CEPCERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
The Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) administers the Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) Program which prepares those pursuing advancement in the environmental profession. Those individuals awarded the Certified Environmental Professional credential or Certified Environmental Professional by Emeritus may use the designation "CEP" after their name.CERTIFICATION APPLICATION PROCESS
The Applicant must possess a Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of nine years of applicable professional environmental experience. Five of the nine years must be in a position of responsible charge and/or responsible supervision. Responsible charge is defined as: the direction of environmental work by an environmental professional (you) to the extent that successful completion of the work is dependent on your decisions made without advice or approval of others. Responsible supervision is defined as: the supervision of another professional person's work by an environmental professional (you) to the extent that you assume the professional responsibility for the work. A Master's Degree may be substituted for one year of the nine years of professional experience and a Doctorate may be substituted for two of the nine years of professional experience. However, no such substitution will apply to the requirement for the five years in responsible charge and/or responsible supervision. Degrees claimed must be from a fully accredited college or university (certified transcripts are required).STEP 1
Click on the Apply Now button; select New Application and complete all of the Basic Information.STEP 2
Send in your non-refundable $200 application fee. You may send a check or you may pay on-line. If you pay on-line select the PayNow button on the payment page and use either your paypal account or your credit card. Once your application fee has been paid and processed by the Executive Administrator you will be notified by e-mail that you may proceed with the on-line application.STEP 3
Login on-line and proceed with your application. When you have finished your application, essays and uploaded them along with your signed ethics agreement you will have completed your application and may submit the application to the Executive Administrator.STEP 4
Proceed to the References tab and click the Add a Reference Button in the Current Reference Status Box. Enter the reference information for each of your professional colleagues in the Edit Reference box; when done click Save. Click the Send Reference Upload Email button. Follow-up with your references regularly. Some applicants prefer to use e-mail to request letters of recommendation from their professional colleagues. If you would rather send your professional colleagues a reference request letter via e-mail yourself; Click below at Sample > Reference Request Letter for a sample that you can print/e-mail.STEP 5
Once the Executive Administrator receives the transcripts, letters of recommendation and other application materials your application will be verified and forwarded for review by the Certification Review Board. In order to be verified complete; all information in your application must be complete and all transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by ABCEP. You are responsible for getting the transcripts and letters of recommendation information to ABCEP within one year of the application fee payment. You are responsible for getting that information to ABCEP within one year of the application fee payment.STEP 6
ABCEP notifies each applicant of their certification review status. Upon notification of certification and your $200.00 certification fee has been paid; your certificate of professional certification will be processed by the Executive Administrator. APPLICATION RESOURCES
Sample >Reference Request LetterReference >Body of KnowledgeAPPLY NOW
Please CONTACT ABCEP if you have any questions regarding the CEP Program or if you would like to have a mentor assigned to help you through the application process.
You are responsible for uploading your transcripts, requesting referees to submit letters of recommendation and other application materials to ABCEP within one year of the application fee payment. Your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the other application materials will be verified as received by ABCEP. Some applicants use e-mail to request letters of recommendation from their professional colleagues. ABCEP's MENTOR PROGRAM
The mentoring program provides candidates for the CEP a mentor so they have support and a point of contact during their application process. The mentor's role is to be there for these individuals and to answer questions so that they do not lose interest in pursuing the CEP. The mentoring program also provides the candidate with support for keeping the process moving along. Mentoring begins with the assignment of a mentor to each candidate. when making assignments there is an attempt to match mentor and candidate geographically. Mentors contact the candidates, let them know who they are and why they called. The mentor makes periodic contacts to see how the candidate is progressing on completing the application and to see if there are any questions.
Who are the mentors ? The ABCEP Board of Trustees feels that service to the ABCEP organization goes hand-in-hand with the designation of CEP. Therefore volunteers are sought from amongst CEP's who are not currently serving on either the BOT or the CRB. Additional details about the CEP can be found here.