Since March 2020, the CEnvP Program Office team have been working remotely. During this time we have reviewed and amended all components of the certification process and have integrated to be all online.
For applicants: All components of the CEnvP Program are operational and there are no interruptions in the application process.
For certified practitioners: In response to COVID-19 related restrictions and negative impacts, the standard CEnvP 2-year CPD period will be extended to 3 years; that is 100 points over 3 years, for all CEnvPs. This is a 1-year extension on standard CPD requirements and is a short-term measure only. It will apply to the current 2-year period only, i.e. 2019-20 and 2020-21. Please refer to CEnvP Scheme COVID-19 Update post for detail.
If the Program Office can offer further specific advice, please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org / Aus: 03 9001 6948 / NZ: 03 741 3102
You can start your application for certification at any time via the online form.
Once you’ve submitted your application online, it generally takes around three months for an application to be decided on by the CEnvP Board Advisory Review Committee (BARC).
However, reaching this stage efficiently is also dependent on whether all documents are in order, whether the applicant’s referees have been informed and are ready etc.
Please take time when reading the guidance notes to make sure you’re eligible when you apply, or for which type of CEnvP application. To find out whether you meet the criteria necessary to apply for certification, complete our eligibility assessment form.
The application process is divided into multiple stages:
- Registrar (verification of detail in application)
- Board Application Review Committee (BARC)
- CEnvP Board Approval.
You will be contacted throughout the application process for a variety of reasons. For example, the registrar may need to confirm details about your work experience, and you’ll also be contacted about scheduling your interview. Head to the Certification Process page for more.
An Application Officer will be assigned to help you through your application and answer any questions you may have.
Depending on the type of certification, applications are usually processed within 6 months. However, the process may take up to 12 months, if an application is incomplete or delayed for reasons outside of the Program Office control.
Yes, all payments to CEnvP are to be made online via Electronic Funds Transfer directly into the CEnvP bank account or via credit card. A flat fee of 1.75% is incurred to process all credit card payments via a secure third-party payment gateway. CEnvP’s flat fee is less than the total amount charged by the provider for this service.
There are a range of reasons to become an Certified Environmental Practitioner, from government regulations to operate in certain fields through to demonstrating your competency to potential clients, employers and professional associates.
Head to our Benefits of CEnvP page for a fuller list on the benefits of becoming or engaging a CEnvP
Once certified, there are two main points of maintenance required to retain certification:
- At the start of each financial year you are required to pay an Annual Renewal fee. This amount is dependent on the type certification. Renewal fees can be found on the Annual Renewals page. Invoices are issued to the last updated email address.
- Every two years your CPD log is required to be submitted, along with a recertification declaration*. At the end of each second year of certification you will be reminded to submit your CPD log by an email to the last updated email address. Find more about CPD and Recertification requirements on our CPD pages.
CEnvPs who fail to submit their renewal paperwork and/or CPD log within the required time frame will risk having their certification revoked. If this happens, you will need to submit a new application with relevant details and application fee.
The CEnvP administration team endeavour to contact all CEnvPs before certification status is revoked. It is imperative and the responsibility of the individual that you notify the CEnvP office whenever you change your contact details.
* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, variations to CPD requirements have been offered for a limited period. Check CEnvPs pandemic response for detail.
If you have, or are planning to take time off work, you may wish to apply for Professional Leave for a period of up to 12 months. Professional Leave may be granted for a range of absences, including parental leave, caring for your own, or a family member’s health, full-time study or voluntary work overseas or other situations in which special consideration is warranted.
To apply for Professional Leave, please submit the following details of your request to the CEnvP Program Office
Continued Professional Development (CPD) logs are mandatory for all CEnvPs every two years equating to 100+ points of CPD.
- Specialist applicants – strongly advised at the time of application to enable the Registrar, Assessment Panel and Board ascertain your understanding of the requirement post certification.
- Standard applications – strongly advised at the time of application to enable the Registrar, Assessment Panel and Board ascertain your understanding of the requirement post certification.
CPD Logs are sought every two years, on a calendar year basis. The process starts roughly two years after certification.
We will remind you by email with your Annual Renewal notice closer to the time.
For further information regarding CPD, please head to our CPD page.
No. The experience claimed for the minimum five years (or more for a specialisation) must be independently verified by signatures as shown in the table or by other supporting documentation. E.g. current or former employer, senior colleague, referee who knew you at that time and can specifically confirm the experience claimed. These individuals may be contacted by the Assessment Panel, Registrar, or Program Office.
CEnvP complies to ISO17024 Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, and is audited every three years to ensure compliance. ISO17024 has strict guidelines on impartiality and fairness and CEnvP policy and processes meet these standards.
A Certification Panel is assembled to carry out this process once an applicant has progressed from the Registrar stage. Interview panel members are respected environmental professionals who are CEnvPs in the field of application, and chosen for their experience competence and ethical behaviour. The Panel members will be CEnvPs unless a specialisation is in its infancy where a panel will generally be made up of the specialist committee members.
Following interview, applications are submitted to the BARC (Board Application Ratification Committee) who review the whole application with the panel’s report in detail before making a recommendation to the CEnvP Board. The Certification Board ratify Assessment Panel and BARC recommendations. Head to the Certification Process page for a layout of the full process.
Since societal disruption from COVID-19 Pandemic began in Australia and New Zealand, and with the occupational health and safety of all staff, volunteers and applicants of paramount importance, it was necessary to change the certification Assessment Panel interview from being face to face to videoconferencing. The advantages of interviews being conducted remotely is the improved ability to find suitable dates for applicants and panelists to attend, and namely the important reduction of risk for all parties of sharing confined spaces.
The Program Office convenes the interview panel for applicants.
If you have confidential material that is to be used as evidence of your work experience in support of your application, such as reports that are covered by a Confidentiality Agreement, they will need to be provided. In order to not jeopardize the sensitive nature of such documents the following process will be followed.
- the applicant will need to provide a list of the work along with a general description of it and their involvement.
- applicant obtains agreement from owner of document that it can be provided in support of an application for CEnvP certification.
- all members of our interview panel sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
Prior to being interviewed
- provide copies of or links to the documentation to the Panel Convenor once they have contacted the applicant.
- documentation provided be reviewed by members of the interview panel.
After the interview
- all copies of the confidential documentation, that will have only be sighted by the interview panel, will be destroyed.
Documentation in support of an application, including that of a sensitive nature, that verifies the applicant’s work experience are required prior to interview. Once received it is reviewed by members of the interview panel to allow for further discussion with the applicant at the interview. We appreciate the need for sensitive or confidential documentation, may be inconvenient; but it is necessary, and rest assured it will be treated with the upmost secrecy and destroyed at the end of the interview process.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to know their levels of experience against the requirements of the application process. Applicants are not required to provide payment until they are ready to submit their application, and have adequate time to gauge their experience against the clear guidelines of required proficiency. Due to this, refunds are rarely given on application and only considered if it is obvious to the Registrar at the time of application that the applicant cannot meet certain criteria, then the application will be returned to the applicant together with 50% of the application fee. The fee is required to assist with covering the costs of processing the application. There are no refunds provided for annual renewals.