Before you consider applying for certification via one of the conventional or alternative pathways, please be certain you meet the educational and/or experience requirements outlined on the program requirements page.

A)  For Those Taking One of the Conventional Pathways to Professional Certification:

After you confirm that you meet the educational and/or experience requirements, to apply for certification via one of the conventional Professional Certification pathways, you must FIRST complete the NEFS on-site course or E-Course (with the option of earning Certification) that corresponds to the certificate for which you are applying.  You will be e-mailed an examination package within 14 days of completing the course.  You will have 20 calendar days to complete and return the exam package for grading.  To pass the exams, you must attain a grade of 70% or better on each of the exams in the exam package.   

AFTER you have completed the on-site course or E-Course and passed the required practical exams, the next step is to complete the Certification Application Form and submit this form along with the following documentation required for the certification for which you are applying:

1a)  A notarized copy of your undergraduate or graduate university or college diploma in an environmental field (or an official copy of your transcripts); OR

1b) A notarized copy of your undergraduate, graduate or associate university or college diploma in a non-environmental field (or an official copy of your transcripts from each educational institution you attended), or a notarized copy of your high school diploma, AND a notarized statement from your current (or a past) employer (or employers) documenting 4 or more years of relevant experience in one or more job positions in an environmental field and describing that experience in detail;

2) A copy of the course completion certificate from the NEFS on-site course or E-Course that corresponds to the desired certification; and

3) Documentation of a passing grade on the practical exams from the on-site course or E-Course for which you received your NEFS Course Completion Certificate.  A passing grade (70% or better) must be achieved on each exam.

The deadline for submitting your completed application is 60 days after you are notified that you achieved a passing grade on the practical exams.  To complete the application process, you must submit a check or credit card payment for the non-refundable application fee ($85.00 US) and the initial Certificate fee ($65.00 US).  An annual renewal fee of $85.00 (US) will be due on January 15 of each year following your initial certification date.  The application must be submitted via regular mail or courier (e.g. Federal Express or UPS) so we have original signatures and notary stamps on file.  E-mailed applications will not be processed - no exceptions. 

Every year following your initial certification, along with your annual renewal fee you must provide documentation of your having completed 8 hours of relevant continuing education. 

 

B)  For Those Taking the Experience/Self-Study Pathway to Professional Certification:

After you confirm that you meet the educational and experience requirements specific to the certification you desire, to apply for Professional Certification you must pay the nominal self-study enrollment fee, purchase and review the Study Guide that corresponds to the category of certification you wish to apply for, and order the corresponding set of practical exams. After you have completed the exams, send them in to be graded.  To pass the exams, you must attain a grade of 70% or better on each exam.

After you have passed the required practical exams, you must complete the Certification Application Form and submit this form along with the following documentation required for the certification for which you are applying, including:

1) A notarized copy of your undergraduate, graduate or associate university or college diploma (or an official copy of your transcripts from each institution you attended), or a notarized copy of your high-school diploma;

2) A notarized statement from your current (or past) employer (or employers) describing in detail at least 8 years of experience in the specific environmental discipline for which you are seeking certification.  For example, if you are applying to become a Certified Environmental Sampler, you must have at least 8 years of experience conducting multi-media sampling (e.g. some combination of soil, ground water, surface water, sediment and waste sampling); and

3) Documentation of a passing grade on the practical exams that correspond to the desired certification.  A grade of 70% or better must be achieved on each exam.

The deadline for submitting your completed application is 60 days after you are notified that you achieved a passing grade on the practical exams.  To complete the application process, you must submit a check or credit card payment for the non-refundable application fee ($85.00 US) and the initial Certificate fee ($65.00 US).  An annual renewal fee of $85.00 (US) will be due on January 15 of each year following your initial certification date.  The application must be submitted via regular mail or courier (e.g. Federal Express or UPS) so we have original signatures and notary stamps on file.  E-mailed applications will not be processed - no exceptions. 

Every year following your initial certification, along with your annual renewal fee you must provide documentation of your having completed 8 hours of relevant continuing education. 

 

C)  For Those Taking the Field Audit Pathway to Professional Certification:

After you confirm that the members of your sampling team each meet the educational and/or experience requirements specific to the certifcation you desire, to apply for Professional Certification you must request and pass a comprehensive field audit of your sampling team.  Each member of the sampling team seeking certification must demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to pass the audit individually (e.g. if applying to become Certified Surface-Water and Sediment Samplers, each team member must demonstrate how to successfully collect a surface water sample using a Kemmerer sampler, Van Dorn sampler and other similar types of samplers).  Each member of the sampling team that passes the audit may continue through the application process; those that do not pass may consider pursuing one of the conventional pathways to certification.

After you have passed the field audit, you must complete Certification Application Form and submit this form along with the following documentation required for the certification for which you are applying including:

1a)  A notarized copy of your undergraduate or graduate university or college diploma in an environmental field (or an official copy of your transcripts from each educational institution you attended); OR

1b) A notarized copy of your undergraduate, graduate or associate university or college diploma in a non-environmental field (or an official copy of your transcripts), or a notarized copy of your high school diploma, along with a notarized statement from your current (or a past) employer (or employers) documenting 4 or more years of relevant experience in one or more job positions in an environmental field and describing that experience in detail; and

2)  A copy of the correspondence from NEFS documenting that you passed the field audit.

The deadline for submitting your completed application is 60 days after you are notified that you achieved a passing grade on the field audit. To complete the application process, you must submit a check or credit card payment for the non-refundable application fee ($85.00 US) and the initial Certificate fee ($65.00 US).  An annual renewal fee of $85.00 (US) will be due on January 15 of each year following your initial certification date.  The application must be submitted via regular mail or courier (e.g. Federal Express or UPS) so we have original signatures and notary stamps on file.  E-mailed applications will not be processed - no exceptions. 

Every year following your initial certification, along with your annual renewal fee you must provide documentation of your having completed 8 hours of relevant continuing education. 

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