NEBOSH qualification results in IEMA membership

7th July 2016

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Alison James

Graduates of two globally recognised environmental training courses are now eligible for IEMA's professional membership grades.

After last month’s launch of IEMA’s new membership journey, individuals who have successfully completed the NEBOSH certificate or diploma courses in environmental management over the past three years can now become Associate or Practitioner members. This eligibility applies to existing members and those who want to take full advantage of this opportunity to gain IEMA membership, including the AIEMA or PIEMA suffixes.

The learning outcomes of the NEBOSH courses and the relevant IEMA professional standards are so closely aligned that the opportunity to join forces makes total sense, says IEMA’s head of professional standards Claire Kirk: ‘IEMA’s new membership structure has been specifically designed to equip members to face a number of changing demands that occur throughout their careers. NEBOSH’s excellent training courses really prepare professionals to tackle very practical challenges in their roles, so the combined power of our two organisations provides the best possible support to people who are transforming their organisations.’

The two organisations officially cemented their new relationship on 27 June at the latest NEBOSH graduation ceremony. As a mark of the mutual recognition, IEMA sponsored the award for best candidate for the environmental diploma. Speaking at the ceremony, Barry Wilkes, development manager at NEBOSH, described the relationship as an important milestone for the profession. ‘Both IEMA and NEBOSH are totally dedicated to developing professionals and enabling them to be able to do their very best work. By working together, this really means great things for people who have environmental responsibilities and want to make the most of their learning,’ he said.

Got the qualifications? Now get the right membership

Student, Graduate or Affiliate members – and those who have yet to join IEMA – who have completed a NEBOSH certificate in environmental management course since June 2013 need to complete the relevant form and upload a copy of their course certificate. They will then achieve an upgrade to Associate membership and can then use the AIEMA suffix after their name.

Likewise, existing Student, Graduate, Affiliate or Associate members – as well as those who are not already members of IEMA – who have completed a NEBOSH national diploma in environmental management course since June 2013 need to complete the right form and upload a copy of their course certificate. They will then be fast-tracked to Practitioner membership.

If you hold the appropriate NEBOSH qualifications and would like to use them to gain Associate or Practitioner membership of IEMA, complete the relevant form at or contact

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