This IEMA Foundation Certificate is suitable for anyone who has an interest in or responsibilities for environmental matters within their organisation. There are no prerequisites for attending this course and no prior knowledge of environmental matters is required, however if you have attended the environmental awareness training course it will provide you with a solid foundation for this IEMA course.
The IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management covers the important areas of the management of environmental issues – such as:
- Water, air and land impacts and assessments
- Environmental management systems
- Legal standards and best practice.
Delegates will appreciate the environmental issues related to their work processes and develop and understanding of how to manage them.
The programme covers the following topics:
- Main natural cycles and ecological systems, including the main ecosystem services
- Both global and local environmental issues evolve, and why and how they relate to the management of an organisation
- The impacts of societal activities on the earth’s natural systems in general terms
- Pollution sources, pathways and receptors
- Effects of climate change
- Biodiversity, ecological stability and sustainability
- Principles of environmental policy, including polluter pays and lifecycle thinking
- Policy instruments, for example fiscal and legislative
- Structure and content of environmental policies
- Types and sources of environmental law
- Environmental legislation and penalties
- Environmental regulators
- Risks and measures to manage environmental risks
- Practical ways in which an organisation can both strategically and operationally reduce its impacts
- Environmental business case, corporate responsibility
- The inter-relationships of the environmental, economic, social and ethical aspects of ecological processes and systems
- Organisational value chain
- Environmental information and data
- Environmental management and assessment tools, including the main key elements of an environmental management system, impact assessment and auditing
- Sustainability problems and solutions
- Environmental improvement programmes
- Communication with stakeholders, their needs and environmental reporting
- Influencing behaviour to improve sustainability.
Delegates will be tested via one written 2.5 hr examination, taken on completion of the last day of the course. Once delegates have successfully completed this course they will become an IEMA Associate Member.
Completion of course:
Once this IMEA course has been completed, delegates will:
- Understand environmental and sustainability principles
- Understand environmental policy issues
- Understand key environmental legislation and compliance measures
- Understand environmental management and sustainable development in a business context
- Be able to collect, analyse and report on environmental information and data
- Be able to apply environmental management and assessment tools
- Be able to analyse problems and opportunities to deliver sustainable solutions
- Be able to develop and implement programmes to deliver environmental performance improvement
- Be able to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders
- Be able to influence behaviour and implement change to improve sustainability.