FAQS - General
A professional certificate is an earned credential explaining that the named holder possesses certain knowledge and/or specific skills. While they can be issued internally by companies to their employees or tied to certain products (such as IT certifications), the processional certificates indicated here are recognized across an entire professional field. They often require job experience, additional education, and testing requirements. In short, when individuals see that you have a certificate, they understand that you know how to do a specific job.
Because certifications are intended to remain unconnected to any individual employers, it is important to select a well-respected credentialing organization. NREPSM is recognized by multiple government agencies, branches of the military, and state governments.
Professional certifications abound, spanning multiple industries and fields. Following you’ll find a small sample of different professional certification examples:
- Associate Environmental Professional
- Certified Environmental AuditorSMSM
- Certified Environmental AuditorSM Emeritus
- Certified Environmental Scientist
- Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer®
- Certified Environmental Storm Water Compliance Professional
- Certified Environmental and Safety Financial Officer
- Certified Environmental and Safety Logistics Officer
- Certified Environmental Systems Manager
- Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager
- Certified Natural Resources Professional
- Certified Refrigerant Compliance Manager
- Certified Waste Management Professional
- Emergency Planning Professional
- Mold Awareness Specialist
- Registered Environmental Laboratory Technologist
- Registered Environmental Manager
- Registered Environmental Manager Emeritus
- Registered Environmental Professional®
- Registered Environmental Professional® Emeritus
- Registered Environmental Property AssessorSMSM
- Registered Environmental Property AssessorSM Emeritus
- Registered Industrial Hygiene Professional
Some certifying organizations do not provide certifications in a traditional, face-to-face, classroom setting. Instead, they use either prerecorded or online workshops delivered over the internet. The most important part of a certification is the organization providing the credentialing in most cases, not the method by which the information is delivered. Verify the program you’re interested in comes from a reputable certifying body.
Environmental certifications are designed for individuals currently working or desiring to work in the environmental industry. NREPSM offers 23 different certifications in varying degrees of specialization, from generalist certifications such as Registered Environmental Professional®® to more specified designations such as Mold Awareness Specialist, Certified Environmental and Safety Financial Officer, and Registered Environmental Laboratory Technologist. Many programs offered by NREPSM allow for relevant work experience to be substituted for educational requirements.
No. Each certification will differ in content reviewed or taught, amount of work experience required, amount of education required, and difficulty of testing. Additionally, every certification will be viewed differently based on the certifying body that issued it. NREPSM has existed since 1987 and is the oldest and most recognized environmental nonprofit credentialing organization.
An NREPSM credential can distinguish you as the most qualified to perform tasks of protecting, preserving and managing the environment. NREPSM provides many other benefits to certified members. These benefits include:
Listing within NREP'SMs Official Registry of Environmental Professionals
Certification of your qualifications by NREPSM to clients, employers and governmental agencies
Opportunities for career advancement, including promotions and pay increases
Recognition of environmental knowledge and experience by many city, state, and federal government agencies. Including:
United States Department of Energy (DOE)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
United States Air Force
United States National Guard
United States Army
State of Alabama
State of Texas
Committee participation dealing with exam and credential development, national conferences, environmental education programs, local and regional affiliated organizations
Certifications are an excellent way to show that you are keeping your expertise up to date with current trends and required skills within your respective industry. Professionals seek certifications for many other reasons, some of which include:
They show that your skills are current
They provide you with personal satisfaction that you’ve mastered new material
They show initiative, when certifying is not required
They separate you from your peers
They can advance your career and improve your chances of promotion
They verify to management that your skills have been validated
They raise management’s confidence in your level of professional expertise
NREPSM programs are administered by the National Registry of Environmental Professionals®, headquartered in Glenview, IL. Completed applications, along with additional necessary documentation, are submitted to the Application Review Board for eligibility. Those meeting the eligibility requirements are then approved to attend a workshop and take the exam, take a computerized exam or granted the certification (Grandfathering Opportunities).
Upon successful passing of the exam, NREPSM issues a certificate to the candidate.