over a two year period, the Certified Environmental Practitioner
Scheme is an initiative of the Environment Institute of Australia
and New Zealand (EIANZ) aimed at:
- facilitating interaction among environmental professionals;
- promoting environmental knowledge and awareness; and
- advancing ethical and competent environmental practice.
the environment industry begins to mature and the community is
demanding greater environmental accountability from industry and
government, environmental practitioners are realising the importance
of community being able to clearly recognise the education, training
and experience level of the environmental practitioners with which
they work. Certification is a way to demonstrate to employers,
clients and professional associates that environmental skills
and knowledge meet national standards.
establish these standards, the CEnvP Scheme
was established under an EIANZ by-law in 2004. The Certification
Board, regional Assessment Panels and Registrar were established
in time for the first CEnvP application intake
in late 2004. The strong governance arrangements put in place
behind the CEnvP Scheme, including the Certification Board, an
Appeals process and third party complaint process, ensure that
the Scheme remains effective and fair.
In providing an additional level of recognition for
ethical and competent practice, it is hoped that
certification will yield benefits such as favourable
differentiation for professional indemnity insurance
and greater formal recognition for professional
The Scheme has been supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage, and by the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.
Over 100 Certified Environmental Practitioners were awarded their certificates in the first year and there are now 456 CEnvPs across Australia and New Zealand. Regular opportunities to take part in
this important environmental initiative occur twice a year, in March and September. For
further information on the program or applications, visit our FAQs and our Applications