ONLINE IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management - Remot

ONLINE IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management (Remote Learning)


The 5 day IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management course will be delivered remotely, using instructor-led online learning. You’ll attend a scheduled, interactive class via Zoom video conferencing. For this, you will need access to a table, laptop or desktop computer with a webcam, microphone and speaker.

This is a self-paced online course that you can complete in your own time. It will give you a solid understanding of legislation and principles around environmental issues, along with the practical tools and techniques you need to improve sustainability practices within your role and across your organisation.

Anyone wishing to take this course will need to allow 35-40 hours (5 working days) to complete it.  Delegates MUST finish their training, including the exam, within 6 months of the commencement date.

PLEASE NOTE - Results are usually recieved within 2 weeks and certification up to 4 weeks


By the end of this virtual IEMA Environmental Management training course, you will:

  • Understand the impact that global trends have on the environment
  • Describe the consequences for society, the economy and organisations
  • Explain sustainable business principles and their effect on products and services
  • Explain how environmental principles affect products and services
  • Understand legislation and environmental policy, and what they mean for organisations
  • Recognise the best tools and techniques for improving sustainability performance
  • Describe commonly accepted systems and practices
  • Appreciate how innovation plays a role in developing sustainable solutions
  • Collect relevant data, analyse information and evaluate effectiveness
  • Research, share findings and capture feedback
  • Plan appropriate sustainable solutions
  • Effectively communicate with stakeholders
  • Be able to identify risks and opportunities
  • Identify ways to improve performance
  • Support colleagues and lead the change within your organisation


This remote instructor-led course will cover the following subjects:

1: Core Environmental Principles

  • Natural cycles
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity and ecological stability
  • Human impact on natural cycles and ecological stability
  • Sources of pollution, pathways and receptors
  • Climate change

2: Sustainability and mega-trends

  • What are mega-trends?
  • Sustainability and sustainable development
  • Principles of sustainability
  • Business and corporate governance

3: Policy and Legislation

  • The key principles of environmental policy
  • Policy instruments
  • An introduction to environmental legislation
  • Criminal law
  • The role of stakeholders and regulators

4: Environmental Management Systems

  • An introduction to environmental management systems
  • The fundamentals of ISO 14001 regulations

5: Performance evaluation  

  • Data management
  • Measuring performance
  • Carrying out environmental inspections
  • Environmental auditing

6: Additional Management and Assessment Tools 

  • Risk assessments
  • Environmental aspect assessment
  • Other useful tools

7: Communication and the management of change

  • Communication
  • Corporate reporting
  • Green claims
  • Management of change


At the end of this IEMA course, the exam will be conducted online, via a Zoom video call with your tutor, and is a 1-hour open-book multiple-choice test. On successful completion you’ll receive an IEMA certificate and become an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).  As a member, you’ll have access to a range of online support, guidance and tools to further your learning and progression.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for anyone who works in the environmental sustainability industry, as well as those who would like to learn more about general environmental management and improve standards within their current role. If you’re interested in a career in environmental management, this course will give you an excellent starting point.

There are no entry requirements. Following the course, you’ll become an Associate Member of IEMA, with access to essential tools and resources.


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