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IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management

Fully IEMA accredited online course with all study materials, tutor support, exam & 12 months IEMA membership included

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£657 inc VAT
Or £54.75/mo. for 12 months...
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Online, self-paced
40 hours
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12 months
IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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The unified global drive towards long term sustainable business has created a world of opportunity - the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management is your key to making a real difference and shaping our future in your organisation. Don't get left behind - this is the future.

This Level 3 globally recognised certificate will give you valuable insight while exposing many positive business opportunities that embrace current environmental practices. You will develop essential management skills to help your business and community become more sustainable and profitable.


IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management

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The world is on a mission: Governments, businesses and communities are being asked to show their commitment to a greener future and amplify the conversation on sustainable development.

?Our new 2021 online IEMA Foundation Certificate course is an engaging and eco-friendly way to develop your sustainability knowledge. Upon completing this course, you will benefit from becoming a prestigious Associate member of IEMA (AIEMA) and have access to a wealth of support from them, enabling you to become a green champion within your company.

?This course embraces a wide range of environmental, sustainability and governance principles. It is suitable (and essential) for those professionals starting a career in environmental management and an opportunity to build career-enhancing skills.

Aims and content of the IEMA Foundation course?

The IEMA Foundation Certificate gives you an understanding of the entire sustainability agenda and how business activities contribute to it. The course is neatly divided into 7 elements which cover the following main topics:

  • Element 1: Mega-trends and Sustainability
  • Element 2: Core Environmental Principles
  • Element 3: Policy and Legislation
  • Element 4: Environmental Management Systems
  • Element 5: Environmental Performance Evaluation
  • Element 6: Impact Assessments and Other Tools
  • Element 7: Communication, Procurement and the Management of Change

A 1-hour open-book multiple-choice examination is undertaken online (at home or in your workplace) within 28 days of the end of the course.

Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone who wants/needs to be involved in environmental management/change. Companies all over the world recognise IEMA as the leading professional body for the environment and sustainability. With an IEMA suffix, you'll be able to show potential employers that you have what it takes to make a difference. IEMA has a clearly defined skills map that matches their training courses with professional membership.


No requirements

Career path

Upon completing this course and assessment, you can apply for Associate membership of IEMA (AIEMA); this is the entry point for building a career in environment and sustainability and is recognised globally. You will also have access to exclusive publications and events, ensuring you stay current. After that, you may choose to progress to the Level 5 IEMA Practitioner course.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.