Climate Change Specialist

For the purposes of Certification, “Climate Change” is considered to be “a change in the state of the climate that can be identified by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. It refers to any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity”.[1]

[1] Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

To qualify for CEnvP Climate Change Specialist status you need:

  • a climate change-related degree and evidence thereof.
  • nomination by three respected professionals who are willing to act as referees for the candidate.
  • ten years of full-time equivalent experience in professional practice during the last fifteen years. A minimum of five years must be climate change specific, and of these, at least three years must be supported by documentary evidence such as reports or other publications.
  • evidence of an ongoing commitment to training and professional improvement (at least 100 points of training, professional improvement, service to professional practice over a two-year period). Fifty percent must be directly related to climate change practice.
  • evidence that the candidate is a respected, competent, ethical and active member of the climate change profession in the form of at least two referee statements (with at least one external to the applicant’s current place of employment), a personal testimony, reports, publications, citations, conference/seminar presentations, etc. and a detailed curriculum vitae.
  • a signed and witnessed Statement of Claim covering qualifications, experience, ethics, commitment and the accuracy of the materials provided to the Certification Board.

Practitioners can apply for both CEnvP (General) and Climate Change Specialist certification at the same time. If an applicant is not approved by the Certification Board for CEnvP (General) certification, the applicant will not be eligible for Climate Change Specialist certification.

Applications can be submitted online anytime during the year. Upon receipt of a valid and complete application, the applicant will be requested to attend an interview within two months. Applications are usually processed within 6 months, but the process may take up to 12 months, if an application is incomplete.

Please note:
• your online application for certification is active for 30 days. After 30 days, your application is voided automatically on our systems.
• you can save your application and resume for 30 days. When clicking the ‘Save and Resume Later’ button you will receive a link to your application via email. If you do not send yourself the link, you will have to start the application again.
• incomplete or flawed applications will be delayed until all missing documentation is received. This may delay your application process.

Application fees

The lodged application form must be accompanied by a non- refundable application fee. Please see further information on fees.

Provided the required supporting material has been submitted, the application is forwarded to the relevant Registrar for a preliminary check to ensure that the application is ready to be forwarded to an Assessment Panel.

An advice of receipt of the application will be sent to the candidate. In case of an incomplete application, it will be referred to the candidate for correction.

Application fees are non-refundable unless it is obvious to the Registrar that the applicant cannot meet the certain criteria. In this case the application will be returned to the applicant together with a portion of the application fee.

The annual fee for the first year is calculated on a pro-rata basis from the month they were certified.


A degree that includes core elements of climate change study will generally constitute the minimum requirement. The tertiary qualification may be for example an environmental, economic, social, science, engineering, accountancy, health degree that included climate change courses or electives. Verification of climate change content must be provided, e.g. a transcript or academic record. In exceptional circumstances, ten years of appropriate work experience may be submitted in lieu of a suitable tertiary qualification.

Because Climate Change is a young profession, some climate change practitioners may not have a suitable climate change related tertiary qualification. They may have learnt either by doing, e.g. policy development, fire management, or have studied before qualifications were available. They will need to verify that they have developed skills over at least 10 years of on-the-job learning.

Work experience

The minimum requirement is ten years of full time equivalent professional experience gained during the last 15 years. Five years must be recent in the functional areas of climate change. For those without a suitable climate change related qualification, the five years climate change practice is extended to ten years. Full time work is defined as 35 hours or more per week. Part-time work, volunteer work and work conducted during post graduate study may also be recognised where appropriate.

Demonstration of work experience and professional proficiencies is shown by work verification signatures for ten years of professional practice over the past 15 years and a current detailed CV.

The experience claimed for the minimum ten years must be fully relevant to management and improvement of the environment (five years must be climate change specific), and all should be independently verified by signature (e.g. current or former employer, senior colleague, referee who knew the applicant at that time). These individuals may be contacted during the application process.

The applicant must nominate a maximum of three areas of Environmental Practice. The nominated areas will be used to assess your eligibility for CEnvP and once certified these nominated areas will be used in online profiles and directories.

Evidence of your qualifications is required in the form of certified copies (see Authorised Signatories in Australia, and in New Zealand).

A certified copy of your educational qualifications must be uploaded and submitted together with the online application. Please do not send us your academic transcripts as they will neither be considered with your application nor returned to you. Current CEnvPs applying for Specialist Certification do not need to provide evidence of their educational qualifications.

Your CV must be detailed and fully describe experience, roles and responsibilities, skills, outcomes, achievements, citations, presentations etc.

Personal testimony

Applicants should be able to demonstrate professional proficiency analytical capability and interpersonal skills required in effective in efficient climate change through a minimum of four documents. These include a detailed account of at least three years of climate change specific experience over the past ten.  Web addresses should be provided for documents available on the web. Panel will indicate when arranging Assessment Panel interviews which documents should be brought, or provided prior, to the interview.

The testimony must explain your role and responsibilities and demonstrate how you achieved the climate change proficiencies in the 4 examples you submit.

Additional information

Information may include but not necessarily be limited to testamurs, academic records, publications, citations, reports, training records, record of CPD activities undertaken, written statements of service, or information supplied by a witness, associate or referee.

Statement of claim statutory declaration

All applicants are required to sign a statutory declaration that the materials they have provided are accurate and complete in the presence of an appropriately authorised witness authority (e.g. Justice of the Peace or other relevant qualification in the jurisdiction). Applicants must provide the details of the location where the declaration is being made.

All the supporting material can be submitted online at the time the online application form is completed and submitted.

The EIANZ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is within the online application form. Please ensure you have read, understood and ticked that you will abide by it before proceeding onto the next section of the form.

Three experienced climate change professionals willing to act as referees are required. Each must have known the applicant for at least two years. The applicant must include information on referees’ qualification, employment and relationship to the applicant. Referee Reports must be provided from at least two of the nominated referees, including:

• An experienced ecological practitioner who is a CEnvP Climate Change Specialist or would be eligible to apply for CEnvP Climate Change Specialist certification themselves

• A CC professional external to the applicant’s current place of work who is familiar with the applicant’s skills and attributes as they relate specifically to climate change practice, ethics and professional integrity.

The Referee Reports must provide sufficient information to demonstrate how the nominated referees meet the above requirements. Referee Reports must cover the applicant’s skills and attributes as they specifically relate to ecological practice, ethics and professional integrity. Once an applicant has completed the online application form, referees will automatically receive a notification to verify the information which the applicant has provided and also be prompted to fill out a referee form. The Referee should follow the instructions and complete all questions separately as marked on the form, otherwise there may be delays in processing the application.

Standard CEnvP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements apply. Once accepted for certification, applicants must keep a log of professional development undertaken. A points system has been devised to describe the CPD and the total of 100 points requirement every two years.

Climate Change Specialist CPD requirements must be fulfilled through climate change specific activities, with at least fifty percent consisting of activities that directly contribute to the field’s higher level processes, policy and strategy.

Certification is reviewed every two years. At this time, the applicant will need to provide evidence of CPD and a statement verifying any changed circumstances including employment and ethical conduct.

Specialist applicants must provide evidence supporting any claims of any recent CPD activity with the application. The activity must be completed on the official CEnvP CPD Log form. Please see  CPD guidelines for further information.

To apply, simply fill out the online application form and upload the requested documents.