Certification

The EHS certificate program is appropriate for students who have prior education and experience in a related field.

Students may choose a certificate with either an environmental or a safety emphasis with assistance from their advisor to reach the required 18 semester hours for their personalized certificate. You can also select the courses from both lists to personalize your certificate.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  • Research applicable local, state, and federal regulations, and implement methods and strategies to ensure compliance.
  • Maintain records as required by OSHA, EPA, and DOT.
  • Develop and implement hazardous materials handling procedures.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate employee training required by government regulations.
  • Manage hazardous waste from its generation to its disposal, and identify opportunities for waste reduction.
  • Plan for emergency response to workforce incidents.
  • Protect employees/workers from workforce exposures.

The EHS certificate is granted upon the successful completion of 18 credit hours (six courses).

If you choose to continue to pursue opportunities in the Health, Safety and Environmental Technology (EHS) field, you may want to consider professional certification in your particular area of expertise. 

In the safety field, the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Associate Safety Professional (ASP) are the designations many safety professionals carry.  If you have earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in EHS or a Baccalaureate degree in any subject, you may meet the educational requirements for the ASP and CSP certification process.  For further information on ASP and CSP certification, contact the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, 217-359-9263.

In the environmental field, the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) is the designation many environmental professionals carry.  All candidates for the CHMM certification must have a Baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university.  The Associate of Applied Science degree in EHS from Scott Community College meets a portion of this requirement.  For further information on the CHMM certification, contact the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, 301-984-8969. 

You may also consider the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) certification.  The OHST program established standards for individuals who otherwise may not qualify for full-time, professional certifications, such as the CSP or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).  As an OHST candidate, you may substitute college education for some or the entire experience requirement. 

The Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) has granted graduates of our program a waiver of requirements toward the OHST certification.  The EHS program meets the requirement for having coverage in three of the five subject areas.  The other two areas may be covered through earning an Associates of Applied Science degree. 

Completion of the EHS program also leads to a waiver of ¾ years of experience toward the OHST certification.  For more information on the OHST certification, contact CCHEST, 217-359-2686.

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