A)  For Those Taking One of the Conventional Pathways to Professional Certification:

The following requirements apply to all environmental professionals interested in achieving Professional Certification via one of the conventional pathways:

1a) An undergraduate or graduate university or college degree in an environmental field (e.g. geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, soil science, environmental science, environmental engineering, biology) OR

1b) An undergraduate, graduate or associate university or college degree in a non-environmental field, or a high-school diploma, and a minimum of 4 years of documented job experience in an environmental field;

2)    Completion of the Nielsen Environmental Field School (NEFS) on-site course or the Nielsen Environmental E-School E-Course that corresponds to the desired certificate*;

3)    Passing a set of practical exams based on instruction during the on-site course or E-Course that corresponds to the desired certificate;

4)    Payment of a nominal fee ($85.00 US) for the application for certification, a nominal fee for successful applicants for the initial Certificate ($65.00 US), and a nominal annual renewal fee ($85.00 US); and

5)    Completion of 8 hours of relevant continuing education (specifically related to the subject area of your certification) annually following certification.  Certified individuals will be required to provide documentation of completion of each training event if the training is taken from an organization other than NEFS.

* To become certified in a particular area, you must complete the corresponding NEFS on-site course or E-Course:

  Certification Desired    NEFS Course You Must Complete
Certified Environmental Sampler The Environmental Sampling Course (or E-Course)
Certified Ground-Water Sampler The Complete Ground-Water Sampling Course (or E-Course) OR The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring Course (or E-Course)
Certified Soil Sampler The Complete Soil Sampling Course (or E-Course)
   
Certified Ground-Water Monitoring Specialist The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring Course (or E-Course)
Certified Monitoring Well Installation Specialist The Ground-Water Monitoring Well Design, Construction & Development Course (or E-Course) OR The Complete Ground-Water Monitoring Course  (or E-Course)

B)  For Those Taking the Experience/Self Study Pathway to Professional Certification:

The following requirements apply to all environmental professionals interested in achieving Professional Certification via the experience/self study alternative:

1) An undergraduate, graduate or associate university or college degree in any field (whether environmental or not) or a high-school diploma, AND

2) A minimum of 8 years of documented experience in the specific environmental discipline for which you are seeking certification.  For example, if you are applying to become a Certified Ground-Water Sampler, you must have at least 8 years of experience conducting ground-water sampling.  Experience must be documented by a notarized statement from your current (or past) employer (or employers) describing your experience in detail;

3)  You do not need to complete the on-site course or E-Course corresponding to the certification for which you are applying.  However, you must purchase and review the Study Guide for that  course and pass the set of written examinations that correspond to that course (with a grade of 70% or better).  Exams are e-mailed to you directly;

4)  Payment of a nominal fee ($85.00 US) for the application for certification, a nominal fee for successful applicants for the initial Certificate ($65.00) and a nominal annual renewal fee ($85.00); and

5)  Completion of 8 hours of relevant continuing education (specifically related to the subject area of your certification) annually following certification.  Certified individuals will be required to provide documentation of  completion of each training event if the training is taken from an organization other than NEFS.

C)  For Those Taking the Field Audit Pathway to Professional Certification:

The following requirements apply to all environmental professionals interested in achieving Professional Certification via the field audit alternative (all requirements apply to all sampling team members seeking certification):

1)  An undergraduate or graduate university or college degree in an environmental field (e.g. geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, soil science, environmental science, environmental engineering, biology) OR

2) An undergraduate, graduate or associate university or college degree in a non-environmental field, or a high-school diploma, AND a minimum of 4 years of documented job experience in an environmental field;

3) Passing a comprehensive field audit of the sampling practices conducted by your sampling team related to the specific certification you desire.  For example, if you are applying to become Certified Ground-Water Samplers, your sampling team must pass an audit of one of your ground-water sampling events.  The charge for the audit will vary based on the length of the time required to conduct the audit and our travel expenses.  Each individual in the sampling team seeking certification must demonstrate the skills required to pass the audit individually. Those that pass may continue through the certification process; those that do not pass may consider pursuing one of the conventional pathways for certification;

4)  Payment of a nominal fee ($85.00 US) for the application for certification, a nominal fee for successful applicants for the initial Certificate ($65.00) and a nominal annual renewal fee ($85.00); and

5)  Completion of 8 hours of relevant continuing education (specifically related to the subject area of your certification) annually following certification.  Certified individuals will be required to provide documentation of completion of each training event if the training is taken from an organization other than NEFS.

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