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Certification Qualification Criteria​

BEAC® offers the Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA®) certification in the following specialty programs:

BEAC offers the Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA™) designation.

FAQ
  •   What if I am denied certification?

    The applicant will have 90 days after application to submit the preliminary documentation and obtain approval of the application. An applicant has up to four years from the date the initial application is approved to pass the written examination. Should an applicant be denied certification, the applicant may submit an appeal for review as follows:

    • Any applicant denied certification may challenge the denial by filing a written notice of appeal with Certification staff within thirty days after receipt of the denial notice.
    • Certification staff must act on appeals within thirty days. Written notice of their actions must be sent to appellant.
    • Any applicant whose appeal is rejected by the Certification staff may file a second notice of appeal with the BEAC Board of Directors. The notice of appeal must be submitted, in writing, within ten days after receipt of notice of the denial of the initial appeal by the Certification staff.
    • The BEAC Board must act on the appeal within thirty days. Written notice of the decision must be provided to the appellant.
    • For all appeals, appellants must provide detailed explanations as to the basis for the appeal.
    • All appeals must be directed to the Certification staff.
  •   Certification Exam Exemption and Retake Policy

    Most of the BEAC certification examinations are set on a three-part module basis: Part I (multiple choice); Part II (multiple choice and/or short answer); Part III (essay). An applicant who passes Part I of their initial certification exam may be exempt from taking Part I of any subsequent certification exam they apply for within five years.

    An applicant who does not pass their initial certification exam (an average total score of 70% or better) may carry forward, up to five years, the score of the module/s of the exam that they do pass and only retake that module/s of the exam that they did not pass.

    Those holding the following certifications are exempt from Part I of any of the BEAC exams: CIA®, CPA®.

    Those holding the following certifications are exempt from Part II of the BEAC Health & Safety exam: CSP, CIH, CRSP.

    Those holding the following certification are exempt from Part III of the BEAC Environmental Compliance exam: CHMM.

    Certification Examinations

    • Part I is the same for all exams, consisting of 131 multiple choice questions focused on Audit Principles, Standards, and methodology.
    • Part II is different for each exam, and can include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions focused on the specialty’s technical subject matter (legislation and regulations).
    • Part III consists of essay questions, different for each exam specialty. There is no essay requirement for the CPSA exam.
  •   What is the pass rate for the BEAC exams?

    ​Exam Pass Rate Percentages (as of 10/31/13)

    Based on # parts taken​ ​ ​ ​ ​Applicants passed**
    ​Exam Type ​Part I* ​Part II* ​Part III*
    ​Environmental Compliance ​92.9% ​66.3% ​64.0% ​87.4%
    ​Health & Safety ​90.8% ​40.0% ​47.7% ​76.1%
    ​Management System ​93.1% ​74.4% ​55.6% ​88.9%
    ​Responsible Care® ​71.1% ​47.1% ​71.4% ​75.3%
    ​Process Safety (still in BETA review)
    • Part I is the same for all exams, consisting of 131 multiple choice questions focused on Audit Principles, Standards, and methodology.
    • Part II is different for each exam, and can include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions focused on the specialty’s technical subject matter (legislation and regulations).
    • Part III consists of essay questions, different for each exam specialty.
    • *Pass rates by exam part is based on the total number of times the part was taken; some applicants take the part more than once.

      **Overall pass rate is based on number of applicants who passed the exam; some applicants take the exam more than once in order to pass.

Management System (MS) Qualification Criteria

Identification: A copy of a government-issued photo ID

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 as outlined in the Definition of Relevant Experience and Training Elements shown below and may be internal or external to the applicant's organization.

Character Reference: Applicants must submit 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 EMS and/or auditing.

Certification Examination: Applicants must successfully complete BEAC's six-hour Management System examination.

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.

Environmental Compliance Qualification Criteria

Identification: A copy of a government-issued photo ID

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.

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 environmental compliance and/or auditing.

Certification Examination: Applicants must successfully complete BEAC's six-hour Environmental Compliance examination. Applicants having certain other certifications (CIA®, CPA, CHMM, etc.) may be exempted from certain portions of the exam.

Definition 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 Qualification Criteria

Identification: A copy of a government-issued photo ID

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.

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 health and safety compliance and auditing.

Examination: Applicants must successfully complete BEAC's six-hour Health & Safety examination. Candidates having either a CIH or CSP designation may be exempted from certain portions of the exam.

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.

Responsible Care® Qualification Criteria

Identification: A copy of a government-issued photo ID

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."

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.

Examination: Applicants must successfully complete BEAC's six-hour Responsible Care examination.

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).

Process Safety Auditor Qualification Criteria

Identification: A copy of a government-issued photo ID

Education and Professional Experience:

General Work Experience – The applicant will be required to have at least 15 years’ experience with a secondary school diploma, OR at least 10 years’ experience with an Associate’s degree, OR at least 7 years’ experience with a Bachelor’s degree.

Process Safety Experience - Verifiable experience gained during the last 10 years in at least two of the areas described below:

  • Implementation of Process Safety programs
  • Process Hazard Analysis
  • Management of Change
  • Pre start-up safety reviews
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • Process Safety Information
  • Product Stewardship, Transportation or Distribution of hazardous products
  • Requirements of Process Safety laws, regulations and related documents
  • Process Safety Management systems and standards
  • Process Safety auditing procedures, processes and auditing techniques

Audit Experience:Applicant shall provide evidence of audit experience within the previous five years, consisting of either a minimum of 20 comprehensive process safety audits, OR have audited for a minimum of 100 days, including at least 20 days on site.

Process Safety Training: Applicant shall provide evidence of at least 40 hours training in the past three years. At least 32 hours of training should be specific to process safety, and the remaining eight hours should be relevant to auditing, health and safety, or management systems.

Character Reference: Applicants must provide two peer references, from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge of process safety and auditing concepts.

Examination: Applicants must successfully pass the BEAC five-hour exam.

Definition of Relevant Process Safety Experience and Training Elements

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

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