Launch of the world’s first ISO accredited greenhouse gas professional certification

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) are announcing a groundbreaking global personnel  certification program for “carbon management” professionals. The Environmental Professional Certification on Greenhouse Gases - EP(GHG) - is the world’s first and only professional greenhouse gas-related certification accredited to ISO 17024.

ISO 17024, an international accreditation standard for bodies operating personnel certification schemes, defines criteria that a professional certification program must meet to assure quality and objectivity. As the first and only ISO 17024 accredited program for greenhouse gas professionals, the EP(GHG) certification stands as a uniquely robust, globally recognized credential.

With pressure to meet strict standards and regulations, companies and governments continue to increase the demand for experts highly qualified in measuring and managing greenhouse gas emissions and removals. In a recent global survey, undertaken by the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, eighty per cent of employers polled stated they would be more inclined to hire certified professionals over non-certified GHG practitioners.

The EP(GHG) is open to all qualified professionals working on the quantification and/or verification of GHGs arising from national activities, from activities of organizations, entities, facilities or emissions reduction projects.

“Greenhouse gas measurement, reporting, and verification underpin all international efforts to address climate change. It is our vision to ensure that there is an adequate supply of certified professionals to meet the growing needs of the global GHG measurement and management climate policies/programs. The EP(GHG) will provide certainty to the global community that quantification and verification of GHGs can be undertaken at the highest possible professional standard,” says Grant Trump, CEO of ECO Canada.

“The world desperate needs for the field of GHG management to mature. To implement the type of climate change policies necessary to fully address the problem, a process of professionalization must be initiated quickly, globally, and at all levels, from intergovernmental to corporate. Our future relies on building and maintaining the confidence of the public and decision makers that climate change policies can work. A globally uniform and ISO accredited professional certification is a fundamental institutional building block of a low carbon future,” stated Michael Gillenwater, Executive Director and Dean of the GHG Management Institute.

To help build a new and growing generation of GHG professionals, the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Environmental Careers Organization Canada partnership is also launching the Environmental Professional in Training title – EPt(GHG). The EPt(GHG) distinction will be available to emerging professionals who have satisfied EP(GHG) post-secondary education requirements but have not yet completed the extensive work experience and/or GHG training  necessary to achieve the EP(GHG) certification. Both the EP(GHG) and EPt(GHG) titles are available worldwide.

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