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Environmental Auditor Certifications

You set the standards for environmental auditing. Prove it as a certified EP Auditor.

Environmental Professional (EP) Auditing Certifications

Industry standards are vital to environmental auditing—not just for processes, but for skills and knowledge too. Become an Environmental Professional (EP) Auditor to show that you meet high standards of expertise.

ECO Canada awards two environmental auditing certifications:

EP(CEA): Compliance Auditor
You work with national and international auditing standards and focus on CSA Z773 or ISO 19011.

EP(EMSLA): Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor
You specialize in one or both of the following areas:

  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS): You audit organizations against the ISO 14001 standard, and you have the expertise to lead an EMS audit team or conduct audits on your own.
  • Sustainable Forestry Management (SFM): You audit organizations against SFM standards like FSC, SFI, or CSA Z809. You have the skills and experience to lead an SFM audit team or conduct audits independently.

The Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) is responsible for the overseeing the administration, evaluation and ratification of ECO Canada’s certification of EP Auditors in Canada.

Why become an EP Auditor?

EP Certification sets you apart. It reflects more than two decades of labour market research on the skills and knowledge that matter most to environmental employers.

Top benefits include:

  • Establishes your professional credibility at a national level
  • Formally recognizes and verifies environmental skills and knowledge
  • Enhances marketability and mobility
  • Offers valuable discounts and prequalification on liability insurance
  • Access to a growing community of environmental professionals

You renew your EP auditor certification annually as a commitment to your career.

Am I eligible?

We award EP Auditor Certifications after a rigorous review of your education, formal audit training, employment history, and environmental auditing skills and knowledge tested through an online examination.

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

Work experience
You must have at least five years of relevant environmental work experience . Relevant work experience should contribute to the development of knowledge and skills in some or all of the following areas:

  • Environmental management methods and techniques
  • Environmental science and technology
  • Technical and environmental aspects of operations
  • Relevant requirements of environmental laws, regulations and related documents
  • Environmental management systems and standards
  • Audit procedures, processes and techniques

Education
You hold a recognized Canadian or international college diploma or university degree . The degree or diploma should be relevant to the title sought. A relevant degree or diploma should concentrate on one of the following areas:

  • Engineering
  • Natural science
  • Environmental science or technology
  • Law
  • Business administration
  • Accounting

Training
Applicants for auditing titles must have completed 35 hours of lead auditor training that contributes to the development of knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Environmental management systems and standards against which audits may be performed, such as ISO 14001
  • Environmental science and technology
  • Technical and environmental aspects of various types of business activities and facility operations
  • Relevant requirements of environmental laws, regulations and related documents
  • Different types of environmental audits, audit procedures, processes, techniques, and guidelines for auditing, including ISO 19011

Professional Practice
Each applicant shall demonstrate professional practice via the submission of audit logs, in order to demonstrate that his/her audit experience was gained under the prescribed conditions and within the required time frame. All audits shall have occurred within the five years immediately prior to
application.

For full details on the eligibility requirements see the EP Auditor Applicant Guide

How does the Process work?

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  1. Pay the application and exam fee.
    You’ll receive a payment confirmation notice with details on how to access your EP Auditor application.
  2. Complete your application. 
    You’ll need to submit info about your work experience, education and professional auditing practice.
    Learn more in the EP Auditor Applicant Guide
  3. Write the EP Auditor exam.
    Once the EP registrar confirms your eligibility, you’ll need to write the online EP Auditor exam within three months of approval.
    See the EP Auditor Exam Guide
  4. Get evaluated by an environmental auditing expert.
    An auditing professional will review your listed education, experience, and professional practice.
  5. Receive final approval.
    The Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) will review your application and provide final approval. We’ll notify you by email with your results.Once approved by CECAB, you’ll need to pay your membership fee to be officially certified as an EP Auditor.

EP Auditor Fees

EP(CEA) EP(EMSLA)
Application and Exam Fee
$450

+ GST/HST

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$450

+ GST/HST

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Adding a Specialization Post-application N/A
$100

+ GST/HST

Note:

  • Application fees are non-refundable, even in the event of an unsuccessful application.
  • Late payment of annual membership fees will incur a fee of $100 + GST/HST.

EP Auditor Membership Fees

Annual membership fees are due on April 1. Log into your member account to renew

EP(CEA) EP(EMSLA)
Initial Membership Fee
$200

+ GST/HST

 $200

+ GST/HST

Annual Membership Fee
$200

+ GST/HST

$200

+ GST/HST

Note:

  • Initial membership fee is prorated based on April 1 schedule.
  • Late payment of annual membership fees will incur a fee of $100 + GST/HST.

Outstanding Fees Policy

If payment is not received within 30 days of its due date, a late penalty of $100.00 for EP members / $50.00 for EPt members will apply and the member will be temporarily removed from the Roster until payment is received. This status will be lifted and the member’s name will be placed back on the Roster once payment is received.

If it has been more than 90 days since ECO Canada has received any communication from a member, and said member still has outstanding fees, their account will be permanently removed and they will have to re-apply as a new applicant.

Please contact us at EP@eco.ca or 1-800-890-1924 if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.

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Take the first step and pay the application and exam fee.
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Apply for EP(EMSLA)  

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Other Environmental Certifications from ECO Canada

Environmental Professional (EP)
See the requirements and apply

Environmental Professional in Training (EPt)
See the requirements and apply