The Environmental Auditors Register
The Environmental Auditors Register has been in operation for over ten years and is internationally recognised. The register currently has over 1,650 auditors listed in over 50 countries worldwide.
The register provides an efficient and effective means of demonstrating to interested parties that you or your staff are adequately qualified, trained and experienced to perform the range of tasks required of them.
IEMA also offers a free of charge referral service. On request, the database can be searched to find appropriately qualified registrants to undertake specific environmental auditing/EMS related projects. To request a referral contact a member of the technical team on (+44) 01522 540069 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that referrals are not undertaken for permanent work.
- Why apply?
- How do I apply?
- Application Process
- What are the costs of registration?
- Information for existing Auditors
- Frequently Asked Questions
The IEMA Register of Environmental Auditors is open to both internal and external auditors working within the areas of environmental auditing and environmental management systems (EMS) auditing. You can apply to one of the general environmental auditor levels:
Associate Environmental Auditor
Registered Associate Environmental Auditors are typically active 'trainee' environmental auditors who are expected to have, as a minimum, a basic knowledge of environmental auditing.
Registered Environmental Auditors are expected to have a good appreciation of a range of environmental issues and environmental auditing techniques and to be competent environmental auditors in the areas in which they operate. However, their experience may be confined to a limited number of environmental audit types and sectors. Registered Environmental Auditors will typically be regular and active members of environmental audit teams.
Principal Environmental Auditor
Registered Principal Environmental Auditors are expected to have a wealth of environmental auditing expertise and will typically lead/manage environmental audit teams and liaise with senior management on a regular basis. They are expected to be able to take considerably greater responsibilities than registered Environmental Auditors and to have an excellent appreciation of the wide range of issues pertaining to environmental auditing.
You can also apply to one of the EMS auditor levels.
EMS Auditors are expected to have a good appreciation of the EMS audit process and be qualified to be a member of an audit team to undertake specific duties that they have expertise in.
Lead EMS Auditor
Lead EMS Auditors are expected to have a thorough appreciation of all aspects of the EMS audit process and be qualified to lead an audit team.
|Associate Environmental Auditor(auditor in training)||
||Experience may be required if insufficient points elsewhere||No requirement|
|Principal Environmental Auditor||
The Register is an internationally recognised environmental auditor accreditation scheme, dedicated to raising the professional competence in the environmental auditing field. By becoming an IEMA Registered Auditor you will:
- demonstrate a high degree of independence and competency in the environment auditing field
- demonstrate environmental credibility with regulatory authorities and the public
- Opt into the auditor referral service which provides employment opportunities for consultancies or independent auditors
- receive all the benefits of IEMA individual members including access to regional events, and free or discounted Institute publications including 'the environmentalist' magazine, 'Practitioner' journals, the 'Perspectives' series, and the EA Yearbook
How do I apply?
To apply, you need to download the Auditor Application Pack (comprising Guidelines and The Environmental Auditor Application Form) below or request a copy from the Membership team email@example.com. The Application Form should be completed in full and returned comprising all relevant documentation and payment to the Membership Team at:
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
City Office Park
If you are applying to one of the general environmental auditor levels on the register, this is assessed by IEMA using a points system. Points are awarded based on academic qualifications, membership of professional bodies, training and experience. For each registration level a different points threshold must be reached, and you have to demonstrate skills in environmental auditing appropriate to the level for which you apply.
All applicants to the scheme are required to pass a rigorous assessment process involving a combination of references, external verification checks (see below), and for the higher levels, successful completion of an oral examination (also, see below).
External Verification Checks
For each application received IEMA contacts the verification sources provided in the application to check that the work was undertaken, for the correct length of time and was of an acceptable standard. IEMA is not interested in the findings of the audit or any confidential information.
The final stage of the Principal Environmental Auditor application process is to undertake an oral examination with two Principal Environmental Auditor Examiners. The examination is face to face and lasts approximately 45 mins.
EMS Auditor Levels
Registration to any of the EMS Auditor levels is based on criteria laid down in ISO 19011. EMS Auditors will typically be experienced audit practitioners from industry (internal) and consultancies/certification bodies (external auditors) involved in auditing EMSs based on recognised international standards.
Code of Practice
IEMA Environmental Auditors are required to sign and agree to abide by the Code of Practice which defines your responsibilities with respect to IEMA. Subsequent complaints against registrants are dealt with by a Disciplinary Committee and instances of malpractice or breach of this Code will result in the removal of individuals from the register.
What are the costs of registration?
The initial application fee will cover the administrative costs of undertaking the assessment of your application. The costs of applying for Environmental Auditor Registration will depend on whether you are already a member of IEMA. Please see application pack for more details. p>
If you are not a member, the following fees apply. If you are a current member, the membership fee does not apply:
|Auditor Level||Membership Fee||Auditor Application Fee||Total Fee|
|Associate Environmental Auditor||£99||£49.20 (inc. VAT 20%)||£148.20|
|Environmental Auditor||£99||£175.20(inc. VAT 20%)||£274.20|
|Principal Environmental Auditor||£99||£313.20 (inc. VAT 20%)||£412.20|
|EMS Auditor||£99||£54.00(inc. VAT 20%)||£153.00|
|Lead EMS Auditor||£99||£85.20(inc. VAT 20%)||£184.20|
- All auditor levels are subject to VAT at 20%.
- There is no VAT on Membership fees.
- By Post / Cheque
Please make cheques payable to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Please note this must be in pounds sterling from a UK clearing bank. IEMA does not currently accept the Euro. Do not send cash by post.
- By Credit Card
Information for Existing Auditors
If you are an existing IEMA Auditor, you are required to complete Continuing Professional development (CPD) log sheets on an annual basis. These will be reviewed by IEMA Technical staff, and you will be advised if an upgrade application is possible. Auditors are required to submit CPD log sheets to maintain their registration. Blank CPD log sheets are available to download below:
Please complete the form below if you would like to update your details held on the IEMA database. The IEMA database is used for referral searches. Auditors are advised to update their details annually to ensure that the correct work is referred.
What do I do if I would like to upgrade?
If you are already on the IEMA Auditor register and would like to apply to upgrade please contact the Technical Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my application take to process?
The length of time varies depending on circumstances such as the number of applications awaiting review and whether or not we have recieved all the relevant information and correct payment.
Will any documentation I send remain confidential?
All documents will remain confidential. They will only be passed to the examiners who have signed a strict letter of confidentiality.
If you need a direct response from IEMA, please email your question to the Institute email@example.com and include your full contact details.