The Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme (CEnvP) is an environmental industry recognised Certification scheme open to environmental and social professionals who can meet the requisite competency criteria of experience, training, conduct and ethics.
As the environment industry matures and the community is demanding greater environmental accountability from industry and government, environmental practitioners are realising the importance of the 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.
To establish these standards, the CEnvP Scheme was established in 2004 under EIANZ By-law 16 . The Certification Board, regional Assessment Panels and Registrar were established in time for the first CEnvP application 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.
The CEnvP Scheme is based on ISO/IEC 17024:2012 “Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons” (which is identical to AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17024:2013). Among the key requirements of this international standard are that certification is available to anyone who meets specified criteria, not just those who belong to a particular institute or association; and that scheme governance demonstrates independence from any other organisation (including the EIANZ which may have initiated the scheme) in its certification decisions. The degree of compliance of the CEnvP scheme with ISO17024 is assured by EIANZ By-Law 16 and is regularly audited. In 2017 the Heads of EPAs in Australia and NZ agreed on principles for recognising certification schemes which acknowledged the importance of ISO17024.
As the CEnvP Scheme sits within the governance of the EIANZ, specifically By-law 16, CEnvPs have strong governance; abide by the EIANZ-CEnvP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct; and CEnvP has clear operational policies, procedures and complaints handling as required for ISO17024. The CEnvP Scheme has robust processes for endorsing a professional as being suitably qualified and competent prior to their becoming certified. A CEnvP is required to undertake continued professional development and periodically produce the requisite hours.