CIEH Level 2 Award in Environmental Principles and Best Practice

Please note: this qualification will be withdrawn on 31 January 2017.

More information can be found on the Voluntary Surrender of Recognition page.


This qualification has been created to provide an awareness of key environmental concepts and an introduction to environmental management systems.

Who needs this qualification?

All members of staff whose activities could have a significant impact on the environment or supervisors or managers who are being introduced to environmental issues for the first time.

Why is this training important?

Environmental issues impact on every organisation. The rising costs of energy and raw materials, growing awareness of stakeholders and increasing environmental legislation are forcing organisations to address their own environmental performance.

Many organisations have identified that tackling environmental issues can bring benefits to their business including reduced waste and utility costs, reduced liabilities and access to new markets and investors.

Learning outcomes

  Identify primary local and global environmental impacts of their organisation
  Understand key terms and definitions of pollution
  Learn basic principles, key concepts and importance of environmental law
  Identify the link between their jobs and a range of environmental impacts
  Understand business benefits of adopting an environmental management system
  Identify key issues related to energy use and carbon management, waste minimisation, water use, pollution and emergency planning

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  Qualification Specification  


Duration  Duration  One-day programme
Assessment  Assessment  Practical assessment plus multiple-choice exam
Prerequisite  Prerequisite   Level 1 in literacy, or equivalent, recommended
Suggested Progression  Suggested Progression  CIEH Level 3 Award in Environmental Management 

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