A new training programme developed by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) will help provide managers and others with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to improve their organisation’s environmental management and sustainability performance is now available from the British Safety Council.

The IEMA Associate Certificate in Environmental Management aims to teach those interested how to identify environmental targets and recommend measures in which they can be met. The course is aimed at anyone with environmental responsibilities and will go some way in improving an organisation’s approach to sustainable development.  

The ten-day classroom-based training programme will be taught by qualified and experienced British Safety Council tutors. The course will cover 10 elements, including; environmental legislation, the assessment, interpretation and management of business environmental performance and how to influence business behavior to improve sustainability.

Candidates who successfully complete the course and assessment are also granted Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA), widely regarded as the minimum standard for those wishing to work as environmental practitioners.

John Phillips, Director of Qualifications and Standards at the British Safety Council, said: “Businesses are facing ever-greater legal, financial and reputational pressure from customers, suppliers and regulators to reduce the environmental and social impacts of their day-to-day activities, products and services.

“This new training course not only provides managers, supervisors and other representatives with the knowledge and skills to ensure their organisation complies with environmental laws and best practice, but also provides the tools required to implement sustainable development practices, such as reduced use of energy and raw materials, more efficient use of the supply chain and more sustainable products and services.

Phillips concluded: “By implementing these measures, organisations can reduce costs, control environmental risks, improve their business reputation and win new business.”