Professional examinations

If you wish to gain the Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) you will need to complete a Learning Portfolio and the CIEH Professional Examinations. Please note that this route to qualification will cease in 2020. Alternatively, you may wish to consider enrolling on our new chartered programme for Registration as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. There is more information about these changes here.

The Written Exam is scheduled to take place at the CIEH offices on 26 October 2020.  The deadline for applications for the exam is 17.00, Monday 14 September 2020.  We will be following Government advice to ensure the safety of staff and participants. Please be advised that arrangements may be subject to change due to the current pandemic.

The examinations comprise of:

  • Written Examination
  • Professional Interview

A substantial Written Examination

The written exam is open book format and intervention based, covering at least two different environmental health intervention groups, i.e. Food, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, Housing and Public Health. The exam is in two parts:

  1. This is the reading and preparation phase. This is the time for you to study the case file and any other appropriate materials and to make any notes that you feel will assist you in the afternoon session of the exam.
  2. This is the actual examination phase. At the start of this phase, you will be provided with the tasks you will be required to complete.

Professional Interview

The interview will be based on a fictitious scenario where you will be cast in a role as a newly qualified environmental health professional. This need not necessarily be in the role of a local authority officer. It may be as a consultant, or as an advisor to a large commercial chain, or as someone working for the NHS etc.

Guidance and documents

Candidates are required to register with the EHRB at least 21 days prior to making an application for any assessment. We are now only accepting these registrations at our discretion. Please contact us at as soon as possible to discuss this.

Additional guidance documents are available for CIEH members on MyCIEH.

Final assessment dates


Please refer to the application form for interview booking procedure.

Written Exams:

Deadline for applications: 14 September 2020
Written exam: 26 October 2020 | Venue: London

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