There are two "conventional" pathways to Professional Certification and two alternate pathways to Professional Certification that environmental professionals may choose from.

The two conventional pathways to Professional Certification are:

  1. Take the E-Course Pathway to Certification.  Sign up for the E-Course that corresponds to the Professional Certification you desire.  Complete the entire E-Course curriculum, receive your Course Completion Certificate and then take and pass a set of examinations related to the content of the E-Course you took on-line.  After passing the exams, submit an Application for Certification documenting your educational and employment background in an environmental field.
  2. Attend a Nielsen Environmental Field School on-site course, receive your course completion certificate, take and pass a set of examinations related to the content of the course you attended, and submit an Application for Certification documenting your educational and employment background in an environmental field;

 More detailed information on certification requirements can be found here.

Two alternate pathways to Professional Certification:

  1. If You Have More than 8 Years of Documented Environmental Field Experience, a Self-Study Alternative:
    Instead of completing one of our on-site courses or E-Courses, you may pay a nominal self-study enrollment fee, purchase the Study Guide related to the Professional Certification you desire, review the Study Guide thoroughly, and use that information along with your knowledge of the field that you already have to take and pass the set of examinations related to the certification you desire.  Click on the following link:  Self Study Certification Request Form to download the form you need to submit to get started on your certification today!

  2. Pass an On-Site Field Audit of Your Sampling Team:
    Rather than attending one of our “live” on-site courses or E-Courses, you can invite us to attend one of your routine sampling events related to the Professional Certification you desire so we can perform an audit of your sampling team’s sampling practices.  If your sampling team passes the audit, all team members will be able to apply for certification without having to take an on-site course or E-Course, and without having to take and pass the examinations corresponding to the certification you desire.  If you do not pass the audit, you may opt to take an E-Course and take and pass the corresponding exams.  Click here to request an audit questionnaire which we will use to prepare a quote for your personalized field audit.