Environmental Professional
(EP®) Certification

Showcase your Expertise with Canada's Only National Environmental Designation

Join thousands of professionals who demonstrate leadership, commitment to the field and dedication to continuous improvement in the environmental sector.

About EP® Certification

Founded in 2000, ECO Canada’s Environmental Professional (EP) designation provides formal recognition of your environmental expertise and professional integrity.

Environmental professionals represent a group of diverse environmental and sustainability professionals across Canada. They include environmental scientists, technicians, engineers, biologists, auditors, managers, consultants, and executives – who hold specialized knowledge in the environmental sector.

EP is awarded to applicants after a rigorous review of education, employment history, and validated environmental skills and knowledge. Once certified, EPs must practice their profession in accordance with ethical standards by adhering to the EP Code of Ethics.

To maintain the EP designation, members are required to complete and submit professional development activities as well as renew their membership fees annually.

We offer three levels of certification based on your level of career experience and areas of expertise:

EPt Designation

Environmental Professional in-Training Designation

I am an EPt

You have less than 5 years of environmental experience in Canada and hold a post-secondary degree or diploma. You are looking to build your skills and knowledge in the environmental sector.

EP Designation

Environmental Professional

I am an EP

You have over 5 years of environmental experience in Canada, hold a post-secondary degree or diploma, and have specialized knowledge in the environmental sector.

EP Auditor Designations

EP(CEA): Compliance Auditor & EP(EMSLA): Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor

I am an Environmental Auditor

EP(CEA): You work with national and international auditing standards; EP(EMSLA): You specialize in one or both of Environmental Management Systems and Sustainable Forestry Management

Graduating from an ECO Canada Accredited program? Contact us to learn about your EPt offer

Application Process

The Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) is responsible for overseeing the administration, evaluation and ratification of ECO Canada’s certification of EPs in Canada. While ECO Canada acts as the certifying body for EP Certification, the Approvals Board, composed of key environmental stakeholders from across Canada, functions as a safeguard on impartiality for the certification and re-certification of applicants and members.

Become Certified in 8 Steps

  • Take the NOS Assessment

  • References Submit Evaluations

  • Prepare For Board Approval

  • Successful Certification!

Ready to Apply? Take the first step

Planning to become an EP Auditor instead? Click here to see fees and apply

Hear What our Members are Saying about EP:

 In my role as an environmental professor, I have worked with several hundred excellent emerging professionals over the past 20 plus years. For my entire teaching career, ECO Canada has been the entity that these young professionals can rely upon for assuring their continued growth as world class professionals in the pursuit of their own environmental careers.

Ian Smith, B.Math., M.Sc., OLD/OLIP, EP

Am I Eligible?

Take the EP assessment to find out before you apply

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