Preparing for the future - changes to Chartered Status and Registration FAQs

 

What is happening? 

CIEH and the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) have agreed significant changes to the way that qualification as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) will be recognised in future:

EHRB registration will be replaced by an enhanced CIEH Register of Chartered Environmental Health Practitioners.

The current registration route will be replaced by a new Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner programme.

When is this happening? 

The new Chartered Practitioner Programme will launch in September 2018.

CIEH and EHRB will work together for a two-year period during which both programmes will run in tandem. This transition will end in June 2020.

Why is this happening? 

The environmental and public health sector is changing and, in response, CIEH is going through a transformation to ensure that it recognises professionalism. We know that many highly-experienced individuals working within environmental health are not currently recognised by CIEH, nor are those from non-traditional routes. For the profession to be sustainable, the way in which practitioners are recognised and assessed must evolve.

We have been working on a range of new developments which support professionalism and the development of competence. The aim is to define and then assess professional competence in environmental health. The first was our set of Professional Standards, released last year, and more recently the new professional membership pathway which recognises the various ways practitioners may become members.

Please take a look below at the information below if you have any further questions:

▼ Existing holders of EHRB Certificate of Registration (CoR) 

I already hold the EHRB Certificate of Registration, what will these changes mean for me? 

Your details will remain on the Register and will be held by CIEH. Your registration status remains unchanged.

You may wish to consider applying for Chartered Status as a demonstration of your continuing professional development.

 
▼ Existing EHPs 

I already hold Chartered Status, what will the changes mean for me? Do I have to reapply? 

You will retain your Chartered Status. CIEH is in the process of reviewing how Chartered Status is maintained in future, this will involve a timely re-validation assessment in order for CIEH to continue to recognise professional practice at the Chartered Practitioner standard.

I was considering applying for Chartered Status, what should I do? 

If you can meet the requirements we would recommend that you apply for Chartered Status before 1 September 2018.

Does my EHRB Registration mean that I will now be considered Chartered? 

No, you will need to apply for Chartered Status under the current arrangements or enrol on the Chartered Practitioner Programme.

 
▼ Students 

I have just started an accredited degree, what does this mean for me? 

Continue with your degree, then consider joining the Chartered Practitioner Programme.

I have completed part of an accredited degree, what does this mean for me? 

Continue with your degree. Once completed you can consider either joining the Chartered Practitioner Programme or pursuing the EHRB CoR if you are confident that you can complete all the elements before June 2020.

I have completed my accredited degree (but not my Portfolio of Professional Practice) what does this mean for me? 

Consider joining the Chartered Practitioner Programme or pursue the EHRB CoR if you are confident that you can complete all the elements before June 2020.

I have completed my PPP and professional exam but not my interview, what does this mean for me? 

We would recommend that you sit your interview and gain your EHRB CoR.

I am mid-way through my PPP, what does this mean for me? 

You can choose to complete your PPP, and the professional interview, before June 2020 and gain the EHRB CoR.

I am about to commence my PPP, what does this mean for me? 

You can choose to undertake your PPP, professional interview and professional exam, if appropriate, before June 2020 and gain the EHRB CoR.

I am enrolled on an accredited degree course which will finish after June 2020. What should I do? 

We would recommend that you continue with your degree and then enrol on the Chartered Practitioner Programme.

What will happen to the EHRB registration fees people have paid? Can I get a refund? 

The EHRB CoR comes to an end in June 2020. This should be enough time for you to complete all the aspects if you wish to pursue this route. Alternatively, any unused EHRB registration fees can be credited against the new Chartered Practitioner Programme. For this reason no refunds will be issued.

If I’m pursuing the EHRB CoR route, but don’t complete it in time, can I transfer the work I’ve undertaken to the Chartered Practitioner Programme? Will the assessments I have already passed count towards my Chartered Practitioner Programme? 

Yes, we will be providing the facility to recognise prior learning with an Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) scheme. Guidance will be available shortly.

What can you tell me about the new Chartered Practitioner Programme? 

The programme is a two year, practice-based route to Chartered Status. It is closely associated with CIEH’s Professional Standards and competency framework. Individuals will be assessed for their knowledge, application and professionalism.

More information about the programme will appear in Environmental Health News and on the CIEH website in the near future.

If I wait until the Chartered Practitioner Programme do I have to do a PPP or interview to become registered? 

There is no requirement to pass the PPP or the existing professional interview in order to enrol on the Chartered Practitioner Programme. From September, you will be able to choose whether you pursue the EHRB CoR (as long as you complete all the elements before June 2020) or become a Registered Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. Or you can do both.

 
▼ EHRB technical qualifications 

I hold an EHRB technical qualification (i.e. the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection, Higher Certificate in Food Control, etc). How will these changes affect me? 

Your qualification will continue to be valid. CIEH will continue to hold the ledgers of technical qualifications.

I am working towards an EHRB technical qualification (i.e. the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection, Higher Certificate in Food Control, etc). How will these changes affect me? 

You should continue to work towards your qualification. CIEH will continue to administer the Higher Certificate of Food Premises Inspection and Higher Certificate of Food Control and any replacement.

 
▼ Employers 

The EHRB CoR is referred to in our internal documents, including pay grades and job descriptions. Should we change these references to say Chartered Practitioner now? 

The EHRB CoR will continue to be issued until June 2020. Any and all EHRB CoRs issued up until that date will remain valid thereafter.

We would suggest that, from September 2018, you consider including “EHRB Certificate of Registration or a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner” in your documents. Where you specifically require or wish to acknowledge a practitioner who meets the Food Law Code of Practice you should state this.

The EHRB Certificate of Registration is included in the Food Law Code of Practice as an equivalent baseline qualification for official controls. How will the changes affect this? 

We are working closely with the Food Standards Agency to ensure there continues to be a purposeful assessment of competence in order to carry out food inspections.

In the meantime the existing arrangements will continue.

 
▼ EHPs who qualified via a non-CIEH route 

I am an overseas qualified EHP and am considering moving to the UK to work, how will these changes affect me? 

CIEH will continue to assess overseas qualified EHPs for equivalence.

In the longer term we intend to roll out the Chartered Practitioner Programme internationally through a network of accredited universities.

You are welcome to contact us here to discuss your existing qualifications and experience.

I am an EHP who qualified in Scotland, how will these changes affect me? 

Your qualifications will continue to entitle you to work as an EHP throughout the UK. You would be welcome to enrol on the Chartered Practitioner Programme.  

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