Land Rehabilitation Specialist

Land Rehabilitation Specialists will typically be engaged in large scale projects such as mine and quarry rehabilitation; catchment, wetlands and waterways restoration; revegetation of degraded land for conservation outcomes; the active management of land after construction activities or natural disasters; and the management of erodible coastlines.

Land rehabilitation draws on multiple disciplines, and no one Land Rehabilitation Specialist will have all the expertise required to achieve successful outcomes. Practicing competently, such Specialists will have good judgement about when and how other specialist practitioners will be brought into the planning, design, and execution of land rehabilitation projects.

To qualify for CEnvP Land Rehabilitation Specialist status you need:

  • An environment related degree or a degree with a substantial environmental component
  • 10 years of equivalent full-time experience in environmental practice with 8 of those years being directly related to land rehabilitation
  • Documentary evidence of the most recent five (5) years of experience in land rehabilitation demonstrating the nature and scope of the applicant’s experience through the provision of reports, publications and independent reviews of work undertaken
  • The completion of a written statement outlining how the applicant’s skills and experience meet the Key Proficiencies
  • A detailed curriculum vitae outlining roles and achievements
  • Nomination of three respected environmental professionals who are willing to act as referees. At least one referee must be external to the applicant’s current place of employment and at least one referee must be an experienced Land Rehabilitation practitioner
  • Commitment to adhere to the continued professional development (CPD) requirements of 100 points every two years if certified
  • A signed and witnessed statement of claim covering qualifications, experience, ethics and the accuracy of the materials provided to the Certification Board

Practitioners can apply for both CEnvP and LR 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 LR Specialist certification.

Application process

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.

Applicants will be assessed for their proficiency as specialists in land rehabilitation in relation to their knowledge and skills in the following areas:

• rehabilitation of landscapes
• risk and project management
• stakeholder engagement and consultation

These areas of proficiency are interrelated. To be certified as a Landscape Rehabilitation Specialist, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have a proficient level of expertise across all three areas and advanced knowledge, skills and experience in at least one (1) of the areas of technical expertise listed under Rehabilitation of Landscapes.

A proficient level of expertise will be based on:

  • Sound knowledge of the proficiency area
  • Broad experience across a range of landscape rehabilitation issues
  • Demonstrated 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

    An advanced level of proficiency will be based on extensive knowledge, skills and practical experience, and be demonstrated by:

    • having a high level of knowledge of the relevant subject matter
    • developing practical solutions based on analysis and experience
    • assessing and managing risks while taking a course of action
    • communicating complex issues clearly and credibly with widely varied audiences
    • transforming technical information to engage and inform non-specialist audiences
    • maintaining a broad strategic perspective
    • assembling and leading teams, and advising and mentoring others
    • providing clear direction and delegating responsibility to others
    • negotiating effectively, maintaining an objective, professional approach to resolving differences
    • managing compliance, ethical and other reputational issues

    Rehabilitation of Landscapes

    Applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have advanced knowledge, skills and experience in at least one (1) of the following areas of landscape rehabilitation and a proficient level of technical expertise in all other areas:

    Landscape Analysis

    • the relationship between biology, soil, water, landscape and climate processes plus management influences on landscape functionality and integrity
    • the relationship of geology, geotechnology and soils to the practical rehabilitation of landscapes; and the tests and practical methods to evaluate soils and subsoils and their suitability for rehabilitation
    • the impact of environmental chemistry on the practical rehabilitation of landscapes
    • the impact of surface-water and ground-water hydrology and catchment management practices on the practical rehabilitation of landscapes
    • ecology, including plant functional characteristics and vegetation connectivity, and the practical determination of the ecological characteristics of analogue landscapes
    • the role of vegetation in landscape rehabilitation, including an understanding of plant nutrition and soil health
    • the practical assessment and management of indigenous and historic cultural heritage values
    • the processes that have led to the degradation of landscapes requiring rehabilitation, and an understanding of the need to plan for the influence of natural changes in rehabilitation design

    Landscape Rehabilitation Design

    • the development of rehabilitation plans to address goals and targets set by relevant authorities or licenses, stakeholder aspirations, and/or company requirements
    • the identification and evaluation of alternative options for the rehabilitation of landscapes within the constraints of the local environment, available resources/materials, and rehabilitation goals
    • the identification and documentation of relevant achievable rehabilitation objectives (completion criteria and/or post-rehabilitation land uses) and associated performance indicators
    • the legislative frameworks at international, national, State/Territory and local government levels applicable to the rehabilitation of landscapes
    • landform design approaches and methodologies
    • the application of modelling techniques in the development of rehabilitation designs
    • erosion and sediment control practices and acceptable rates of soil loss
    • revegetation practices including flora species selection for habitat and agronomic inputs to deliver a sustainable revegetation outcome
    • fauna species habitat requirements, and the recreation of fauna habitat through the rehabilitation of landscapes
    • the rehabilitation of landscapes for agricultural, grazing, industrial and other commercial activities, and recreational post-closure purposes
    • water balances (runoff, infiltration, plant water use, deep drainage) and water quality impacts on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
    • soil characteristics and their use and management in the rehabilitation of landscapes (including hostile conditions such as salinity, sodicity and acid generation)
    • design of waste encapsulation covers
    • plant nutrition and soil amendment to address hostile physical, chemical and biological conditions

    Rehabilitation Operational Works

    • construction methodologies, equipment and working tolerance
    • survey control applications and survey data analysis to assess operational performance
    • vegetation establishment techniques
    • sourcing of propagation material for habitat and agronomic purposes
    • soil mapping, recovery, handling and dressing, soil ameliorants and approaches to application and incorporation
    • approaches to contracting and contractor control of operations, decision-making, evaluation and re-evaluation of design criteria, managing SoW and contract variations, maintaining quality management in results
    • capacity to work productively and effectively with

    Maintenance, Monitoring  and Surrender

    • the design and management of programs for monitoring the performance of landscapes undergoing rehabilitation with specific reference to achievement of rehabilitation goals and key performance/success criteria
    • the understanding of landscape functional processes in design of targeted monitoring programs
    • the application of practical techniques used in monitoring the performance of landscapes undergoing rehabilitation
    • the application of modelling techniques in the monitoring of rehabilitation performance
    • the maintenance of landscapes undergoing rehabilitation
    • the analysis and reporting of data about the progressive performance of land undergoing rehabilitation, including approaches to determining when rehabilitation goals have been achieved
    • approaches to implementing independent verification of the status of the rehabilitated landscape
    • the transfer of rehabilitated landscapes and underlying tenure to a future land user, or surrender the rehabilitated land to an authority that has granted rights of access to a party for the purposes of resource extraction
    • landowner agreements, landscape management measures and associated plans
    • principles and approaches to identifying and quantifying post surrender residual risk
    • principles and approaches to determining post surrender residual risk

      Risk and Project Management

      Risk Management

      • risk assessment principles, application and implementation including the facilitation of risk assessments with teams; at all project lifecycle stages and the determination of residual risk post rehabilitation execution;
      • the assessment and management of project, safety and environmental risk as it applies to landscape rehabilitation at all project lifecycle stages including residual risk post execution;
      • the design and implementation of a risk management framework for landscapes undergoing rehabilitation
      • the application of ‘The Precautionary Principle’ to the rehabilitation of landscapes
      • the ALARP Principle and its application to residual risk associated with landscapes that have been rehabilitated
      • landscape rehabilitation compliance management and auditing
      • emerging issues and trends in risk assessment

      Project Management Proficiency

      Regulatory approvals/compliance/reporting
      • project management principles, knowledge, control systems, tools and their application at all project lifecycle stages including concept, definition, execution and project closeout;
      • emerging issues and trends in project management nationally and
      Work Programming/Budgeting and Cost Control/Contracting
      •  work breakdown structures that lead to the rehabilitation of landscapes
      • how to prepare and substantiate budgets for the rehabilitation of landscapes and how to control costs and achieve budget outcomes for rehabilitation of landscapes
      • how to prepare appropriate scheduling for the rehabilitation of landscapes
      • identifying and implementing safety in design considerations for execution and post- execution phases
      • how to specify, engage and oversee contracts for the supply of services and works required for the rehabilitation of landscapes
      Team Leadership/Staff and Contractor Management
      • how to build, lead and manage multidisciplinary teams engaged in the design and execution of works for the rehabilitation of landscapes
      • when and how to engage other specialists to support the planning, design and execution of works for the rehabilitation of landscapes
      • how to supervise the quality of work undertaken by staff engaged in the design, execution and monitoring of works for the rehabilitation of landscapes
      • how to lead and represent the environment profession in the specialised area of environmental practice that deals with the rehabilitation of landscapes
      Data Collection and Records Management
      • how to systematically collect data and manage/archive records associated with the original attributes and condition of landscapes, and monitoring of progressive performance of landscapes undergoing rehabilitation

      Stakeholder engagement and consultation

      Effective and efficient landscape rehabilitation requires robust interpersonal skills across a range of stakeholders. Applicants must be able to:

      • demonstrate the communication skills required for effective public engagement,collaboration and consultation
      • demonstrate the ability to identify the full range of stakeholders that may be associated with a landscape rehabilitation
      • identify/show cognisance of the appropriate timing of stakeholder engagement in relation to project phases
      • demonstrate an understanding of indigenous and historic cultural heritage values and appropriate approaches to consultation and mediation
      • clearly express complex concepts and ideas, orally and in writing
      • develop effective working relationships with stakeholders, including proponents, consultants, community groups and government regulators
      • address/manage conflicting viewpoints of different stakeholders from their own perspectives with the objective of attaining an agreed or acceptable outcome
      • Identify and manage consequential downstream and/or adjacent impacts affecting various stakeholders that may arise as a result of landscape rehabilitation projects

      Educational qualification

      Applicants must hold an environment related degree such as environmental engineering, agricultural science, environmental science, environmental management, forestry, natural resource management or relevant science qualification, or a degree with a substantial environmental component, issued by an institution recognised in Australia or New Zealand. Where necessary, further information verifying the environmental content may be requested (e.g. transcript or academic record).

      A candidate without these formal qualifications and more than 15 years of experience in the successful rehabilitation of altered or degraded landscapes may submit a written record of that experience to allow the Certification Board to assess equivalence with the requirement for formal qualifications.

      Applicants seeking direct elevation to specialist status (current CEnvPs, NER registered Environmental Engineers or AusMIMM Chartered Professionals (Environmental) will not be required to provide evidence of their educational qualifications.

      Work experience

      To be eligible for CEnvP LR specialist status, an applicant must have 8 years full time equivalent experience in the rehabilitation of landscapes over a minimum of 10 years of environmental practice.

      The scope of the specialised environmental practice area of land rehabilitation includes:

      • leadership and management of multidisciplinary teams
      • integration of technical knowledge across disciplines
      • working with land users, landowners, regulators and communities
      • assessing risks and setting objectives
      • designing and planning works/programs/policies
      • executing works/programs/policies
      • monitoring and reporting on the outcome of works/programs/policies
      • complying with regulatory requirements
      • managing landscapes to achieve chemical and physical stability
      • managing landscapes to ensure safety for humans, animals and wildlife
      • managing landscapes to achieve agreed ecological/land-use outcomes

      The scope of rehabilitation of landscapes may include but is not limited to:

      • land from which minerals, gas and quarry materials have been extracted
      • land that has been used for mineral processing or other industrial activities
      • land that has been used for the storage and disposal of industrial and municipal waste
      • land that has been developed for linear infrastructure
      • land that has been used for agriculture or grazing
      • land that has been used for forestry
      • waterways and wetlands
      • land that is in transition to a nature conservation purpose

      Included in scope for areas of land, waterways and wetlands are their associated airsheds. Relevant postgraduate study can be included in the 10 years of environmental practice (1 year for a Master’s degree, and 2 years for a PhD) and special dispensation may be provided for those returning to the workforce from a long leave period associated with illness or parental leave.


      Work experience is confirmed by work verification reports for the 10 + years of professional environmental practice (including 8 + years of land rehabilitation) and a current detailed CV. The experience claimed must be independently verified by a referee/s (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.

      In relation to their specific proficiency and experience, the applicant must also produce documentary evidence of the most recent five (5) years of their experience in land rehabilitation. Documentary evidence that demonstrates the nature and scope of experience can include reports, publications and independent third party reviews of work undertaken.

      A candidate whose previous work is covered by confidentiality agreements, or has been interrupted by extended periods of parental/carer’s leave, may apply, in writing, to the Certification Board for special consideration.

      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. 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.

      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 the final report. At least one of the Referee Reports must be from a referee external to the applicant’s current place of work. The applicant should include information on referees’ qualification, employment and relationship to the applicant.

      At least two nominees are required to complete the referee report. Once an application has been successfully submitted online, those nominated by the applicant to act as referee and to provide a referee report, will automatically receive an email notifying them that they need to complete the referee report attached in the email. The Referee should follow the instructions and complete all questions separately as marked on the online form, otherwise there may be delays in your application if we need to follow up. The form must be completed and signed before being submitted online.

      As part of the application process, candidates must sign a commitment to undertake training and professional development once certified. This commitment may be supported by a log of the CPD activities undertaken in the two (2) year period prior to making the application.

      CEnvP Land Rehabilitation Specialists must achieve:

      • at least 100 CPD points of training, skill development and service to the environment profession over a two year period
      • at least 50 CPD points (50%) of qualifying activities must be directly related to the rehabilitation of landscapes

      Certification is reviewed every two years. A log of CPD activities must be submitted as evidence of compliance with requirements together with a statement verifying any changed circumstances, including employment and ethical conduct, in order to maintain certification. Please see CPD guidelines for more information.

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