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The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management is designed for managers, supervisors and employees who have responsibility for managing environmental issues as part of their work in the UK and/or internationally, focusing on assessing environmental management systems. The syllabus includes UK, EU and international references. The qualification is designed to benefit companies in all industry sectors who are seeking to implement effective environmental management systems and to provide line managers with a sound understanding of the principles of managing environmental risk. Since its launch in 2009, over 5700 candidates have achieved the Environmental Certificate.

Northumbria is leading the way in corporate responsibility in offering the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Certificate in Environmental Management. For further details please click here

Please be aware that the NEBOSH Certificate in Environment Management will no longer recognised by IEMA as a route towards Associate level membership (from Jan 2020).  We will continue to run the NEBOSH course, as it remains a popular qualification, but you should be aware that we also run the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management.

Both courses are 5 days long and the content is fairly similar, but the assessment is different. The NEBOSH course requires the delegate to complete a 2 hour written exam and submit a completed environmental audit and report from the work place. The IEMA course is assessed via a one hour, open book, on-line, multiple choice exam to be completed within one month of the course.

You can read more about the IEMA course here

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Course Information

Award Type Accredited by NEBOSH. The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management is accepted by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) as meeting the requirements for Technician Membership (TechCIWEM) of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). It also meets the learning requirements for Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Membership fees apply.

Delivery Method 1 Week Block (5 days) Part-time

Northumbria University, Newcastle City Campus

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5 Days (Excluding Weekends)

Architecture, Built Environment and Construction, Digital, Tech and Creative, Engineering and Manufacturing, Financial and Legal Services, Health, Sport and Social Care, Leadership and Management


The course will be led by Anna-Lisa Mills, Director of True North Sustainability and SmartCarbon. She is highly committed, experienced, knowledgeable and passionate environmental practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in environmental management, carbon management, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She has experience working in both in-house and consultancy roles.  Anna-Lisa has a proven track record in developing, implementing and leading environmental, sustainability and carbon strategies for a wide range of organisations from SMEs to large multi-nationals.

Anna-Lisa is a Chartered Environmentalist and a fellow Member of IEMA.   She has completed Al Gore’s training programme to become a Climate Reality Leader and is an active member of IEMA’s Climate Change and Energy Steering Group as well as IEMA’s North East Steering Group.

Anna-Lisa also has strong experience in education and training and is an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and visiting lecturer to Sunderland University.  Anna-Lisa is an approved trainer for a range of IEMA, NEBOSH, BSI, IRCA and NQA approved course.

The modules are taught through a series of interactive lectures during which the topics are related to workplace experiences of class members. In addition, videos, slides and practical inspections, for example of the University facilities, are incorporated into the sessions so that the material is kept relevant and interesting.

This course is delivered over 5 days excluding weekends. There is no expectation to complete homework over the weekend, the split weeks are due to feedback from previous delegates that this format is less intensive than a block week.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate consists of two units, each separately assessed.

Unit EC1: Management and control of environmental hazards

  • Unit EC1 is a taught unit, assessed by one two-hour written examination. The written examination consists of ten ‘short-answer’ questions (8 marks each) and one ‘long-answer’ question (20 marks)

Unit EC2: Environmental practical application

  • Unit EC2 is assessed by a practical examination carried out in the candidate’s own workplace

The following topics are covered:

  • Foundations in environmental management
  • Environmental management systems
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Controls of emissions to air
  • Control of contamination of water resources
  • Control of waste and land use
  • Sources and use of energy and energy efficiency
  • Control of environmental noise
  • Planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies



No standard entry requirements, though candidates must be able to write a report.

Note: Due to the ongoing development and focus by IEMA on its own range of qualifications and training courses, the professional body has decided that externally provided qualifications will no longer exempt applicants from the membership entry exam.  Therefore this course will no longer lead to Associate level membership (AIEMA).

On completion of this course, candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding of the course content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations. In particular they should be able to:

  • Outline the scope and nature of environmental management
  • Explain the ethical, legal and financial reasons for maintaining and promoting environmental management
  • Outline the importance of sustainability and its relationship with Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Explain the role of national governments and international bodies in formulating a framework for the regulation of environmental management; Identify the reasons for implementing an environmental management system (EMS)
  • Describe the key features and appropriate content of an effective EMS, ie, ISO 14001:2015
  • Outline the benefits and limitations of introducing a formal EMS such as ISO 14001/BS 8555/EMAS into the workplace
  • Identify key members of the ISO 14000 family of standards and their purpose; Explain the reasons for carrying out environmental impact assessments
  • Describe the types of environmental impact
  • Identify the nature and key sources of environmental information
  • Explain the principles and practice of impact assessment
  • Outline the principles of air quality standards
  • Outline the main types of emissions to atmosphere and the associated hazards
  • Outline control measures that are available to reduce atmospheric emissions
  • Outline the importance of the quality of water for life
  • Outline the main sources of water pollution
  • Outline the main control measures that are available to reduce contamination of water sources
  • Outline the significance of different waste categories and the relationship between category and route of disposal
  • Explain the importance of minimising waste
  • Outline how to manage waste
  • Describe outlets available for waste
  • Outline the risks associated with contaminated land
  • Outline the benefits and limitations of fossil fuels
  • Outline alternative sources of energy and their benefits and limitations
  • Explain why energy efficiency is important to the business
  • Outline the control measures available to enable energy efficiency
  • Describe the potential sources of environmental noise and their consequences
  • Outline the methods available for the control of environmental noise
  • Explain why emergency preparedness and response is essential to protect the environment
  • Describe the measures that need to be in place when planning for emergencies.


£850 (including exam fees)*

Special discounted fee for current/previous Northumbria students: £765 (including exam fees) - proof of student number required upon request*

*Not including resits

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.
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