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CPEA

​CPEA Eligibility Requirements

CPEABEAC issues the Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA®) designation. The CPEA credential demonstrates one’s understanding of today’s ever changing environmental, health & safety regulations. The CPEA designation is fully accredited by the Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). BEAC CPEAs qualify for Professional Membership status with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Confidentiality

BEAC certification exams are non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorized disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates may apply into the program by completing and submitting, at a minimum, the Certification Application, two Character Reference forms, Education documents, and accepted Photo ID. Candidates do not have to submit the Audit Experience and Audit Training forms at the time of application, however, candidates must complete all eligibility requirements and submit documentation within the four year program window in order to receive certification.

All CPEA certification candidates must hold a 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher) or its educational equivalent, have a minimum of 4 years of general work experience, and meet the eligibility requirements based on their certification specialty as listed below.

Requirements
  •   Eligibility Period

    ​Effective November 2010, the certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within four years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within four years, all fees and completed exam parts will be forfeited.

  •   Proof of Identification

    ​Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s current official driver’s license, passport or national identity card with indicated current status; expired documents will not be accepted official passport or national identity card. All documents must be scanned and uploaded through the Document Upload Portal in a manner that ensures the photo is clearly legible.

  •   Character References

    ​Applicants must provide two character references, from a responsible person such as a supervisor or a manager. Individuals providing references must have known the applicant for a minimum of two years and have knowledge of the applicant's experience and skills relative to auditing.

Click on the PDFs below to access the required forms:

Confidential Character Reference Form
Statement of Audit Experience Form
Statement of Formal Training Form
Statement of Work Experience Form

The CPEA has four specialties:

​Environmental Compliance

Includes identifying environmental aspects and impacts, assessing compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and/or applying professional environmental compliance auditing practices.

Requirements
  •   Education

    ​Bachelor’s degree or higher.

  •   Professional Experience

    ​Applicants for certification must have four years of relevant work experience as defined below.

  •   Audit Experience

    ​Applicants must perform a minimum of 20 environmental compliance audits for a minimum of 100 days within the four years prior to certification. Of the 100 days, a minimum of 20 days must be conducted on site.

  •   Auditor Training

    ​Formal training as an attendee or provider is required within the three years prior to certification. This training shall consist of 40 hours of formal training as outlined in the Definition of Relevant Experience and Training Elements outlined below and may be internal or external to the applicant's organization.

  •   Definitions of Relevant Environmental Compliance Experience and Training Elements

    ​Relevant experience and training must include identifying environmental aspects and impacts, assessing compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and/or applying professional environmental compliance auditing practices. It may include any combination of: environmental science and technology; environmental management and technical aspects of business activities including facility operations; requirements of environmental laws, regulations, and related documents at the national and local jurisdictional levels; evaluation, implementation, and management of environmental compliance; environmental standards against which management systems and compliance audits may be conducted; management systems and compliance audits procedures, processes, and techniques; and principles of environmental compliance and compliance implementation.

​Health & Safety

Includes identifying health and safety aspects and impacts, assessing compliance with safety-related laws and regulations, and/or applying professional health & safety auditing practices.

Requirements
  •   Education

    ​Bachelor’s degree or higher.

  •   Professional Experience

    ​Applicants for certification must have four years of relevant work experience as defined below.

  •   Audit Experience

    ​Applicants must perform a minimum of 20 health and safety audits for a minimum of 100 days within the four years prior to certification. Of the 100 days, a minimum of 20 days must be conducted on site.

  •   Auditor Training

    ​Formal training as an attendee or provider is required within the three years prior to certification. This training shall consist of 40 hours of formal training in relevant experience elements identified below.

  •   Definition of Relevant Health & Safety Experience and Training Elements

    ​Relevant experience and training must include identifying health and safety aspects and impacts, assessing compliance with safety-related laws and regulations, and/or applying professional health & safety auditing practices. It may include any combination of: safety engineering; industrial hygiene; health and safety management and technical aspects of business activities including facility operations; requirements of OSHA laws, regulations, and related documents at the national and local jurisdictional levels; evaluation, implementation, and management of health and safety compliance; health and safety standards against which management systems and compliance audits may be conducted; management systems and compliance audits procedures, processes, and techniques; and principles of health and safety compliance and compliance implementation.

​Management Systems

Includes skills and understanding in any combination of EHS science and technology; EHS management and technical aspects of business activities including facility operations; requirements of EHS laws, regulations, and related documents at the national and local jurisdictional levels; evaluation, implementation, and management of EHS compliance; EHS standards against which management systems and compliance audits may be conducted; management systems and compliance audits procedures, processes, and techniques; and principles of EHS compliance and compliance implementation.

Requirements
  •   Education

    ​Bachelor’s degree or higher.

  •   Professional Experience

    ​Applicants for certification must have four years of relevant work experience as defined below.

  •   Audit Experience

    ​Applicants must perform a minimum of 20 MS audits for a minimum of 100 days within the four years prior to certification. Of the 100 days, a minimum of 20 days must be conducted on site.

  •   Auditor Training

    ​Formal training as an attendee or provider is required within the three years prior to certification. This training shall consist of 40 hours of formal training outlined in the Definition of Relevant Experience and Training Elements shown below, and may be internal or external to the applicant's organization.

  •   Definition of Relevant Management Systems Experience and Training Elements

    ​Relevant experience and training for the Management System Certification must include any combination of: environmental, health & safety (EHS) science and technology; EHS management and technical aspects of business activities including facility operations; requirements of EHS laws, regulations, and related documents at the national and local jurisdictional levels; evaluation, implementation, and management of EHS compliance; EHS standards against which management systems and compliance audits may be conducted; management systems and compliance audits procedures, processes, and techniques; and principles of EHS compliance and compliance implementation.

​Responsible Care®

Includes skills and understanding in one or more of the following areas: implementation of Responsible Care programs; the chemical process industry; product stewardship, transportation or distribution of chemical products; requirements of EHS laws, regulations and related documents; and EHS/Responsible Care management systems and standards or related auditing procedures, processes and auditing techniques.

Requirements
  •   Education

    ​Bachelor’s degree or higher.

  •   Professional Experience

    ​Applicant is required to have a minimum of four years’ relevant work experience, gained during the last ten years. Clear evidence of work experience in the chemical industry or EHS fields that provides an understanding of these issues shall be required. Relevant work experience shall be considered verifiable experience and shall be defined as experience that develops skills and understanding in at least two of the areas described below.

  •   Audit Experience

    ​Applicants must have performed at least four EMS-related audits consisting of at least 20 total days within the two years prior to certification.

  •   Auditor Training

    ​Formal training as an attendee or provider is required within the three years prior to certification. This training shall consist of 40 hours of formal training in relevant experience elements identified below. As part of this training, the applicant must successfully complete an ACC qualified Responsible Care course in accordance with "Responsible Care Auditor Course Requirements."

  •   Definition of Relevant Responsible Care Experience and Training Elements

    ​Relevant experience and training must include verifiable experience gained during the last ten years and shall be defined as experience that develops skills and understanding in at least two of the following areas: implementation of Responsible Care programs; EHS science and technology; work experience gained by actual hands-on roles in the chemical process industry and/or EHS services; product stewardship, transportation or distribution of chemical products; requirements of EHS laws, regulations and related documents; and EHS/Responsible Care management systems and standards or related auditing procedures, processes and auditing techniques. Auditor training must include 40 hours in the last three years and successful completion of an ACC qualified Responsible Care course in accordance with "Responsible Care Auditor Course Requirements" (RCMS206.00).

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