Environmental biologists have ever increasing influence on environmental projects, but in many provinces, there is no formal way of recognize their professional contributions.

Join other experienced environmental biologists who have chosen the EP national certification to acknowledge their environmental competency, dedication and experience.

What is EP Certification?

Since 2001, EP Certification has been the national industry standard for environmental work done by environmental biologists and other environmental professionals.

EP Certification reflects more than two decades of intensive labour market research; determining which skills and what knowledge matters most to environmental employers.

With a community of over 3,000 certified members, environmental biologists across Canada are seeking EP certification to gain recognition of their environmental expertise, to expand their professional network and to further establish their credibility.

Ready to apply? Click the buttons below to pay the EP or EPt application fee.

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Do I qualify?

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 will need to meet:

  • You have at least five years of environmental work experience in Canada
  • You hold a recognized Canadian college diploma or university degree, or equivalent international credentials
  • You meet the minimum standard of environmental skills and knowledge in your chosen specialization(s) as determined by the National Occupational Standards (NOS)

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.

Learn more about EP qualifications

What’s my specialty?

Environmental biologists most commonly specialize in:

  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Manager
  • Water Quality
  • Waste Management

Learn more about EP specializations

Why should I be an EP?

EP Certification gives environmental biologists the competitive advantage at every step of their career:

  • Get formally recognized for your environmental competency, dedication and experience.
  • Connect with a broad network of environmental professionals who share your high level of standards.
  • Get first access to professional development webinars, workshops and other training tools.
  • Share your expertise on industry topics as an EP licensed trainer.
  • Enhance your career growth. Last year over 1,000 job board postings gave preference to EPs.
  • Save with member discounts on professional development and networking events, job postings, insurance (Errors and Omission insurance, general liability insurance, and home and auto insurance), travel, and 25% off our ECO Academy courses.

How do I become certified?

You could be certified in as little as 4-6 weeks. Here’s how the process works:


  1. Pay your application fee.
  2. Gather your résumé and three references who can validate your experience.
  3. Complete your application and agree to the EP Code of Ethics, the standards of accountability for all certified members.
  4. Perform a self-assessment in the specialization areas you selected in your application.


  1. Get evaluated by your references.
  2. Your application is reviewed and validated by ECO Canada.


  1. Receive final approval from the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB).
  2. Pay your initial membership fee ($200 + GST/HST for EPs, $100 + GST/HST for EPts).

Need more detail? Learn more in the EP and EPt Applicant Guide.

How much does it cost?

EPt For applicants with less than 5 years of experience EP For applicants with at least 5 years of experience
Non-refundable* Application Fee


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Membership Fee (paid after Board approval)




Annual Membership Fee (paid each year on April 1)





1. What specialization should I apply for?

If you are applying as an EP, you should consider the specialized areas you are involved with in your current employment, or most recent employment experience.

If you are applying as an EPt, you should consider areas of visibility you’ve had with your current or most recent employment. You can also consider areas of specialization that interest you. EPts do not need to meet a minimum competency standard as EP applicants do. The specialization(s) you choose, combined with the self and peer validation, demonstrates the applicant’s areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

Learn more about EP specializations

2. What is considered ‘relevant’ work employment experience?

Relevant work experience for the purposes of EP certification includes full-time, paid environmental work experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their experience meets these requiremen

3. How long will the application process take?

The application process can take anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks, depending on how long it takes for you to complete your application, for you to choose to your specialization and for your peers to provide references.

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4. What is the NOS and how does it apply to EP Certification?

The NOS is a guide for the skills and knowledge required of practitioners in order to perform their jobs competently within their selected field of specialization. Specializations include 14 diverse areas related to Environmental Protection, Resource Management, and Environmental Sustainability.

In order to be certified, an EP applicant is required to confirm their competencies in their chosen specialization(s) compared to the NOS. EPs must meet a minimum standard as set out by the NOS. Because of an EPts limited experience, there are no minimum standards; however, you will still be assessed to determine areas of strength and improvement.

Learn more about NOS

5. What happens after I pay the application fee?

After you pay the application fee, you’ll receive a payment confirmation email as well as instructions on how to access your EP application online.

6. I have other questions. How can I get assistance?

We recommend that you consult the EP and EPt applicant guide. You can also direct your outstanding questions to EP@eco.ca.

Ready to apply? Click the buttons below to pay the EP or EPt application fee.

Pay EP application fee    OR   Pay EPt application fee