Become an Environmental Professional (EP®)​

EP® Designation Recognizes Your Environmental Expertise and Builds Trust in Your Industry


Become an

Environmental Professional (EP®)​​

EP® Designation Recognizes Your Environmental Expertise and Builds Trust in Your Industry.

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Change-makers. forward-thinkers. thought leaders.

Use EP® to Make Your Mark in the Sector

The environment is very much in our consciousness as a collective society. Now more than ever, Canadians are asking for accountability. People expect corporations and industries to be good environmental citizens.

Environmental Professionals (EP®)’s are the next wave of change-makers in the shift to a sustainable Canadian economy. This is the only nationally recognized designation for environmental practitioners with specialized knowledge and/or the ability to synthesize input from various branches of knowledge to provide their input and advice

The EP® Designation is designed to complement other professional designations, with the aim of becoming a provincially recognized signatory. We are working with provinces and territories across Canada to achieve this. Are you ready to be a changemaker? A thought leader? A forward thinker? Let’s get started on your path to EP®.

Get noticed, cultivate leadership, increase your influence, and safeguard stakeholder trust as a designated EP®.


Benefits of (EP®) Designation

The benefits of becoming an EP® include:

How to Become EP® Designated

Follow these seven easy steps to start your certification journey today! Otherwise, continue reading to discover more resources related to the Environmental Professional (EP®) designation. Please note that after step three, the ECO Canada team will work with you directly to complete the remaining stages of your application.

4. Complete Application Criteria & Pass Exam

5. Prepare for Board Approval

6. Pay Certification Fee of $230

7. Celebrate Your New EP® Status!

Get Designated


You are eligible for this designation if you meet these criteria:

Education — Must have a recognized Canadian college diploma or university degree, or equivalent international credentials.

Employment History — You must have at least five years of environmental work experience in Canada. This experience must be recent (obtained within the past ten years).

Specializations As part of your application, you will complete a self-assessment against the National Occupation Standards (NOS), and then have three peer references validate your environmental competency.
EP®s are required to select between 1-5 areas of specialization.

Body of Knowledge and Code of Ethics You must pass the EP® Examination demonstrating your understanding of both the Ethics and Core Knowledge Areas of the EP Body of Knowledge.

Take the eligibility assessment quiz and find out if the EP® designation is right for you.

Does your experience fit into specializations?

The environmental sector is constantly evolving, and the EP® Certification path is keeping pace. Now, with 16 specializations to choose from, you can showcase your expertise in even more fields. After applying for the EP designation and our staff confirm your eligibility, you will be able to proceed with scheduling your exam or will have the option to select up to 5 areas of specialization. Specializations provide you with an extra credential to promote your area(s) of expertise. Over 300 competency statements have been classified into one or more of the environmental sub-sectors:

Don’t see a perfect fit? No problem! You can now apply as an EP® without a specialization. Recognizing that the environmental field encompasses a wide array of activities and expertise, we are now offering a more diverse and flexible certification approach. Environmental practitioners pursuing the EP® designation are now able to proceed with or without specialization.

Application & Exam Guide

To gain your EP® status, you must pass the Core Knowledge Exam, complete Ethical Guidelines and go through peer validation for your chosen specializations.


Becoming an EP® is the easiest decision you will ever make while working in the environmental sector.

Download Our EP® Specialization Guide

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