IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management

The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management will equip you with skills, understanding and management tools needed to improve your organisation’s sustainability.

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Course Facts

Duration: 5 Day/s
Assessment: A one hour openbook online multiple-choice exam
Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for this course
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Ways to Learn

What is an IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management?

The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management training course is a 5-day globally recognised qualification aimed at anybody starting out in an environment or sustainability-focused role.

You’ll cover a wide range of environmental, sustainability and governance principles while exploring environmental management tools and skills that you can apply immediately in your organisation.

On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive the IEMA Foundation Certificate and gain IEMA Associate Membership (AIEMA) status.

What you get on the course

The FCIEM course is designed to be highly interactive, with practical activities and discussion. On the course, you will receive:

  • Learner Notes – includes detailed information covering each of the learning outcomes, along with supplementary information, providing you with a solid future resource on environmental sustainability and for IEMA Associate assessment preparation.
  • Learner Workbook – actively used on the course for a range of activities and to direct note-taking, this useful resource will help guide the course and prepare you for the final associate exam
  • Practice questions for the IEMA Associate Assessment – provided in your ‘Learner Workbook’ and referred to by your trainer
    throughout the course.

What Could the IEMA Foundation Training Do For You?

Invacare’s Health Safety Environment Officer, Ian Price, recently took an IEMA course with us. Here, he describes the benefits he has been able to deliver to his organisation:

Who is the IEMA Foundation Certificate Course Aimed At?

The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management is perfect for those beginning a career in environmental or sustainability-focused roles.

You don’t need prior skills or knowledge to take the course. In fact, the course is perfect for people working in non-environmental and sustainability professions, such as health and safety, marketing or sales.

With sustainability becoming ever more pressing for organisations, the foundation course is a great choice for your career prospects.

IEMA Foundation Certificate Course Syllabus

Over the five days on the IEMA Foundation Certificate, you will be armed with all the necessary environmental and sustainability knowledge.

The comprehensive course syllabus covers the following content:

  • Part 1 – Why we need to be sustainable
  • Part 2 – Environmental principles
  • Part 3 – Principles of Sustainable Organisations
  • Part 4 – Pollution and Pollution Control
  • Part 5 – Introduction to Policy and Legislation
  • Part 6 – Key Environmental Legislation
  • Part 7 – Environmental Tools and Assessment
  • Part 8 – Data and Reporting
  • Part 9 – Environmental Management Systems
  • Part 10 – Environmental Auditing
  • Part 11 – Improving Sustainability Performance

AIEMA and IEMA Foundation Example Digital and Printed Certificate

At TSW, we think it’s important that you know exactly what you’ll get from taking a course with us. On successful completion, you’ll receive:

  • Your IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management
  • IEMA Associate Membership (AIEMA)

Learning Outcomes

By completing the IEMA Foundation Certificate, you will know how to:

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

Course and Learning Outcomes

AIEMA and IEMA Foundation Example Digital and Printed Certificate

At TSW, we think it’s important that you know exactly what you’ll get from taking a course with us. On successful completion, you’ll receive:

  • Your IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management
  • IEMA Associate Membership (AIEMA)

Learning Outcomes

By completing the IEMA Foundation Certificate, you will know how to:

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

Course Assessment - The Foundation Certificate Exam

The IEMA Foundation Certificate is assessed via a one-hour, multiple-choice online examination.

It’s an open-book exam, which means you can access your course notes during the exam.

You will be given a 28-day window for submitting the assessments, typically the 1st to 28th of every month.

IEMA will provide login details if you are studying the Virtual and Classroom versions of the course and you can log in anytime during this window to take the test. Once you start the test it must be done in one sitting.

Your exam result is displayed immediately following completion, so there is no need to wait to find out if you have been successful. 

Exam Support

TSW’s team is always on hand to help you with any worries you might have beforehand. We do everything we can to support you in the run-up to the exam.

“Having done the IEMA Foundation myself, I know that the exam can feel pretty stressful. Rest assured that your course tutor will give you everything you need to prepare properly for the online test, including a wide range of practice questions…

It’s an open book exam, so you can find all the answers you need in IEMA’s indexed course notes” – Matthew Channell, Director at TSW Training

Next Steps, Further Study and Alternative IEMA Courses

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll gain access to IEMA Associate membership (aiema).

With your IEMA Associate Membership, you’ll be able to access a range of career-supporting benefits, including:

  • Invites to member-only events
  • Discounts on industry events
  • A catalogue of webinars and essential reading 
  • Access to regional networks 
  • The latest news straight to your inbox 

An infographic list of IEMA Associate Membership Benefits that come from succesfully completing the IEMA Foundation Certificate

Next Steps After The Foundation

Learners wishing to progress after this course should consider the IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management

The IEMA Certificate is your route to IEMA Practitioner membership.

Other IEMA Courses

IEMA has a wide range of courses available according to your desired outcomes and current level. These courses include:

Why Choose TSW Training for your IEMA Foundation?

  • TSW Training is one of only 80 approved IEMA approved training providers in the world
  • Our IEMA Trainers are experts in their field, all selected for their real-world environment and sustainability experience
  • Full 24/7 support throughout your study, from course to exam completion and associate membership achievement
  • Virtual classroom and classroom options to suit
  • Available in-house, delivered for your organisation whenever and wherever you need it

Frequently Asked Questions

Individual Cost for TSW’s Public Courses

For an individual to attend the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management course on our public course programme costs £995 +VAT

Click to see our course dates and booking options.

In-Company Cost

This is when you are purchasing the IEMA Foundation on behalf of your organisation and wish to have it delivered exclusively to your employees.

The cost for in-house delivery varies depending on exact numbers and the mode of delivery (i.e. Virtual learning versus classroom delivery).

For a no-obligation discussion and quote, please enquire here.

Associate Membership Costs

The fee to become an Associate Member is £245.50, which includes an application fee and your year 1 membership fee.

If you take the course with TSW, then these first-year fees are all included in the price.

IEMA Associate Renewal Fees

There is a £154.50 annual renewal fee, payable to IEMA.

To renew your AIEMA membership you must log in to the MyIEMA portal where you and find and pay your invoice.

There a no entry requirements for the Foundation Certificate.

You can take this course without having any experience or knowledge in environmental management or sustainability.

If you fail the Foundation Certificate exam on your first sitting, don’t worry.

Every learner has the option to re-sit the examination by re-registering either directly through IEMA or by re-registering through their IEMA Training Centre and sitting the examination during the next available exam window.

There is no limit to the number of examination re-sits a candidate can take; the first re-sit can be taken free of charge, but thereafter re-sit fees apply.

The IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management is not a regulated qualification. Therefore it does not have an official level.

The qualification provides an introduction to environmental sustainability and management and is suitable for individuals who want to understand environmental issues and their impacts on businesses, organisations, and society.

As an equivalent to similar qualifications, the Foundation is estimated to be equivalent to a level 3. 

If you already have environmental and sustainability knowledge

…you can become an Associate Member of IEMA by registering for the Associate exam direct with IEMA

The exam, which is available monthly, consists of an online multiple-choice test that lasts one hour. You will have the option to select either the environment or sustainability version of the exam.

If you have completed the IEMA Foundation Certificate course in the last three years

…you are eligible to fast-track your associate application. When you apply, just select that you are eligible for the fast-track. When you do this you will be asked to provide a valid copy of your course certificate.

If you haven’t taken the Foundation course and haven’t the knowledge and experience

You will need to complete the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management course – Book your place now.

No, your certificate will not expire. Once you have taken the course and gained your certificate you won’t need to re-take the course or participate in a refresher course.

Public Course Booking Options

This course is available on our open programme, with a calendar of virtual and classroom events. You can book a place for yourself, for an employee or for a group of staff.

Virtual Classroom
£995 +VAT
Classroom
£995 +VAT

In-House Delivery Exclusively For Your Organisation

This course can be delivered exclusively for your organisation, in any location or virtually through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Read more on our in-house training services.

Virtual Classroom
Price On Enquiry
Classroom
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