FAQs on the Diploma in sustainable business practice

21st March 2011

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If you are thinking of studying for the Diploma in sustainable business practice (DipSBP), here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

1. What are the entry requirements? AIEMA or equivalent is required to enrol on a Diploma programme. This is to ensure that delegates can focus on building on their Associate knowledge, by tackling strategic environmental management issues.

2. How long will it take? As IEMA offers flexibility in the delivery of the Diploma this varies between different course providers. As a minimum, 210 guided learning hours are required to complete the DipSBP; projects and assignments may take a further 210 hours. Delegates are required to complete the Diploma within 24 months.

3. What is the pass mark? Delegates are required to pass all three modules of the Diploma at 55% or above.

4. Can I do it through distance learning? Training providers have the option of delivering the programme by distance learning. Delegates must be supported through opportunities to discuss and collaborate with peers as part of the DipSBP programme.

5. How much does it cost? This varies from provider to provider. It also depends on the delivery format. We would recommend that you contact a few providers who deliver the Diploma in the format required to gain accurate cost information.

6. What are the module titles?

  • Managing environmental media and issues.
  • Sustainability for business.
  • Strategic environmental management.

7. What is accepted Accredited Prior Learning? At present there is no APL. Delegates enrolling on the Diploma programme are required to complete all components in full.

8. Does the programme lead automatically to Full membership of IEMA? Completion of the Diploma does not lead directly to MIEMA. It is designed to help you develop the knowledge that Full membership requires. Delegates still need to complete the Full membership application process. A key part of the credibility of the Full membership assessment process is the peer interview, which Diploma delegates need to complete.

9. Can I use any letters after my name? Yes, delegates who are successful are entitled to use the suffix DipSBP.

10. Who delivers the programme? A list of IEMA training providers that are approved to deliver the Diploma is available from www.lexisurl.com/iema6336.

11. What are the benefits to employers? Employers of DipSBP students will benefit from their completing the programme, as successful delegates are supported to develop the skills to influence change in organisations, and to lead and contribute to sustainable business practice.

The DipSBP is currently being rolled out to a series of approved training providers so interested members should visit the IEMA website to find out more about how the Diploma could be the key to professional success.


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