change to the Scheme, that is the creation of a Special Environmental Advisory Committee for Site Contamination (SEAC-SC). The purpose of this committee two fold.

Firstly, it allows the CEnvP Board to have an advisory committee of specialised contaminated practitioners, industry end users and regulators. Secondly, it will help provide a transparent and strong governance roll. Nomination to this Advisory Committee will be called for in the near future.

How Will I Be Affected?

Changes To CEnvP Title:

The most notable change for current CEnvP CLs will be the title of the specialist certification you currently hold. All CEnvP CL specialists will be transferred to the new CEnvP Site Contamination (SC) Certification and will be referred to as such from the 1stJanuary 2018.  CEnvP Central Office will implement this change.

New Certificate/Seal:

Your Contaminated Land Specialist Certification will be valid until Jan 1st 2018 when you will be issued with an individualised CEnvP Site Contamination seal, incorporating your certification number and the year of validity. From now on, an individualised seal will be reissued each year and can be used to validate your certification on reports and other documentation requiring a certified specialist.

What Am I Required to Do?

Current CEnvPs will not be required to do anything in order to qualify for the new certification standards and will not need to pay any additional cost.

Evaluation Criteria:

Current CEnvP applicants who have applied for Contaminated Land Specialist Certification will not need to meet any additional criteria and will continue to be processed with no changes to the original procedure (excluding those who apply post September 30).


Applicants will be certified within the new CEnvP Site Contamination (SC) certification; as opposed to Contaminated Land. Successful applicants will be certified with a Site Contamination certificate and seal, and will be listed under the ‘Site Contamination Specialist’ of the CEnvP online directory.

How Will SCPA Members Be Transitioned?

Members currently certified under the SCPA CP-SAM scheme will be transitioned with current members of the CEnvP scheme’s Contaminated Land specialists into the new ‘CEnvP Site Contamination’ (SC) scheme.

What Is The Ethics Statement?

Current CP-SAMs will need to submit ethics statements to the CEnvP Board for consideration before being re-certified as a CEnvP Site Contamination Specialist.  Current CP-SAMs will then also be issued with a CEnvP General Certification. More information about the content and length of the paper as well as the due date will be supplied to SCPA members shortly.

New CEnvP Certificate/Seal:

All transitioned practitioners will receive an individualised CEnvP SC seal and certificate as well as being listed in the CEnvP online directory under ‘Site Contamination Specialists’. This is expected to be completed by January 1st 2018.

Why Was This Change Enacted?

There is a recognition between EIANZ/CEnvP and SCPA/CRC CARE that the certification market for contaminated land practitioners might operate more sustainably through a single scheme. Such a scheme could address the needs and interests of all stakeholders involved, including consultant practitioners, researchers and other specialist professionals, end users, and regulators.

CRC CARE in conjunction with CEnvP undertook this venture to ensure the scheme’s long-term viability and responsiveness to sectoral needs.

Still have questions? You can check out our Transition Frequently Asked Questions Page

Go To FAQs

Transition Materials

Contamination Certification Update Statement

Appendix 1: Principles and Issues

Appendix 2:_Updated Competency Elements


Contact Us

If you have any enquiries about what the transition means for you, you can always contact the CEnvP office on (03) 9001 6948 or