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IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management


The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management course has been developed to provide learners with a foundation of environmental and sustainability knowledge to build upon.

The wide range of environmental, sustainability and governance principles covered ensures that learners appreciate and understand the breadth of the sustainability agenda, and the focus on specific management tools and skills provides learners with an introduction to practical application that they will need when working within this arena.

Successful completion of the course and of the assessment enables Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). IEMA is the membership body for more than 15,000 environment and sustainability professionals worldwide.

After completing this course, you will be expected to commit 12 days over a 12-month period to being involved in supporting the delivery of Queen Mary's environmental sustainability objectives. 

This certified continue professional development (CPD) course will be delivered by the Head of Sustainability. 

Course Tutor

Dr Philip Tamuno

Course Duration

This course requires 40 guided learning hours, split across 5 days. 

Who is this Course For?

This course is ideally suited for those working in any staff or PhD researcher role. There are no formal entry requirements. 

Materials and Certification

A full range of training materials are available for this course.

This qualification comes with structured learner workbooks, a trainer manual and an online assessment coordinated by IEMA.

This course is an IEMA Certified course and certificates are provided by IEMA (including Queen Mary's logo) to learners who have successfully completed the course. 


The course is assessed via a 1 hour open-book online multiple-choice exam completed via the IEMA assessment portal. 

Candidates for whom English is a second language are advised that their reading and writing skills should be equivalent to at least Level 6 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test for Non-Native Speakers of English.

Learnings and Outcomes

The three main areas covered by this course are:

1. Core Knowledge (Fundamentals of Sustainability and Fundamental Business and Governance Principles and Issues)

2. Technical Knowledge (Fundamental Environmental Issues and Principles; Policy, Regulation and Legislation; Management and Assessment Tools; Innovative and Leading Practices)

3. Knowledge of skills (Analytical Thinking; Problem Reframing and Resolution; Effective Communication; Relationship Development; Resilience, Risk and Continual Improvement; Delivering Sustainable Solutions; Leadership for Change)

Booking Information

If you are interested in participating in this course you must have successfully completed the IEMA Environmental Sustainability Skills for the Workforce course. 

4 November 2022 (Session1/5)

7 November 2022 (Session 2/5)

11 November 2022 (Session 3/5)

14 November 2022 (Session 4/5)

18 November 2022 (Session 5/5)

Please register via the CPD Booking System Course Code EAF002

Please if you have any questions.
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