Specialty certification by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists is a voluntary process. People may seek certification as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist. Each person seeking certification as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist must possess certain pre-requisites including:
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.
There are two examination paths to specialty certification by the Academy. They differ only in the experience pre-requisites pertaining to each. The elements, which distinguish each of these paths, are described in the following sections.
This is the principal path used by the Academy to grant specialty certification. Individuals possessing at least eight (8) years of acceptable environment science experience, four (4) of which are in responsible charge, are eligible. The experience must be obtained after the receipt of the baccalaureate degree.
Those persons possessing at least sixteen (16) years of environment science experience, twelve (12) of which are in responsible charge, after receipt of the baccalaureate degree may qualify for specialty certification by peer review only. The majority of the candidate’s experience must be in the specialty for which certification is sought. Generally, “majority” is defined for these purposes to mean 10 years.
By obtaining certification, you demonstrate competence through comprehensive written and oral examinations in one or more of the following specialties:
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.
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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