Geomorphology Specialist

For the purposes of certification, Geomorphology is defined as the study of landforms and landscapes, and the physical processes that create and shape them at or near the Earth’s surface. Geomorphologists study and interpret landscape form, distribution, process and evolution. They analyse landscapes using a combination of field observations, physical experiments and modelling. The Geomorphology Specialist certification under the CEnvP Scheme is designed to promote and embed sound practice by recognising ethical and professionally competent practitioners across Australia and New Zealand.

To qualify for CEnvP Geomorphology status, you need:

  • A degree, or a qualification/academic achievement which is equivalent to a degree, in a relevant discipline (e.g. physical geography, environmental science, geology)
  • Ten years1 of full-time2 experience in the functional areas of geomorphology practice during the last fifteen years.
  • Nomination by three respected environmental professionals who are willing to act as referees for the candidate.
  • Evidence that the candidate is a respected, competent, ethical and active member of the profession in the form of at least two referee statements (with at least one external to the applicant’s current place of employment), a detailed curriculum vitae, reports, publications, citations, conference/seminar presentations, etc.
  • 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 geomorphology practice.
  • Completion of a detailed written statement outlining how the applicant’s skills and experience meet each of the Key Proficiencies together with relevant supporting documentation that demonstrates the nature and scope of applicant’s experience (e.g. reports, publications, and independent third-party reviews of work undertaken).
  • A signed and witnessed statement of claim covering qualifications, experience, ethics, commitment and the accuracy of the materials provided to the Certification Board.

[1] With a relevant degree 10 years of experience is required. Without a degree 15 years of experience is required (under the CEnvP ‘grandparent’ provision).

[2] Full time work is defined as per the Australian Public Service Commission or the New Zealand State Services Commission. Part-time work, volunteer work, work conducted during post graduate study, and career breaks will also be recognised where appropriate. 

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

    Applications can be submitted 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 the 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.

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience across SEVEN (7) areas of proficiency in both their written application and at interview to achieve Geomorphology Specialist certification.

    For the following FOUR (4) proficiency areas, the applicant must demonstrate that they have a PROFICIENT level of expertise, i.e.

    • Sound knowledge of the proficiency area
    • Broad experience across a range of geomorphology issues
    • Proven ability to apply knowledge and experience to achieve objectives for a range of common issues
    • Awareness of limitations of skills and the ability to identify where and how to obtain expert advice for complex issues
    • Ability to communicate effectively and at a proficient level about typical issues
    1. Understands geomorphological values and concepts
    • Demonstrates an intrinsic regard for the environment and geomorphological landscapes
    • Recognises a holistic view of landscape forms and processes in both space and time
    • Assesses any particular area or issue in the context of the surrounding landscape, its evolution and history
    • Explains geomorphological concepts and principles such as complex response, thresholds, lag times, morphodynamics (form-process), uncertainty, evolutionary trajectory, spatial and temporal scale, geological, climate and anthropogenic drivers and controls on landform and landscape evolution and response
    • Appraises of both the site-specific conditions, and larger-scale controls that can cause landscapes to behave differently than suggested by general guidelines or literature on landscape behaviour
    • Explains the cultural context of geomorphology i.e. why landscape values and issues of landscape degradation and conservation are particularly important
    • Explains where geomorphology is situated within the environmental sciences (i.e. relative to ecology, hydrology, geology, engineering) and the role it plays (or can play) in assessment of environmental risk and in environmental management
    1. Selects and uses appropriate tools, techniques and methods to analyse a landscape or solve a geomorphological issue
    • Critiques techniques and selects those that are appropriate
    • Employs appropriate technical skills to use the selected technique in practice
    • Designs geomorphological projects including field-based projects and/or lab-based projects and/or modelling projects
    • Develops and uses defensible experiments and/or monitoring programs
    • Demonstrates well-developed and proficient field-based observation, analysis and interpretation skills
    • Explains methodological bias and limitations
    1. Analyses, assesses, interprets and presents data and determines its reliability and accuracy
    • Practices objective, systematic analysis of geomorphological systems
    • Interprets geomorphological data to reveal trends, and to establish positions and judgement about what this means
    • Distinguishes between reporting facts, describing trends and making an interpretation
    • Draws defensible conclusions based on evidence
    • Recognises the limitations of uncertainty in geomorphology and understands how to treat this uncertainty
    • Demonstrates capability in interpretation of the reliability and accuracy of data
    • Demonstrates capability to critique and make sound decisions on the quality of existing and ongoing geomorphological work within their area of expertise or geographical area
    • Explains the various types of qualitative and quantitative ‘models’ that are used in making geomorphological predictions
    • Presents findings in a graphical, oral, verbal, written and visual way
    • Demonstrates a technical ability to manage data using appropriate methods
    1. Understands current geomorphological principles and frameworks
    • Describes geomorphological best practice and understanding – domestically and internationally – and its relevance/applicability to the Australia and New Zealand setting
    • Applies appropriate international standards, systems, frameworks and tools in decision making
    • Identifies problems and develops practical solutions to geomorphic issues based on analysis and experience
    • Adapts to change and explores innovative solutions to issues or questions of geomorphological interest and/or concern

    For the remaining THREE (3) proficiency areas, the applicant must demonstrate that they have, at least, a FUNCTIONAL level of expertise, i.e.

    • Basic level of knowledge of competency element
    • Limited relevant experience
    • Ability to apply knowledge and experience to achieve objectives for simple issues
    • Awareness of limitation of skills and the ability to identify where solutions might be sought to issues
    • Ability to communicate effectively within the limits of knowledge
    1. Using and influencing policy and planning
    • Knows, or knows how to find out about, relevant laws, guidelines, conventions, institutional arrangements and policy in the jurisdiction they wish to practice
    • Demonstrates an understanding of geomorphological principles in a way that will enable policy and procedure development
    • Demonstrates a broad understanding of geomorphology in environmental planning and assessment
    1. Risk assessment
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between geomorphology and environmental risk assessment
    • Demonstrates familiarity with environmental impact assessment principles and practice
    • Assesses and manages risks while taking a particular course of action
    1. Communication and advancement of geomorphology
    • Advocates for geomorphology in a range of different settings and contexts
    • Identifies and uses effective and appropriate communication methods
    • Communicates well in a range of formats, speaks and orates well to a range of audiences
    • Identifies and engages with relevant stakeholders
    • Communicates complex geomorphological issues clearly and credibly with a range of audiences
    • Transforms technical information to engage and inform non-specialist audiences

    Educational qualification

    A degree, or a qualification/academic achievement which is equivalent to a degree, in a relevant discipline (e.g. physical geography, environmental science, geology) is required.

    In exceptional circumstances, appropriate work experience may be submitted in lieu of a suitable tertiary qualification; eligibility of the use of this clause will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the CEnvP board.

    Work experience

    In order to be eligible for CEnvP Geomorphology Specialist status, an applicant must have 10 years of full-time experience in the functional areas of geomorphology practice during the last fifteen years. Demonstration of work experience and professional proficiencies is shown by work verification signatures for 10 years of professional environmental practice and a current detailed CV.

    The experience claimed for the minimum 10 years must be fully relevant to management and improvement of the environment, and all should be independently verified by a referee (e.g. current or former employer, a senior colleague, a 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 suggested 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.

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

    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 environmental professionals willing to act as referees are required. Each must have known the applicant for at least two years. They should be familiar with the applicant’s skills and attributes as they relate to environmental practice, ethics and professional integrity, and cover these aspects in their referee report. The applicant should 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 Geomorphology practitioner who is a CEnvP Specialist or would be eligible to apply for CEnvP Specialist themselves
    • an environmental professional external to the applicant’s current place of work who is familiar with the applicants work on one or more of the ‘Four Examples of Professional Proficiency’ provided in Further Evidence of Claim.

    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 Geomorphology practice, ethics and professional integrity, and must be completed on the official CEnvP Referee Report Form which will be sent to your nominated referees’ email address when you fill out the application form online.

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

    A practitioner is re-certified 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.

    It is preferable that you provide evidence supporting your claim of any recent CPD activity with your application. These activities include:

    • formal courses at accredited education or training institutes, which may be directly face-to-face, by distance learning (correspondence), internet course, or a combination of these where there is a formal assessment at the completion;
    • short courses for which there is no actual assessment, but which will result in a Certificate of Attendance (evidence of doing the course)
    • participation at technical meetings, seminars and conferences relevant to the environment profession;
    • assistance in the management and organisation of EIANZ by being a Member of a Divisional Committee, a National Councillor, member of the Executive, Member of a Certification Panel, Member of the Certification Board, or Policy Review Committee OR assisting a similar professional organisation with a strong environmental component in a similar capacity;
    • presentations at conferences, seminars and technical meetings;
    • publication of technical or research papers in journals;
    • part-time or guest lectures in environmental studies at accredited education or training institutes or organisations;
    • assistance to junior members of the profession through the mentoring program;
    • private study of journals, magazines and reference texts;
    • provision of pro bono advice and assistance to community groups, including expert witness duties and expert advice for the Environmental Defenders Office (promotion of the environment profession and principles); and
    • industry/professional involvement for academia.

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