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How Do I Become Board Certified in Environmental Science?

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists® certifies qualified environmental scientists recommended by peers in their field of specialty as Board Certified Environmental Scientists through certification procedures prescribed by the Academy's Bylaws.

Minimum Requirements for Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES)

Each candidate for certification as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist is required to possess certain minimum qualifications.

All candidates shall:

Through a combination of credentials review, examinations, and assessment of work experience a judgment is made regarding qualification for specialty certification. This work is entrusted primarily to the Academy's Admissions Committee and staff. However, the final decision to grant a certificate rests with the Board of Trustees of the Academy. The process is completed when the person deemed worthy of certification accepts the certificate and the responsibilities that certification entails.

Experience Requirements

Written & Oral Exams

Candidates applying for certification by Written Examination and Peer Review shall have had at least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience following receipt of a baccalaureate degree, of which four (4) years shall have been in responsible charge of work at a level acceptable to the AAESCB in one or more of the designated environmental science specialties.

A Master's and a Ph.D each count as 1.5 years towards the 8-year requirement for a maximum of 3 years. The years of work and education may not overlap.

Written Exam Waiver

Candidates applying for certification without written examination must have had at least sixteen (16) years of progressively responsible environmental science experience following receipt of baccalaureate degree, of which twelve (12) years shall have been in responsible charge of work at a level acceptable to the AAESCB in one or more of the designated environmental science specialties.

Qualifying experience includes active and responsible participation and involvement in design, management, research, administration, or teaching primarily in one or more fields of environmental science.

Available Specialties

By obtaining certification, you demonstrate competence through comprehensive written and oral examinations in one or more of the following specialties:

Initial Certification

The qualifications of all candidates for certification are first reviewed by the Academy's Admissions Committee to determine if the Academy's minimum requirements are satisfied and in which specialty the candidate is qualified to be examined. After approval by the Admissions Committee, the candidate is examined using written and/or oral examinations, as appropriate. The results of the examinations are returned to the Admissions Committee for evaluation of the examination results. Those candidates who meet all the prescribed requirements are recommended by the Admissions Committee to the Board of Trustees which votes to grant certification.

The written and oral examinations are specialty specific. They are developed and updated bi-annually by committees composed of Board Certified Environmental Scientists certified in the specialty covered by the examination. Security and scoring of the written examinations are the responsibility of the Academy's Test Administration Department. The oral examinations are conducted by teams of three Board Certified Environmental Scientists in accordance with prescribed guidelines. The hour-long oral examination, one part professional practice issues and two parts technical specialty problems, is used to determine a candidate's ethical concepts, maturity, presence of mind, judgment, and ability to apply principles and concepts which cannot be easily measured by written examinations. Should a candidate fail either one of the two examinations, the failed component(s) may be re-taken pursuant to Academy procedures.

Upon satisfactory completion of the entire Admissions process and paying the prescribed fees, the candidate is granted certification in a specialty recognized by the Academy and awarded the title, "Board Certified Environmental Scientist". A certificate embossed with the name and specialty of the BCES is provided as confirmation.

How Do I Apply for Board Certification in Environmental Science?

The application package provides complete information about the Academy and its programs together with the materials you need to apply.

The application you return to us must include:

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