The Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) is the first and only multi-media, multidisciplinary, fully-accredited credential that requires environmental professionals to have a broad perspective along with the knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems. The QEP examination contains no questions related to policies or regulations specific to any country, so it is truly international. The QEP evaluates environmental practitioners by establishing a professional standard and by providing a career track for new practitioners entering the field.
The Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) is for environmental professionals who have entered the field within the last five years or for students about to graduate. It is the only independent, international, and interdisciplinary entry-level designation that allows them to demonstrate knowledge of general environmental science by passing the General Environmental Science Exam (GES), a rigorous test, which includes knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Basic Science
- Treatment and Disposal
Passing the GES exam is also a prerequisite for obtaining the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) credential. The EPI designation expires after seven years, so EPIs must become QEPs to remain BGC certified.