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Qualifying as an Environmental Health Practitioner

We are the professional body for fully qualified Environmental Health Practitioners committed to the highest standards of professional practice.

Environmental health encompasses all of the external factors that affect human health and wellbeing. This ranges from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, to the wider impact of human-made hazards on the world around us.

Poor health often results from poor environments, and by helping to improve the conditions in which we live and work, Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) make a huge difference to the public's health and wellbeing.

EHPs can be found in every community, working hard every day to keep us healthy and safe and to reduce health inequalities. Depending on their role, EHPs may be generalists, working across all areas of environmental health, or specialists with particular areas of expertise.

Registered EHPs are accredited by CIEH and have passed a rigorous assessment of their skills and competence. In addition to being listed on a formal register, they can also use a digital credential to formally demonstrate and verify their professional status.

To become a Registered EHP you will need to complete:

If you hold an accredited BSc and MSc, you are in the final year of a BSc EHP apprenticeship or you are in the 'year out' of an accredited BSc (sandwich course), you will be able to register.

  • The EHP Portfolio is your opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained on your accredited course in practice in a workplace setting.
  • The Portfolio consists of interventions in each area of environmental health.
  • While completing your portfolio you will need to be supported by a workplace supervisor assigned by your employer.
  • A minimum of 6 months must be spent working on your portfolio. The 6 month time period begins at the point of enrolment, even if you are using historic evidence.
  • The Portfolio will be signed off by your employer and then submitted to CIEH for assessment.

It takes about 6 weeks for this assessment to be completed. When you receive a satisfactory result for your portfolio you will be able to apply for your Professional Discussion.

The registration fee for the Portfolio is £649 during 2023. This also includes the cost of the Professional Discussion and certification.

The Professional Discussion (PD) is the final gateway assessment to Registration as an EHP.

It is a face-to-face conversation (usually conducted by video conference) about some fictional environmental health scenarios and related issues.

Successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Registration, be added to our Register of EHPs and will be able to use digital credentials to verify their status.

The EHP Portfolio has been designed to align with the Food Standard Agency's Competency Framework.

Further information:

Professional Discussion dates Deadline for applying for Professional Discussion
Spring: 21 - 23 February 2023 17 January 2023
Summer: 4 - 6 July 2023 30 May 2023
Autumn: 14 - 16 November 2023 10 October 2023

For more detailed information about becoming a Registered EHP and the EHP Portfolio, please see our FAQs.

Further information about the different pathways to Registration and the requirements for each can be found in our Pathways to Registration diagram.

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