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IEMA Associate Certificate course in Environmental Management (10 Modules)

10 day

Introductory Offer, this course only - price includes exam and IEMA membership

Modules 1 – 5
Modules 6 – 10

If you're responsible for improving sustainability and environmental management within your organisation, IEMA Courses are an essential part of your personal development. Environmental management is a must for all businesses. Employers have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that their company conforms to strict legislation and controls, and maintenance of licence to operate. 

The IEMA Associate Certificate Course in Environmental Management is a globally recognised qualification which provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to effectively develop, apply, measure and monitor environmental and sustainability performance.

Course Objectives

The Associate Certificate in Environmental Management raises professional competence by equipping individuals with core knowledge and skills, and increasingly becoming a base requirement for all environmental professionals. Following successful completion of the course and exam you can apply for Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and use AIEMA after your name. 

Some of the benefits for organizations are to have trained and qualified environmental managers within their team, in addition, the impact on the environment can be successfully managed. For example, ensure legal compliance, and maintenance of licence to operate. Reduce environmental impacts while reducing operating costs and reducing waste. Demonstrating to stakeholders, the finance community and wider interested parties the true environmental credentials of the organisation.

What will I learn?

  • Identify issues and how they evolve within an organisation
  • Focus on how these issues can be successfully addressed and managed within your company
  • The impacts of social activities on the planets natural systems
  • How the ethical, social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability are related to each other
  • Outline what the main environmental legislations are
  • How to instigate management control to comply with legislations
  • Design and implementation processes for the management, assessment and interpretation of       environmental performance
  • Regulation process

Course Agenda

1 -5 of 10 Modules/Outcomes

Week 1

Day 1 - Understand environmental and sustainability principles (Outcome 1)

  • The main natural cycles and ecological systems
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Human interventions and pollution
  • Sustainability and sustainable development
  • Causes and effects of climate change

Day 2 - Understanding environmental policy issues (Outcome 2)

To be able to understand and consider:

  • The role of the (national) policy in the protection of the environment
  • The economic consequences of environmental and sustainability issues with regard to policy making
  • The various principles available with regard to setting environmental policy
  • The various tools and techniques available to governments to implement environmental policy
  • The ways that organisations may make the best opportunity from policies presented to them
  • The key principles of UK environmental policies
  • The impact of EU and International obligations as they effect UK environmental policy making
  • The process of policy making at the organisational level


Day 3 - Understanding of key environmental legislation and compliance measures (Outcome 3)

  • The regulatory framework in the UK
  • The relationship between UK, EU and International Law
  • Outline of the main types of UK Law
  • Review of key pieces of UK Environmental Legislation
  • How organisations comply with Environmental Legislation
  • Review of penalties for non-compliance with Environmental Legislation
  • The roles of environmental regulators

To be able to understand:

  • The law setting process in the UK
  • The role of civil and criminal law in the regulation of the environment
  • The key pieces of UK environmental legislation
  • Why and how organisations must comply with environmental legislation
  • The function of civil and criminal sanctions
  • The roles of environmental regulators

Day 4 - Understand environmental management and sustainable development in a business context (Outcome 4)

  • Risks and opportunities of environmental issues
  • Environmental business case
  • Environmental management and corporate responsibility
  • Value chain management and resource efficiency

Day 5 - Collecting, analysing and reporting environmental information and data (Outcome 5)

  • Identify relevant sources of environmental information and data
  • Describe appropriate techniques to collect, process, store and retrieve information and data
  • Evaluate the accuracy and relevance of data
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Draw appropriate conclusions

6-10 of 10 Modules/Outcomes

Week 2

Day 6 - Applying environmental management and assessment tools (Outcome 6)

  • Have a sound empirical grasp of key environmental management and assessment tools
  • Understand the role of these tools in promoting sustainable development
  • Appreciate the purpose and desired outcomes from the application of environmental management and assessment tools at an organisational level

Day 7 - The analysis of problems and opportunities in the delivery of sustainable solutions (Outcome 7)

To apply the information learnt in the previous 6 modules/outcomes in order to:

  • Determine where environmental problems may exist
  • Determine where environmental opportunities may exist
  • Assess critically risks and opportunities
  • Devise appropriate environmental improvement programmes

Day 8 - Developing and Implementing Programmes to Deliver Environmental Performance Improvement (Outcome 8)

  • Plan-Do-Check-Act: the soul of your EMS
  • Identifying ways to improve environmental performance
  • How to develop a programme to improve environmental performance
  • Using ISO 14001 as a framework
  • Getting buy-in and management support thru policy
  • Planning your EMS
  • Implementing your environmental performance programme
  • Checking and monitoring performance
  • Management review
  • To be to identify and register your organisation’s environmental aspects and impacts;
  • To become familiar with a variety of tools to improve environmental performance;
  • To able to apply SMART goals and plan for an EMS using the ISO 14001 methodology;
  • To demonstrate capabilities setting clear, measurable objectives and targets with timelines for improving environmental performance;
  • To be able to decide and position the organisation’s EMS for eventual 3rd Party auditing

Day 9 - Communicating Effectively with Internal and External Stakeholders (Outcome 9)

  • Identifying your internal and external stakeholders
  • Stakeholders needs: what are they and how can you discover them
  • The importance of effective communication with stakeholders
  • How to communicate with stakeholders: appropriate communication methods
  • The stakeholder engagement process
  • Measuring and evaluating your stakeholder engagement approach
  • Guidelines for environmental reporting and green claims
  • Identify who your stakeholders are and apply a step-by-step framework for a stakeholder engagement;
  • State the purpose and desired outcomes of engagement and understand information needs of the stakeholders;
  • Apply effective questioning and active listening skills;
  • Position stakeholders according to power and influence;
  • Customise your communication approach and use appropriate methods accordingly;
  • Draft a stakeholder engagement evaluation strategy;
  • Outline the required inputs for environmental reporting


Day 10 - Influencing Behaviour and Implementing Change to Improve Sustainability (Outcome 10)

  • Why Change?
  • Drivers of Change
  • Principles of Change Management in the context of sustainability
  • Creating a positive environmental culture and a move to sustainability
  • Barriers to instilling a positive environmental culture and move towards sustainability
  • Techniques to constructively challenge behaviour causing environmental harm
  • Implications and consequences of the decisions we take

To be able to:

  • Develop transferable skills and tools in change management than can be applied help roll out your sustainability initiative
  • Learn the process for applying change management in the context of sustainability by practicing key areas that will increase success
  • Apply change management tools at critical points in the process that will help you manage the process better
  • Assume leadership in your sustainability initiative even though you may not sit in a senior leadership position by being able to ‘influence up’ as well as down
  • Be able to create a positive environmental culture and a move towards sustainability by dealing with barriers through constructive engagement to address environmental harm
  • Outline implications and consequences of decisions associated with change

Exam: 8th November 2013

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Knowledge Level

No previous in-depth environmental knowledge is required to undertake this course
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