To Being a CEP
Leads to performance awards and promotions
Increases marketability and career opportunities
Provides focus for professional development
Confirms and validates professional skills
Enhances networking opportunities
Conveys privileges such as CEP on letterhead
Affirms commitment to code of ethics
Allows user to perform professional services and seal work products
Gives a personal sense of achievement

To Employers
Enhances confidence in the knowledge, skills and accomplishments of your employees 
Increases your ability to bill employees out at higher rates
Strengthens your technical proposals to customers
Demonstrates the depth of technical skills available to prospective customers and the public
Reduces professional liability insurance costs.

To Clients and Customers
Assures confidence in the professional's services addressing a broad array of environmental planning, analysis, education and documentation
Provides an assurance of engaging competent environmental professionals
Stronger defense in case of lawsuits
Serves as a source for qualified, practicing environmental professionals.

What are the Benefits of Certification?

The CEP designation provides benefits for both individuals and employers. When you or your employee is certified and a member of the Academy, he/she will be able to tap into the experience and expertise of hundreds of environmental and natural resource professionals - geologists, engineers, cultural specialists, hazardous materials managers, ecosystem restorers, and others. In addition, there will be opportunities for professional growth and recognition, which ultimately benefit you and your company.

In our experience, the value of certification extends to a broad range of individual backgrounds, employers, and fields of work. Click here if you would like to see a presentation on ABCEP and the benefits of certification.

The need for environmental professionals to demonstrate our credentials is growing throughout the country and abroad. Many of the current credential programs do not adequately cover the fields that many of us work in today. After 10 years of working in the environmental business, an engineer who has a PE in civil engineering, a planner who has a planning certificate, and a biologist who has a BS in science all may end up as managers of environmental disciplines that are outside their previous educational training or not covered by their previous certifications.

How is the citizen or the employer able to establish the validity of this experience?

The CEP designation provides a nationally-recognized means of providing this verification and applies to individuals who are working in the environmental field in a wide range of disciplines. Furthermore, the CEP covers many job categories today that are not recognized by the traditional registrations.

The value of the CEP in this regard is increasing daily as the public and private sectors find a need for individuals who have more cross-disciplinary expertise. For example, under the quality based selection process that is used to hire professional firms, most state and federal agencies request companies who propose on projects to identify the certifications that their key staff hold.

The CEP is for those professionals who have at least 9 years of experience in the environmental field, and who want to demonstrate the value of this experience in a tangible way. In the private sector, numerous organizations provide recognition in the form of raises or bonuses to those who have a CEP.

While the CEP is not for everyone, it is well-suited for those who have chosen as their career path to be an environmental professional and who wish to promote the value of this experience to their peers and clients.

ABCEP is a member of the Council of Scientific & Engineering Specialty Boards (CESB), an umbrella organization for national and international certification organizations, and our CEP credential has been accredited by the CESB.

Benefits of Membership

Electronic newsletter.

Access to CEP website.

Access to CEP Board Meetings.

Notices of CEP Member Meetings.

Notification to existing and potential employers that the CEP is recognized by the environmental profession.

Better understanding of the environmental profession.

Professional Networking and Contacts.

Enhanced personal qualifications on proposals submitted to clients.

Enhanced opportunities to participate on ABCEP committees and at ABCEP events.

Authorization by ABCEP to put CEP on business cards, resumes, and signature title.

Increased salary for organizations that reward staff with professional certifications.

Increased potential for career advancement.