EP Auditor Designations Take You Further

Be Recognized as a Leader For the Important Evaluation Work That You Do

You’ve gone far in your career, and you want to influence the future of the sector. How do you enhance your credibility and also become part of a national community of exceptional professionals in your field? The answer is simple.

Elevate your personal brand and gain recognition for your work auditing standards – become a certified auditor.

Access Benefits For Your Regulatory Expertise

  • National recognition for your environmental auditing expertise
  • Access an exclusive network of leading industry professionals
  • Mentor an Environmental Professional in-training to foster new talent
  • Influence the future of the profession by joining the Advisory Committee
  • Receive 66% Off Errors and Omission Insurance
  • Receive a further discount on General Commercial Liability
  • Gain $100,000 in AD&D Coverage from CHUBB Insurance

Two Auditor Designation Options To Consider

EP(CEA): Compliance Environmental Auditor

You specialize in the following areas:

  • 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 the following areas:

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

Here’s How You Become An EP Auditor

We award EP Auditor Designations after a rigorous review of education, employment, formal audit training, and environmental auditing knowledge. This is done through your audit experience and an online examination.

The  EP(EMSLA) and EP(CEA) are a gold-standard seal for environmental auditors, providing great benefits to those who are highly qualified and committed to the sector.

Below are the key criteria you will need.

Work Experience

You have at least five years of relevant environmental auditing 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

Formal Audit Training

Applicants must have completed 35 hours of lead auditor training that contributes to the development and knowledge 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


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

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

Audit Logs

You must have have completed eligible audit logs that document:

  • You have completed a minimum 7 audits in the last 5 years, 5 of which are in the applicant’s area of specialization (i.e. if applying EP(CEA), at least 5 audits must be compliance audits and if applying EP(EMSLA), 5 audits must be management system audits)
  • You have a minimum of 35 audit days, at least 25 of which must be in the applicant’s area of specialization
  • You have a minimum 21 onsite audit days

Overall experience must show that the applicant has the technical competencies associated with the National Occupation Standards for Environmental Auditors (See Appendices – ‘Technical Competency Dictionary’) over the course of the eligible audits submitted.

Professional Ethics

You demonstrate your understanding and adherence to the Guidelines for Ethical Practice and EP Code of Ethics.

You Have the Required Prerequisites & Want EP Auditor Benefits – How Do You Apply?

  • Pay the Application & Exam Fee ($450)

  • Access your online application

  • Submit your education, training, employment and audit experience

  • Write the online exam

  • An Auditing Expert will review your experience

  • Await Registrar approval

  • The Approvals Board (CECAB) reviews and approves your application

  • Pay the membership fee ($230) and receive your certificate

Governing Body for Certification

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

The Approvals Board, composed of prominent environmental stakeholders from across Canada, functions as an impartial governing body for the certification and term renewal of applicants and members. By this process, EP Auditors are ratified at the highest level, and are proven, certified leaders in their respective fields.

Maintaining Your Designation Status

To maintain the utmost professionalism, all certified members are required to complete professional development activities and submit their membership fees on an annual basis.

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