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Course guide - International IEMA Associate Certificate in Environmental Management

An introduction on how to lead this course.


Please organise your travel to arrive at the course venue by 08:30 hours to register your attendance.
The course will start promptly at 08:45 hours and is scheduled to finish at 17:00 hours.

Please Note: Timings are subject to change at the discretion of the course tutor.

Learner resource area

The Learner Resource Area contains important information in relation to your course and assessments. We recommend that you access the Learner Resource Area now and read the information carefully. There may be some pre-course work to do. If you have studied with us before and have an online account, please log in via

If you do not have an account, you will receive a separate email within 24 hours containing your log in details and instructions on how to access the Learner Resource Area. If you do not receive this email, please contact us as detailed below.

Learning outcomes

All candidates should familiarise themselves with the specification for the IEMA specification. All details regarding this qualification and the related assessments are available within this specification.


  • Upon completion of the course candidates should be able to:
  • Understand environmental and sustainability principals
  • Understand environmental policy issues
  • Understand key environmental legislation and compliance measures
  • Understand environmental management and sustainable development in a business context
  • Be able to collect, analyse and report on environmental information and data
  • Be able to apply environmental management and assessment tools
  • Be able to analyse problems and opportunities to deliver sustainable solutions
  • Be able to develop and implement programmes to deliver environmental performance improvement
  • Be able to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Be able to influence behaviour and implement change to improve sustainability

Assessment information

On completion of the course, candidates take the on-line electronic examination within 28 days of the end of the course, at a time and place of their choosing.

The assessment comprises of 10 compulsory questions, each worth 12 marks that tests each of the ten learning outcomes specified in the IEMA Associate Entry Examination standard.
Assessment registration will be arranged during the first week of the course programme.

Language of assessment

The qualification is assessed in English only. Assessments will be presented in English and candidates must respond in English.

Candidates for whom English is a second language are advised that their reading and writing skills should be equivalent to at least Level 6 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test for Non-Native Speakers of English. Candidates may obtain information on this language testing service from the IELTS website (

IEMA registration and fees

The IEMA registration and initial examination fees are included in the British Safety Council course fees.
Registration for the assessment and membership to IEMA is completed in class during the first week of the course programme.


As indicated above, the paper-based open-book written examination can be taken in class in the afternoon on the last day of the course, or electronically, on-line, at a time and place of the candidates choosing, and within 28 days of completing the course.

IEMA will contact individual learners with their initial IEMA Affiliate membership details, providing access to resources and information on the IEMA website.
For paper-based examinations, the British Safety Council will contact and confirm with the candidate during the course to confirm the examination date, time and venue. Details of the examination rules and procedures will be communicated at the time of the examination.

For candidates who have opted to complete the on-line examination 28 days after the course completion, these candidates will receive log-in and password details directly from IEMA providing information and access to the on-line assessment process. Further information regards this can be viewed on the IEMA website and will be provided during the course.

Results and qualification

Candidates must pass the examination in order to achieve the qualification. Candidates who are unsuccessful at the first attempt are eligible to undertake a re-sit, subject to payment / receipt of the assessment fee. Up to one re-sit can be booked through the British Safety Council.

To achieve a pass a candidate must score 72 out of 120 (60%). Results are reported as Pass or Fail. The candidate’s total score is also reported, along with their mark for each question.

Candidates who pass the examination will receive IEMA’s first level of professional membership: IEMA Associate Membership.
Examination results are made available and communicated to candidates directly by IEMA approximately six weeks after the taking the examination.


We wish you great success on your course. If you have any queries or feedback please feel free to speak with your course tutor or contact our customer service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)20 8741 1231