ISO 14000 consultants plan and implement an organization’s ISO 14000 (International Organization for Standardization) systems. These systems allow the organization to better manage its environmental risks by providing standard, established, and documented procedures to follow. ISO 14000 consultants focus on a number of areas, including environmental management systems, environmental auditing, evaluation of environmental performance, environmental labeling, and life cycle assessment.
Imagine you have been contracted to work with a small oil and gas company to plan and implement the ISO 14000 environmental standards. ISO 14000 sets a standard for environmental management systems, stating the requirements and guidelines for these systems, as well as addressing specific environmental aspects. Your first job with this oil and gas company will be to document its current processes. This will indicate where the deficiencies lie, and what you need to do to bring processes to the ISO 14000 level. You will design systems and integrate them into the company.
As an ISO 14000 consultant, you help organizations achieve business excellence by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and regulations. You provide implementation, auditing, and training assistance that companies can easily understand and maintain. You work on a contract basis, with numerous different client companies throughout the year.
Your consulting service should be a part of any organization's environmental management programs. You ensure organizations are proactive, rather than reactive in terms of environmental-related issues. This can greatly reduce incidents and the liability that they would face. You also help them to conserve energy and materials and allow them to provide evidence of their regulatory compliance. At the end of each day, you are proud to have helped an organization reach a level of environmental excellence.
Duties vary significantly from job to job, but the following list includes typical job duties one might encounter as an ISO 14000 consultant:
In the office:
In most cases, the minimum education requirement to work as an ISO 14000 consultant is a college technical diploma. The following post-secondary programs are most applicable to a career in this field:
Knowledge of ISO certification processes and experience with ISO 9000 and OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001 standards are beneficial.
If you are a high school student considering a career as an ISO 14000 consultant, you should have a strong interest in: