NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

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, focussing on assessing environmental management systems. The qualification is designed to benefit companies in all industry sectors who are seeking to implement effective environmental management systems and to provide managers with a sound understanding of the principles of managing environmental risk. The course consists of 2 units:
  • Unit EC1 Management and control of environmental hazards
  • Unit EC2 Environmental practical application
The course consists of 5 days intensive training to give candidates a good grounding in environmental management and prepare candidates for the NEBOSH examinations. Extensive training materials are provided for the course.  The taught element of the course is 37 hours but candidates need to further undertake a minimum of 33 hours private study.  Assessment of this course consist of one written papers (EC1) and a practical assessment (EC2).  The course covers international conventions, standards and legislation.  More information on NEBOSH is available at  

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    04 - 08 Nov 2019 - Exam 04 Dec 2019
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What's covered?

The course consists of 2 units:

  • Unit EC1 Management and control of environmental hazards
  • Unit EC2 Environmental practical application

The following gives a breakdown of each unit:

Unit EC1 Management and control of environmental hazards

  1. Foundation in environmental management
  2. Environmental management systems
  3. Environmental impact assessments
  4. Control of emissions to air
  5. Control of contamination of water resources
  6. Control of waste and land use
  7. Sources and use of energy and energy efficiency
  8. Control of environmental noise
  9. Planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies

Unit EC2 Environmental practical application

This unit requires the Learner to carry out an environmental review of a workplace or organisation and produce a justified action plan to improve performance. Further information including the detailed course syllabus is available at the Resources section on the NEBOSH website.

Who should participate?

  • Those seeking a formal qualification in the field of Environmental Management
  • Environmental Engineers/Technicians
  • Middle to Senior Management with environmental responsibilities

There are no barriers to entry to the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Certificate programme but it should be noted that for applicants whose first language is not English, NEBOSH recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.


What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Understand the principles and methodologies of environmental management systems (EMS)
  • Apply the concepts of environmental aspects and associated impacts to practical situations
  • Plan for environmental emergencies

Detailed learning outcomes for the programme are included in the course syllabus under Resources.

Who are the tutors?

Cheryl Robertson

Cheryl Robertson is a qualified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Auditor and has led many companies to successful ISO certification. Cheryl started her career in the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen as a QHSE Advisor while studying for a degree in Change Management and Chemistry. After completing her Masters in Waste Management she decided to pursue a career in EHS Management Consultancy.

Since joining Antaris in 2012, Cheryl has worked with numerous clients, helping them to identify and meet their legal obligations with the use of the Pegasus Legal Register, an Environment, Health & Safety, Energy, Employment and Company Law tool, developed by Antaris. As part of this remit she has hosted online webinars, conducted online and face-to-face training and presented training videos to accompany the Pegasus Legal Register. She has over 15 years’ experience spanning a variety of industries including education, food production, waste, construction, energy and engineering and has worked with companies of all sizes from SME to multi-national.

Cheryl has worked on a number of innovative projects including the development of a self-assessment legal compliance tool for the Environment Agency, England. She also co-developed the Contour EHS compliance tool adopted by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and was a key member of the team that developed British Standard 8555, which provides a phased approach to Environmental Management.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

Shane Curran

Shane is a specialist in Management Systems. He has been working with international standards such as ISO, and a myriad of management systems for almost 20 years. Shane has successfully guided and assisted a great variety of interesting organisations across lots of different sectors, through his working consultancy and training and also as a Lead Auditor. Shane has worked with clients from a variety of sectors and environments including Scientific Research, State Agencies, multinational Medical Device and Pharmaceutical manufacture, Transport (Air, Rail and Road), Engineering, Manufacturing,Legal Services, Education & Training providers, Software / IT, etc. with standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 17025, GMP, and HPRA / FDA regulations.

There has been a long tradition of educators in Shane’s family and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in a creative way that adds value to both the learner and their organisations. He has designed many CQI IRCA certified training courses and has been lead tutor on the QMS Lead Auditor course for nearly 10 years. Shane is an active freelance consultant and Lead Auditor working across various disciplines and sectors and is an expert member of the Irish Quality Management Standards Committee (QMSC), involved in the on-going development of ISO 9001 and various related family of international standards. He has travelled extensively, throughout Europe and North America providing consultancy and training on Quality, Environmental and OH&S related topics. Shane has also had experience in software design & development and has been directly involved in managing the design and development of various online services and apps. Shane is a Science graduate from NUI Galway and holds a BSc in Botany and Biochemistry and a post graduate Certificate in Training & Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth.

How will I be assessed?

Certificate students need to register with a NEBOSH approved centre to sit their exam. (SQT is a NEBOSH Approved Centre 551).

The assessment process for delegates consists of an examination (1 papers; EC1) 2 hours. In addition there is the practical assessment of a workplace (EC2). Delegates must achieve the pass standard in both the examination paper and in the practical assessment to be awarded the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management.

Please note that NEBOSH have a Policy and procedures for access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration.

NEBOSH schedule examinations dates four times per year: March, June, September and December. Candidates are prepared for the next available examination date.

Unit EC2 is carried out in the delegate’s own workplace. The aim of the practical assessment is to test your ability to apply the knowledge and understanding gained from the study of elements of Unit EC1 in a practical environment. You must carry out an environmental review of a workplace and complete a report to management regarding the review with recommendations. This practical application must be completed and returned to the SQT course tutor by a date determined (normally within 10 working days of the written examination). The practical application is internally assessed by the SQT Tutor and externally moderated by NEBOSH.

The NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management is rated at level 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The Irish awarding bodies and qualifications authorities and the UK awarding and qualifications regulatory bodies undertook an exercise to facilitate the comparison of qualifications in the qualifications framework in the UK and Ireland. The document, Qualifications can cross boundaries - a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland was published, and compares SCQF Level 6 to Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. In addition there is a recently launched European-wide website:, which supports this comparison of different national education systems.

Professional body membership

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).

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. IEMA have confirmed that learners who are successful in the December 2019 examinations may apply for membership.

Shane Curran

Duration: 5 daysPublic Price: €1,300 + €190 (certification fees)
  • 04 - 08 Nov 2019 - Exam 04 Dec 2019
    Location: Dublin Book Date

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