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National Occupational Standards for Environmental Employment


Defining the scope of environmental work activities and skills

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are competencies required to perform successfully in a particular occupation. These standards are currently the foundation of ECO Canada’s EP® specializations.

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As environmental employment continues to develop and mature, ensuring a common language in terms of knowledge and skills is among the most critical issues for the success of the entire environmental industry.

In this document, you’ll learn about:

  • Technical competencies that describe work tasks related to protecting, managing and sustaining the environment.
  • Transferable competencies that ECO Canada developed to assist employers and employees within the environmental sector.
  • 12 knowledge requirements shared commonly by environmental workers, such as awareness of ecosystem health principles and risks.