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Environmental Program Accreditation

Showcase Your Institution’s Commitment to Educational Excellence By Becoming Accredited.

National environmental program accreditation provides objective, formal validation of your program’s commitment to exceptional education.

More than ever before, provincial regulators and funding resources are encouraging post-secondary institutions to align their programs to employment standards. Our accreditation program provides this link without hindering your academic curriculum.

Other benefits include:

  • Raising your profile as an elite, nationally-recognized program
  • Attracting more students looking for programs that demonstrate high industry standards
  • Combining the best of academic freedom and an awareness of environmental industry needs
  • Supporting your students’ future career growth with exclusive access to EPt Certification
  • Gain valuable insight into future opportunities for growth of your program

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How Accreditation Works

Programs that choose to become accredited also demonstrate a culture of proactive, continuous improvement. This voluntary process is an ongoing cycle which begins with the rigorous assessment and review of your Environmental Program.

1. Application Phase:

Get started by submitting your Expression of Interest. The Registrar will evaluate in conjunction with the CEAC and upon receiving Pre-Approval status, you will receive an invitation to submit an application.

2. Self Study Phase:

This is a 3-step process that culminates in a site visit by a team comprised of academic reps, an Environmental Professional and an accreditation rep.

3. Application Decision:

There are two decision-meetings that occur annually in which applicants are reviewed. If a favourable decision has been made, the Registrar will notify you and grant a term of up to 7 years.

Next Steps

Once your program undergoes this initial review and becomes accredited, you’ll have ongoing, annual reporting requirements throughout the term of your accreditation.

Through the final year of your accreditation term, the program will undergo a re-accreditation review to ensure the ongoing conformance of the program with the National Standard. If successful, your accreditation term will be renewed and the maintenance process will begin anew.

Accreditation Standards

The Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC) serves as a neutral third party to oversee the accreditation program, featuring balanced representation from universities, colleges and environmental industry experts. The CEAC has approved the National Standard for Environmental Programs, developed and administered by ECO Canada. The National Standard defines the minimum requirements for Environmental Programs to be accredited.

 

In addition to general requirements, definitions, and principles, the National Standard consists of eight areas to be assessed and validated through the accreditation process:

  1. Environmental Program Development and Maintenance
  2. Environmental Program Curriculum
  3. Faculty Complement
  4. Admissions
  5. Student Services
  6. Institution Facilities and Learning Resources
  7. Program Financial Resources
  8. Research & Scholarly Activity

 

The environment profession, inclusive of industry, government and academia, expects its members to be competent within their area of specialization, but also in understanding the impacts of environment on society. Accredited programs must prepare students in their area of specialization and contribute to their development as a responsible Environmental Professional.

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