NEBOSH Environmental Certificate Syllabus

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate is comprised of two units: NEC1 and NEC2

The syllabus of the National Certificate in Environmental Management qualification is comprised of two units, NEC1 and NEC2. Unit NEC1 is entitled 'Management and Control of Environmental Hazards' and is made up of nine different elements. This unit has a recommended tuition time of 35 hours, with a further 25 hours of private study at home. Unit NEC2 is a practical project, and NEBOSH recommend 2 hours of tuition and 8 hours of private work for this unit.

The nine elements that make up the syllabus for the NEC1 unit of the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate are:

Element 1: Foundations in Environmental Management
In the first element of the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, candidates will be introduced to the scope of environmental management and what it covers, including the legal framework, regulation and authority of enforcement regulators. It will also cover the importance of sustainability with regards to environmental management, as well as the ethical and monetary benefits to an organisation.

Element 2: Environmental Management Systems
Element 2 of the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate syllabus looks at the reasons for the implementation of environmental management systems, particularly ISO 14001:2004, BS 8555 and the benefits and limitations.

Element 3: Environmental Impact Assessments
An environmental impact assessment will enable an organisation to identify which parts of its operations have an impact (either negatively or positively) upon the environment. This will enable them to either introduce new, or improve existing, working practices, process, controls etc.

This element will describe the various types of environmental impact assessments, explain the reasons for conducting them and identify the key sources of information available.

Element 4: Control of Emissions to Air
The emission of harmful gases into the air is one of the most common forms of environmental pollution. This element looks at the different types of gases and the associated impact of each, as well as outlining the control measures available to reduce emissions and the principles of air quality standards.

Element 5: Control of Contamination of Water Sources
Water is essential for life, whether it be human, plant or animal. This means the contamination of water can have disastrous consequences, making the prevention of contamination one of the most important priorities of environmental management. Element 5 looks at the main sources of water pollution, along with appropriate control measures to avoid the contamination of local water.

Element 6: Control of Waste and Land Use
As far as a business is concerned, the production of waste is an unavoidable by-product for a business as it undertakes its normal operations. This element details the different categories of waste, the importance of minimising waste, waste disposal, and the negative impact of contaminating land.

Element 7: Sources of Use of Energy and Energy Efficiency
The vast majority of the world's industry is powered by electricity generated through the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal. The downside is that the toxic gases produced as a result of this burning has a severe impact upon the Earth's atmosphere, whether it be damaging the ozone layer and letting in an increasing amount of solar radiation, or trapping more heat and causing global warming.

Element 7 describes the benefit and limitations of both fossil fuels and renewable/alternative sources of energy like wind and solar. Energy efficiency is also covered, highlighting why it is important not only for the planet, but also for an organisation financially as lowering energy consumption will lower costs.

Element 8: Control of Environmental Noise
Often overlooked as an environmental issue, most countries around the world have introduced laws and legislation designed to tackle noise pollution. Excessive noise can not only annoy local residents, but can disturb local wildlife, and this element delves into the sources of noise and its impact in more detail, as well as the control methods available for controlling noise.

Element 9: Planning For and Dealing With Environmental Emergencies
Even with all the planning, control procedures and environmental health and safety training in the world, risk can never be fully eliminated and the potential for environmental accidents still exists. For this reason, it is vital that companies have plans and procedures in place to deal with a whole range of environmental emergencies. Having to make it up in the middle of a situation taking place can lead to delays in action taking place, which could compound the problem and make things worse unnecessarily. Ensuring that everyone knows their role and the procedures that should be followed will enable appropriate action to be taken quickly. Depending on the type of accident or emergency, this time saved could be the difference between a minor incident and a major environmental disaster.

NEC2 - Environmental Practical Application

In the second part of the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate syllabus, the NEC2 unit is a practical project which allows delegates to demonstrate their understanding of the information learnt in the NEC1 unit, by getting them to perform an environmental review of their own place of work, and then getting them to produce a report for management which details their findings and recommendations. This will contain items such as the nature and location of existing environmental issues and the level of risk associated with each one, existing measures already in place, and action which should be taken with appropriate prioritisation.

NEBOSH Environmental Certificate Assessment

The NEC1 unit is assessed by a 2-hour written exam. This contains 10 'short answer' question and one 'long answer' question. All of the questions on the exam are compulsory, and the exams are marked externally by a NEBOSH-appointed examiner.

The NEC2 practical unit is intended to be taken over 3 hours. It is assessed by the course tutor and moderated externally by NEBOSH.

Candidates who successfully pass the assessment will be awarded the official NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management. After obtaining the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, a number of delegates choose to progress further by undertaking the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma.

Scheduled Course Dates:

We currently run the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate courses in Nottingham and London. Unlike some health and safety training companies, all of our open courses include exam fees, certification costs and study book(s), as well as a buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

To see the complete list of currently scheduled NEBOSH Environmental Certificate course dates, along with prices and booking information, please see the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate page of our parent company ATC Risk Management Services Ltd by clicking here.

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