Qualifications for EP® Certification

We award EP® Certification after a rigorous review of your education, employment history, and validated environmental skills and knowledge.

Here are the key criteria that you’ll need to meet:

Work experience

You must have at least five years of environmental work experience in Canada and this experience must be recent (obtained within the past ten years). If you’ve worked outside of Canada, you must have at least six years of environmental work experience, including one year of environmental employment with a Canadian employer.

Both volunteer experience and any work term required for graduation from a post-secondary program is not considered relevant work experience.

If you do not meet the minimum work experience requirement, you can apply to be an Environmental Professional in Training (EPt). Once you reach five years of experience, you are encouraged to upgrade to the EP Certification.


You hold a recognized Canadian college diploma or university degree, or equivalent international credentials. If you obtained your degree or diploma outside of Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, you’ll need an educational assessment to demonstrate the Canadian equivalency.

Note: Fees for an educational assessment may apply and are not included in the application fee paid to ECO Canada. Learn more about educational assessments

Environmental competencies

EPs must meet a minimum standard of environmental skills and knowledgeaccording to National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NOS are a guide for the skills and knowledge for professionals to do their jobs competently within their selected fields of specialization.

When you apply, you’ll identify your environmental specializations and then rate your experience in these areas. Choose from 14 diverse areas for your EP specializations.

While EPs must meet a minimum standard, there are no minimum standards for EPts, as we understand that EPts may have limited experience. However, EPts will still be assessed to determine areas of strength and improvement.

Accountable to the EP® Code of Ethics

All certified members must abide by the EP Code of Ethics. This includes several rules of professional conduct, including ensuring the safety and welfare of all persons and responsibility for environmental stewardship. See the EP Code of Ethics

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