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The purpose of the Certified Environmental Scientist (CES) credential is to establish a person's understanding of the basic principles of environmental science, including: chemistry, physics, earth science, biology, meteorology, zoology and environmental health, according to NREP's website.
NREP has modified their program so that workshops only take a day. The test is a 2-hour, timed, scaled, multiple choice exam of 100 questions. "Because many environmental specialists cannot be away from work for long periods of time, we have now intensified the learning and testing procedures of the CES program so that you can complete the program in one very concentrated day," the association said in a press release.
The questions are designed to determine an individual's knowledge relative to the science coordination and management of environmental programs. The general topics covered on the exam include knowledge of air pollution, biosolids, brownfields, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, ecosystems, hazardous waste, human health, indoor air quality, mercury, molds, oil programs, ozone, pesticides, radiation and solid waste disposal.
The CES certification is open to any individual who meets the qualifications. A CES certification helps to demonstrate that technicians, supervisors and managers have received training in the basic environmental sciences. NREP has targeted professionals who:
- Work for a governmental agency.
- Work for a private organization that performs environmental sampling or testing.
- Work for a firm who are consultants, manufacturers, attorneys, etc.