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The Assessment of Professional Development has now been replaced the more straightforward Chartered Status Assessment "points system". The cost of the new scheme is also significantly cheaper than APD.

Whilst members are still able to take APD, we would strongly suggest that they consider the new assessment before embarking upon it.

More information about the Chartered Status Assessment is available here.

Q1: How do I find out more about APD?

A: All the information you need is available on this website. The applicants’ Guidance Manual is provided to assist you. You may also wish to refer to the APD Regulations. The application form can be downloaded.

Q2: If I have passed APC already, how do I get Chartered status?

A: You will need to make an application for Chartered status based on your APC certificate.

Q3: What is the main difference between APC and APD?

A: APC was assessed at the level of an environmental health practitioner with two years of experience. APD requires the applicant to demonstrate skills and attributes at the level of five years of experience. However, an application can be made for APD at any time after qualification, whenever you feel able to demonstrate the skills and attributes, as the gateway to Chartered status. More information (PDF).

Q4: If I am successful at APD, do I automatically become Chartered?

A: No, you have to apply for Chartered status but can do so immediately after you have successfully completed APD Parts 1 and 2. Alternatively, you can choose to reserve the right to apply for Chartered status at a future date.

Q5: Do I have to do both parts of APD in a certain time?

A: No, you can decide when you wish to apply for each part.

Q6: Is there any reason to do Part 1 and not Part 2?

A: Graduate members who are successful at Part 1 are able to move to Voting membership.

Q7: How are the fees set for APD?

A: The fees are set to cover the CIEH’s costs of dealing with applications.

Q8: Will I be assessed by someone who knows me?

A: You will not be assessed by someone who knows you to the extent that they could have formed a view as to your professional development.

Q9: Will I have the same assessors for both parts?

A: This is unlikely because there is a pool of assessors and they work in different pairings over time. Additionally, as there is no Part 1 interview, you will not meet the assessors until the Part 2 interview. The Part 2 assessors will not be provided with any information on your Part 1 application or assessment.

Q10: What makes a good case study?

A: You should aim to pick a case study which is a good vehicle for demonstrating all the skills. If you are not satisfied that your case study gives you sufficient opportunity to do this, you have the option of submitting one or two supplementary case studies. One case study should be based on an investigation.

Q11: What should I put in a portfolio?

A: The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate the five attributes. It is not about knowledge, or the skills assessed in Part 1. It is your choice as to how you prepare the portfolio and use it to support your presentation. However, it should focus on the attributes and be prepared with this in mind. It should not simply be a chronology of your career to date, as this is unlikely to be a good vehicle for demonstrating the attributes.

Q12: What if I have practical difficulties in attending the Part 2 assessment?

A: You should raise these with the moderator, who will aim to assist you as far as possible on the day.

Q13: What should I do if I have special needs?

A: If you are registered as a disabled person or have special needs, please provide information at the time of application so that we can assist you.

Q14: Once I have been awarded Chartered status, are there any other requirements?

A: Holders of Chartered status have to demonstrate 30 hours of CPD per year (pro rata for the year in which you gain Chartered status) and are required to make an annual declaration.

Q15: How do I become an APD assessor?

A: See the APD assessor information section to find out more about becoming an assessor. If you have Chartered status and want to register your interest in being an assessor, fill the contact form.