IEMA Sustainability Skills for the Workforce Online Course

IEMA Sustainability Skills for the Workforce Online Course

5-10 Hours5-10 Hours
Interactive Interactive
Cost effectiveCost effective

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.

This online IEMA course on has been created for the general workforce of your organisation. The aim is to involve everyone at all levels in cultivating a more sustainable workplace. By equipping staff with the skills and knowledge to recognise environmental risks, understand legislation and combat pollution, you’ll be well on your way to a more environmentally aware, sustainable organisation.

By committing to improving your environmental practices, you’ll not only boost your business’ reputation, but you’ll empower your employees to take responsibility for their actions and drive positive change.

This self-paced e-learning course can be completed in your own time and will take 5-10 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 the Workforce training course, learners will:

  • Understand the impact of climate change
  • Recognise the risks, as well as the opportunities
  • Be familiar with businesses’ legal obligations regarding the environment
  • Understand the effect that sustainability can have on the environment
  • Be able to improve their impact on the environment
  • Feel empowered to lead the change


This self-led e-learning course will cover 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


At the end of this online 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 the Workforce 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 in the Workforce course is for anyone who would like to learn about environmental sustainability legislation and best practice. If you’re keen to improve standards within your current role – regardless of the sector you work in – this introductory course will give you a solid understanding of environmental risks and opportunities for a range of organisations.

Suggested Progression

If you’re interested in learning more about environmental sustainability for businesses, you may like to progress onto the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management or the IEMA Environmental Sustainability for Managers course.

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