IEMA Sustainability Skills for Managers Online Course

IEMA Sustainability Skills for Managers Online Course

15-20 Hours15-20 Hours
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The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the leading professional body providing support and guidance to environment and sustainability professionals all over the world.

If you’re a manager, this IEMA Sustainability Skills for Managers Online course will give you all the tools you need to raise awareness throughout your organisation, foster positive attitudes within your team and help you to implement sustainable practices that drive change.

You’ll learn what your responsibilities are under UK legislation, how efficient resourcing and recycling can boost profits and how to reduce pollution. By the end of this online IEMA course, you’ll be able to encourage sustainable practices that will improve your organisation’s environmental performance.

This self-paced e-learning course can be completed in your own time and will take 15-20 hours to complete.  Delegates MUST finish their training, including the exam, within 6 months of the commencement date.

PLEASE NOTE - Results are recieved instantly on completion of the exam, and certification can take up to 4 weeks.


By the end of this online Sustainability Skills for Managers training course, you will:

  • Recognise the economic risks associated with environmental issues
  • Understand the opportunities that sustainable practices bring your business
  • Explain your responsibilities under UK legislation and compliance
  • Understand business drivers for change, and how to evaluate them
  • Describe the barriers to drivers for change
  • Know the impact that environment and sustainability can have on the economy
  • Demonstrate how to improve the environmental performance of your business
  • Analyse baseline data, monitoring progress and improving performance
  • Manage environmental sustainability across the value chain
  • Understand how well-managed resources impact your bottom line
  • Inspire employees to actively improve environmental performance


This self-led e-learning course covers the following topics:

1: Risks and opportunities from environmental sustainability

  • What is environmental sustainability?
  • What causes major environmental issues?
  • How do organisations impact the environment?
  • What impact does the environment have on organisations?
  • The benefits of good environmental performance

2: Laws and other compliance obligations

  • Environmental regulators
  • Methods of enforcement
  • The statutory requirements for compliance
  • International environmental agreements

3: Environmental sustainability issues

  • Pollution, types and definitions
  • Key terms relating to pollution
  • How to prevent pollution in the workplace
  • The consequences of environmental pollution caused by an organisation
  • Why we need environmental legislation
  • Environmental management systems – key principles and benefits

4: Improving environmental sustainability performance

  • Practical steps all employees can take to support sustainability
  • The environmental management structure of an organisation

5: Control of emissions to air

  • Practical steps all employees can take to support sustainability
  • The environmental management structure of an organisation
  • Understanding how environmental sustainability impacts the growth of an organisation

6: Control of environmental noise

  • How to monitor and analyse your business’ environmental performance
  • Improving your performance

7: Control of contamination of water sources

  • How environmental sustainability affects value creation
  • Evaluating environmental sustainability throughout the value chain
  • How different areas of the value chain impact environmental sustainability

8: Control of waste and land use

  • Resource efficiency – key terms and definitions
  • The impact of resource consumption
  • Optimising resource efficiency – which methods are best for your organisation?
  • The benefits of resource efficiency

9: Sources and use of energy and energy efficiency

  • Communication – which channels are most effective?
  • Change management principles
  • Engagement strategies
  • Environmental management systems


At the end of this IEMA course, you’ll take a multiple-choice test and results are issued instantly on completion.  On successfully passing you’ll receive an IEMA Sustainability Skills for Managers certificate.  Please note that certificates can take up to 4 weeks to be issued by the awarding body.

Who is this Course for?

This IEMA Sustainability Skills for Managers online training course is for business leaders and management professionals who would like to learn about legislation and best practice. If you’re keen to improve sustainability practices within your organisation, this course will give you a solid understanding of environmental risks and opportunities for a range of organisations.

There are no formal entry requirements.

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