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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to have an application accepted for consideration by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission, a full-time environmental program must meet the following eligibility requirements.

Along with each of the eligibility requirements is a description of the documentation required by the commission to verify that the educational institution meets the accreditation requirement:

  1. The program is located at a public institution that has authorization from the appropriate provincial/territorial/national agency to grant education credentials (e.g., certificate, advanced certificate, diploma, degree, and so forth). Documents required—name of the provincial/territorial/national authority that the program receives its authority to grant education credentials, and confirm that the program operates under this authority.
  2. Program must be sponsored by a post-secondary institution that has a formally constituted and effective governing board. Board responsibilities must include: i. The quality and integrity of the institution. ii. The adequacy of financial resources supporting the institution. Approval of strategic and financial plans, annual budgets, and fiscal audits. Documents required—provide the constitution, bylaws, and/or the terms of reference that describe the authority and responsibilities of the governing board, including the three points listed above. If available include an organizational chart showing the working order of the institution, including the governing board.
  3. There must be an administrative or academic position (e.g., dean/director/ program chair/VP academic/coordinator) whose full-time or major responsibility is to manage the program. Documents required—provide the job description for the position or briefly describe its responsibilities.
  4. The full-time program must be located at an educational institution that has its financial records audited annually by an external and independent certified public or chartered accountant or by an authorized provincial auditing agency. The audit report must include an opinion on the financial statement as to the fiscal integrity of the institution. Documents required—provide a copy of the institution’s latest audited financial statements, including the auditor’s opinion as to the fiscal integrity of the institution financial records.
  5. It is expected that the position of the environmental program in the administrative structure of the institution be consistent with that of comparable programs offered at the institution. Documents required—briefly describe the position of the environmental program within the administrative structure and give examples of positions of comparable programs offered in the institution.
  6. Policies and practices must be consistent with the Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Standards, as well as human rights and immigration policies when dealing with students, staff, and faculty. Documents required—confirm that the program/institution has policies and practices that are consistent with the Canadian Occupational Health & Safety standards and human rights and immigration policies.
  7. The available physical and learning resources are appropriate for effective delivery of the program. Documents required—attach a floor plan of the program facilities, including the number and capacity of lecture rooms, laboratories, and other important program-related resources. Include a brief description of the learning resource areas, such as the library/resource centre and computer facilities available to the program. Comment on the adequacy of the facilities and resources.
  8. The admissions policy specifies student characteristics and qualifications appropriate for environmental education, and adheres to that policy in its admission practices when not in conflict with provincial policies. Documents required—provide a copy of the admissions policy and the published list of selection criteria.

Feel free to reach out to us at accreditation@eco.ca if you have any questions.