IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management - In Company


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The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management, which leads to IEMA Associate membership, is one of the most sought-after qualifications in environmental management.

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IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management is a 5 day environmental training course that International Workplace provide for organisations and individuals looking to get to grips with the basics of environmental management.

The course is designed to raise your competence if you are new to environmental management or if you have a wide range of premises and facilities management responsibilities. The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management delivered In Company is perfect for organisations that have a cohort of employees who all need to study the course. During the course the tutor will guide your delegates through the syllabus leading to the end of course examination and assessment which takes place on the last day of the course. High levels of contact time make classroom study ideal for people who prefer to share experiences with fellow students and have the opportunity to ask questions and gain direct feedback. In addition the material can be tailored to the needs of the individual organisation. As one of the top IEMA training providers, International Workplace have been running IEMA training courses for many years with more and more delegates attending each year.  

On achieving this qualification you will:

  • Hold a recognised qualification from IEMA demonstrating competence in this field and allowing you to use the suffix - AIEMA.
  • Understand key environmental issues including resource use, climate change, waste and pollution and their impact on organisations and communities.
  • Learn how to effectively manage environmental impacts and reduce risk, improve resource efficiency and increase the positive impact on society and the environment.
  • Gain an understanding of the framework and application of environmental laws and policy both in the UK, EU and internationally.
  • Develop an understanding of environmental assessment tools.
  • Apply what you have learnt to your own organisation, throughout the course and in the future.
  • New syllabus items including making a business case, sustainable value-chain management and workplace behaviour change.

How will this qualification help me?

This 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.

It will help you to:

  • Understand the importance of integrating environmental issues into the business process and the potential business benefits of doing so
  • Have an appreciation of the driving forces leading to the introduction of Environmental Management Systems into an organisation and their potential benefits
  • Outline the structure of environmental legislation
  • Understand the potential impact of key pieces of legislation on business
  • Appreciate the role of the key regulatory agencies
  • Outline how an environmental review is conducted
  • Identify significant environmental impacts of organisations
  • Understand the purpose and nature of an environmental audit, and how an audit is carried out
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of ISO 14001

What are the course outcomes?

  • Outline the implications of global trends for the environment, for society, for the economy and for organisations
  • Outline sustainable business/governance principles and their relationship with organisations, products and services
  • Outline environmental principles and their relationship with organisations, products and services
  • Outline major policy and legislation and their implications for organisations, products and services
  • Outline major tools, techniques, systems and practices used to improve sustainability performance
  • Outline the role of innovation and other leading practices in developing sustainable products and services and providing sustainable solutions
  • Collect data, perform analysis, and evaluate information
  • Research and plan to provide sustainable solutions
  • Deliver effective communication and capture feedback
  • Engage with stakeholders
  • Outline tools and techniques that identify opportunities and risks
  • Identify and propose ways to improve performance
  • Support change and transformation to improve sustainability

Benefits of In House training:

  • Full, face to face tutor support
  • Dates that you choose
  • The material can be tailored to the needs of the individual organisation
  • Guaranteed pass scheme – students can be given further access to our e-learning course if they need to retake the course free of charge
  • Training at your site or chosen location to cut down on travel time and cost

What are IEMA Membership fees?

  • In order to study this course, delegates must become paid members of IEMA. The cost of this is £135 for 12 months membership. Should you already have membership then you will still need to purchase a further 12 months. 
  • Once you have confirmed your booking, you will receive an invoice via email for the cost of membership.

We also run the IEMA Foundation Certificate as an Online course or at one of our training centres as a Public Classroom course.

Download the IEMA Foundation Certificate brochure for further information


On succsesfull competion of the courses assessment, delegates will be issued with an IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Managment.

Entry requirements

The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Managment has no entry requirments

Our pass promise
Study with International Workplace and benefit from our guaranteed pass scheme. We will give you full access to the elearning course until you pass your course, extra exam fees may however be applicable.


  • Module 1: Environmental issues and principles

    • The importance of global systems and cycles in supporting life on earth and the everyday activities we carry out.
    • The different ecosystem services and the ways in which humans can interact with them.
    • The key components of the nitrogen, water, carbon and phosphorus cycles.
    • The ways in which humans can impact on earth’s systems and cycles – water, air and land pollution, resource use and biodiversity loss.
    • The principal global and local environmental issues, and how organisations contribute to environmental pollution.
  • Module 2 – Sustainability and organisations

    • The environmental, economic, social and ethical aspects of sustainability.
    • The mega trends driving the development of sustainable thinking at international and national level.
    • The implications of fiscal, societal and ethical values and social constraints on an organisation.
    • Life-cycle thinking.
    • The importance of effective resource management.
    • How an organisation can reduce its impacts.
    • The role of environmental sustainability in promoting change and innovation.
    • Influencing sustainable behaviour change.
  • Module 3 – Environmental policy and legislation

    • The structure and evolution of environmental law at a national, European and international level.
    • The key environmental principles that form the basis of policy.
    • The key types of environmental legislation and policy including economic instruments, direct regulation, polluter pays, producer responsibility and others.
    • The role of the regulatory agencies and penalties for non-compliance.
    • How environmental law relates to your organisation’s activities.
    • How to identify relevant environmental legislation for your organisation and where to find further information.
  • Module 4 – Environmental performance and communication

    • The different types of environmental data that can be collated in relation to environmental performance.
    • How assessing environmental performance can provide information on which effective environmental management decisions can be based.
    • Internal and external stakeholders.
    • The benefits of communicating environmental information internally and externally.
    • Sustainability reporting and reporting standards.
    • The importance of assurance and verification in accounting for and communicating environmental performance.
    • Environmental labelling and benchmarking.
    • The purpose and nature of the Initial Environmental Review and how it is conducted.
    • The significant environmental impacts of an organisation’s activities.
  • Module 5 – Environmental management and assessment tools

    • The key elements and components of an Environmental Management System.
    • How an Environmental Management System functions in a business environment.
    • The different types of Environmental Management System including ISO 14001, EMAS and BS8555 and the key differences between them.
    • The key components of ISO 14001 and how they can be implemented.
    • How to take on an active role within the environmental management process.
    • The purpose and nature of an environmental audit.
    • The role of environmental impact assessment in development project planning.
    • The role of cost benefit analysis in sustainable decision making.


  • Assessment is via a 1 hour open-book online multiple-choice exam.

    The course is assessed in English.

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