You’re An Experienced Professional Dedicated To Making An Impact


Congratulations, you’ve dedicated your career to protecting, managing and/or sustaining Canada’s environment. What better way to demonstrate your commitment and professionalism than by getting certified?

About Environmental Sector Specializations

The Process

In your self-assessment you will be presented with a series of competency statements according to the area(s) of specialization in which you have applied. You will rate your level of experience with each competency as either having no experience, experience gained at a learning level, experience at a guidance level, more advanced experience at the independent or lead levels.

All EP applicants are required to meet a minimum level of competence to succeed, whereas EPt applicants are only developing their skills and the self-assessment is used to document any experience gained to date. EP peer references will then validate the level of experience identified by the applicant via the self-assessment.

You can learn more about the NOS by downloading our report.

Selecting Specializations

The environmental sector is broken down into three sectors containing 14 diverse sub-sectors that professionals specialize within to guide their careers effectively.
EP members must meet a minimum standard of environmental skills and knowledge by validating their work within one of those sub-sectors as part of the application process.

The model is based on the National Occupation Standards (NOS) for Environmental Employment that we developed in partnership with the Government of Canada. The NOS includes a comprehensive list of core competencies including both technical and transferable skills.  As environmental demand grows, and the sector continues to mature, ensuring a common language of skills and knowledge is critical for success.

Environmental Protection

Your desire to protect our home here on Earth is stronger than most, protecting the environment means your work makes a difference to lessening the disturbance of the land, air, water and ecosystems that we inhabit.

This could mean working on projects that contribute to healthy living, the overall temperature of our atmosphere and support biodiversity.

Natural Resource Management

Natural resources are hugely important to the future of our communities and span a wide range of industries from forestry, to mining, to renewable energy.

Finding a way to conserve these valuable assets and respect the gifts that nature provides for our survival is what you do. The end goal?  Sustainable natural resource management.

Environmental Sustainability

You’ve decided to make steps to lessen the impact of our society on the planet. This could mean you gravitate towards projects that contribute to more sustainable living and protecting ecosystems as well as improving biodiversity.

You’re dedicated to educating and shedding light on the best ways to preserve the best of nature for generations to come.

Take the First Step on Your Path to Becoming EP Designated

Learn more about each specialization and how your expertise fits within the environmental sector.

  • Discover how each of the 14 diverse environmental specializations fit into our 3 sector personas
  • Learn which persona best fits your expertise
  • Complete a checklist of competencies for each specialization
  • View occupational examples that fit within each subsector
  • Take a short quiz to see if you prequalify for an EP designation
  • Read about each designation level and the great benefits of becoming an EP