IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Personal Learning Accounts

Mode of Study
Mode of Study
eLearning Study is in a self-paced, self-organised manner using an internet enabled device.



Net Zero and Sustainability

Start Date

Start Date

In a nutshell

The drive towards a sustainable business has opened up a whole new world of opportunity - and the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management is your way in.

Develop the essential management skills to help your business and community become more sustainable. Gain your Associate (AIEMA) membership with IEMA.

IEMA is the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability. This course will give you a foundation of environmental and sustainability knowledge to build on and leads directly to IEMA Associate Membership.

The IEMA Foundation Certificate is for anyone looking to make an impact in an environment or sustainability role. It focuses on environmental management so it's perfect if you're starting out, responsible for collecting and collating environmental or sustainability data through to providing routine checks on legislative or pollution prevention measures.

This course is available as part of a Personal Learning Account (PLA). PLA is an initiative from the Welsh Government which offers people the chance to access free, part-time courses with flexible and convenient learning that fits around their existing lifestyle (subject to eligibility).

This course is for...

... anyone over 19, living in Wales and in employment. The usual salary limit of £30,596 does not apply for this course.

... anyone who needs to gain a sound understanding of the principles of environmental management, including those who wish to start or advance their career in this sector.

Course content

The course is delivered as follows:


Element 1 - Core Environmental Principles
Element 2 - Sustainability and mega-trends
Element 3 - Policy and legislation
Element 4 - Environmental Management Systems
Element 5 - Performance evaluation
Element 6 - Additional management and assessment tools
Element 7 - Communication and the management of change


The IEMA Foundation Certificate is assessed with a 1-hour, open-book online multiple-choice test hosted by IEMA.

The assessment runs on a monthly basis, and you will be given a 28-day window of submission, typically the 3-28th of the month.

There are 30 questions, you need 21 correct answers to pass the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. No prior experience or knowledge is required.

Additional information

This course is delivered by eLearning. This means that you should be motivated to study in a self-paced, self-organised manner using an internet enabled device.

The course includes an exam which is invigilated online and you need to have access to an internet enabled device with a microphone and a webcam.

Course length is approx. 40 hours with 6 months online access provided (including sitting the exam).

Where can I study IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management?


All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

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