Environmental Professional in-training (EPt) Certification

Enhance your environmental career by becoming an EPt with ECO Canada.

Environmental Professional in-training (EPt) Certification

Join a community of over 1,500 emerging, newly-graduated, entry level, and transitioning professionals across Canada who are committed to working in the Canadian environmental sector by attaining the EPt certification.

ECO Canada’s EPt certification is a developmental certification and once you are an EPt, you’ll gain access to skill and knowledge building environmental career resources from ECO Canada, including access to one of ECO Canada’s Online Training Courses.

As a stepping stone to the Environmental Professional (EP) certification, EPts are required to:

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

Why become an EPt?

EPt 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 commitment as an emerging environmental professional
  • Invests in the development of your environmental skills and knowledge
  • Offers valuable discounts and access to career resources
  • Enhances your marketability and mobility
  • Being a part of a growing community of environmental professionals

You renew your EPt certification annually as a commitment to your career.

Am I eligible?

We award EPt Certification after we review your education, employment history, and you identify your current environmental skills and knowledge. Here are the key criteria that we’ll review:

You hold a recognized Canadian college diploma or university degree of a minimum two years, or equivalent international credentials. If you obtained your degree or diploma outside of Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, you’ll need an educational assessment to demonstrate the Canadian equivalency.

Note: Fees for an educational assessment may apply and are not included in the application fee paid to ECO Canada. Learn more about educational assessments

Work experience
EPts do not need to meet a minimum work experience requirement. Once you reach five years of environmental experience, you are encouraged to upgrade to the EP Certification.

Environmental competencies
EPts do not yet have to meet the standard environmental skills and knowledge. We understand you are building your skills and gaining work experience.

However, you will still be assessed against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Environmental Employment to determine areas of strength and improvement. The NOS are a guide for the skills and knowledge for professionals to do their jobs competently within their selected fields of specialization.

What’s my specialization?

The environmental sector is broad. Work towards your unique combination of environmental expertise.

Specializations are set by the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for environmental employment, including 14 diverse areas related to Environmental Protection, Resource Management, and Environmental Sustainability.

Each specialization has a unique set of standards for proficiency, allowing you to work towards the skills and competencies needed to attain full certification.

Select up to 2 specializations to apply for certification. See the 14 specializations

How does the Process work?


Once you’ve paid your application fee, you’ll submit your online application. To complete your application, you’ll need:

  • Your resume including current employment information
  • Your areas of specialization you’ve selected
  • Three references to validate your experience

Once your application has been submitted, ECO Canada staff will review your application and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements and can proceed to the self-assessment.

The self-assessment involves evaluation of your environmental experience and competence against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the specialty (or specialties) you have selected. Use the EPt designation to define your career path by documenting your current level of experience using the National Occupational Standards. This will help you identify and develop the required skills to upgrade to EP certification.

Once you’ve successfully completed your self-assessment, your references are then contacted on an audit basis to validate your commitment to developing your career as an environmental professional.

The registrar will then review your application and determine if it can be reviewed by the Approvals Board. The Approvals Board meets the second week of every month, and you will be notified of your certification status within two (2) business days of that meeting.

Once approved by the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB), you’ll need to pay your membership fee to be officially certified as an EPt.

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Other Environmental Certifications from ECO Canada

Environmental Professional (EP)
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