The ABCEP Board of Trustees developed a committee structure to support implementation of the strategic plan. In 2011 six committees were formed to begin formulating implementation plans for advancing ABCEPs strategic priorities. ABCEPs Strategic Plan is implemented by volunteer CEPs who serve on the following committees: Membership Services, Communications, Certification Review Board, Marketing/Recognition, Pre CEP, and Executive Team. If you are a CEP interested on serving on one or more of these committees please contact the Executive Administrator.
To provide oversight and to assure efficient functioning of the ABCEP Board of Trustees, its committees, assigned task forces, and the CRB. To assure that ABCEP is financially sound and follows all written procedures, its bylaws and ethical practices. Initiate financial service options and benefit options for ABCEP membership.
ABCEP is an efficient, fully functioning, accredited organization.
Objective 1 - Financial oversight and financial decisions
Objective 2 - Oversight on the management of the Academy through its procedure and bylaws.
Objective 3 - Advice to the Board President on the Board meetings and procedures
Each Committee and Task Force has action item responsibilities that have short and long term timelines. The Board President will maintain a running task list that will be reviewed at each board meeting during Committee and Task Force reviews.
Certification Review Board:
The Certification Review Board (CRB) evaluates applications for the CEP within three months, answering questions and assures the applicant is kept appraised of the status of their application. The Certification Review Board (CRB) implements all requirements set forth in the ABCEP Procedures Manual, and supports ABCEP and its Board of Trustees.
To develop, implement and improve procedures used by the Certification Review Board. To provide oversight of the day-to-day workings of the CRB to assure it's efficient operation and expedient processing of applications for the CEP credential. To provide mentors to CEP-ITs to guide them through the CEP application process.
The CRB processes are upheld to CESB standards and continually improved.
Objective 1 - Certified Environmental Professional Applicant Evaluation.
Objective 2 - Continuing Certification Review Board policy and policy and procedure evaluation.
Objective 3 - ABCEP Certification Program outreach and enhancement.
The Recognition Committee was formed to promote corporate, State and Federal Agency recognition of the CEP and CEP-IT in professional career development and regulatory requirements as well as towards gaining state licensing or recognition by a national standards organization.
To increase recognition of the "Certified Environmental Professional" credential in the environmental profession with states, government agencies and the public-at-large through individual participation, corporate affirmation, Agency policy and procedures, and collaboration with like-minded organizations.
History / Future:
The current-day Recognition Committee is an evolution of the Marketing/Development Committee initiated in 2008 that was rebranded as the Partnership / Alliance Committee in 2010, rebranded as the Marketing / Recognition Committee in 2012 and simplified its name to the Recognition Committee in 2013. The efforts of the Recognition Committee are in-line with and measured against ABCEP’s Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives.
Historically, led solely by members of the Board of Trustees, the Recognition Committee has been hindered by limited volunteer-leadership available hours and a deficiency in being able to stay on top of opportunities across the United States. However, it has not been idle. Rather, it has achieved:
- Opening discussions for Federal Agency recognition with the EPA, USACE, Air Force, Navy, Department of Labor, and Office of Personnel Management.
- Opening discussions for State Agency recognition with North Carolina, Florida, and Washington.
- Consortium participation for exploring unified environmental professional credential.
- Consortium participation on the Task Force for re-issuance of ASTM Standard E1929.
- Developing symposia proposals to the EPA National Center for Innovation.
- Preparation of Information Releases, advertisements, and related marketing materials.
- Preparation of television interview scripts.
- Orchestrating individualized outreach to national conference attendees.
- Contributing to workshops conducted by fellow CEPs at NAEP, FAEP, CalAEP conferences.
Begun in 2014, the Recognition Committee reorganized creating regionally-focused contributors/committee members because, bluntly, the coverage area of ABCEP is too large to stay updated on current issues, initiatives, conferences, interest-group meetings, professional association meetings, regulatory reform, continuing education trainings, etc., that affect or involve environmental professionals. The regionally-focused contributors provide outreach identifying and sharing recognition opportunities in his/her respective geographical and professional niche.
Evidence-based accomplishments are the among the goals of the Recognition Committee. The Committee has achieved:
- US Department of Labor O*NET listing of the Certified Environmental Professional credential as well as facilitating individual CEP contributors to the USDOL career development task force for environmental professionals.
- US Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC) inclusion in career development opportunities workshop for environmental professionals (military, civil, and contractors).
- Citation of the CEP as preferred credential in job postings and contractor qualifications by US Navy, NC Forest Service, and more.
- Career advancement endorsements (by way of individual CEP promotion or receipt of financial bonus upon receipt of the credential) by corporate employers.
- Inked relationships with the Washington State Coastal Training Program and the Manufacturers' Education Council for continuing education opportunities for CEPs and CEP-ITs.
Through publication of the Environmental Professional Newsletter, the Communications Committee provides information on what CEPs and CEP-ITs are doing in their respective professions as well as their communities. Through the Newsletter Editor, the Communications Committee coordinates with other ABCEP committees to provide information to assist members in achieving certification, promoting certification maintenance, and engaging the CEP community in the activities of the Board and other related organizations.
The Communications Committee's mission is to establish and promote recognition of ABCEP Certified Environmental Professionals in their everyday practice as well as through activities in the communities in which they live and work.
Communicate effectively with ABCEP members, the professional community, and the public to promote continuing education and stimulate growth in all aspects of the environmental profession.
Objective 1 - Effectively communicate aspects of the ABCEP Strategic Plan.
Objective 2 - Communicate membership and organizational information.
Objective 3 - Increase CEP identification and participation through valued communications.
The Communications Committee is preparing regular bi-monthly Newsletters.
Member Services Committee
The Members Services Committee supports Environmental Professionals in their professional development and career growth. Pre CEP Task Force supports Environmental Professionals in the acquisition of certification, coordinates the Mentor Program for CEP-ITs and professionals seeking certification.
To support ABCEP members by development and implementation of benefits that support their professional development. Support ABCEP through retention and diversification of its membership. ABCEPs Mentoring and CEP-IT Program is to enhance lifelong professional development in environmental science and planning, scholarship, and service. The mentoring relationships will support collegiality, effective communication, self-evaluation, and environmental science and planning competence, all of which enhance a stimulating and supportive career development in the environmental profession.
Expand and diversity membership services provided by ABCEP; including professional training and career pathway development for membership. Expand services provided by ABCEP Mentors to include outreach to professionals interested in becoming a CEP, providing mentorship to CEP Candidates, and providing guidance to CEP-ITs.
Objective 1 - Provide membership professional development and training. Engage environmental professionals that are interested in becoming a CEP and provide mentorship to CEP candidates and guidance to CEP-ITs.
Objective 2 - Provide career development and networking opportunities. Maintain active, well trained, and informed Mentors.
Objective 3 - Expand, diversify and retain ABCEP's membership. Routinely interact with the ABCEP Office staff and ABCEP Board of Trustees on successes of the Mentor Program.