QEP Recertification Point Categories

QEP Category 1 – Active Practice

CM Cycle Points
Minimum Required Maximum Counted
None 5
If you are the
Then, for each 12 months of service, you can claim1
Active employment in the environmental profession 1 credit per year


BGC does not ask that Diplomates keep precise work history records, but CM credit claimed in Category 1 should be consistent with the Diplomate’s work activities and job responsibilities.

BGC believes that the professional boundaries are constantly in flux as QEPs do more with their knowledge and skills and as the profession adapts to changing business and population needs. In general, if the work aligns with the QEP Exam Blueprint/Body of Knowledge, it can be counted as environmental practice. Diplomates are advised to consult with BGC if there are any questions about their professional practice areas.


Acceptable records include but are not limited to:

  • Any documentation showing the company logo or letterhead bearing the Diplomate’s name and organizational title.
  • Correspondence from the employer (past or current) attesting the Diplomate’s work history dates and job responsibilities in a company.

QEP Category 2 – Technical or Professional Committee Service

CM Cycle Points
Minimum Required Maximum Counted
None None
If you are the
Then, for each 12 months of service, you can claim1
Officer of a committee: chair, vice-chair, secretary, board trustee, regional coordinator, BGC ambassador 5 points per position per year
Committee member 3 points per position per year
Conference or meeting chair
10 points per position per year
Session chair or vice Chair
5 points per position per year
1Points can be pro-rated (e.g., 18 months as Committee Chair = 7.5 points)


Recertification hours are awarded for technical or professional committee service outside of the Diplomate’s organization. BGC places no restrictions on how often the committee meets, how much time is invested, or how much progress is made. In general, if the work aligns with the QEP Exam Blueprint/Body of Knowledge, it can be counted for credit.


Acceptable records include but are not limited to:

  • Documents published by the Committee Sponsor or Society, showing the Committee roster for each year of claimed service.
  • Pertinent documents or correspondence which identifies you as a committee member, e.g., meeting agendas or minutes.

If the Diplomate served on a committee but their name was not well documented, additional information will be needed, e.g., a letter from the committee chair or the member organization staff.

QEP Category 3 – Publications

CM Credit Points (Hours)
If you were the …  Then Claim Minimum Required Maximum Counted
Primary author/editor of a published environmentally-relatedenvironmentally-related book 10 points per book None None
Co-author of a published environmentally-related book 7 points per book None None
Publication in peer-reviewed environmental journal 5 points per article None 25 points per year


The publication must be related to Environmental practice. In general, if the publication aligns with the QEP Exam Blueprint/Body of Knowledge, it can be counted as Environmental. Published articles or books not related directly to Environmental practice are acceptable if QEPs are able to demonstrate that these activities contribute to their professional practice. A maximum of 25 points may be awarded per 5-year recertification cycle for peer-reviewed environmental journals.

Diplomates are advised to consult with BGC if there any questions about their content.

Conference proceedings do not receive Category 3 recertification hours due to their limited distribution.


Acceptable records include, but are not limited to, copies or links to the published material showing the publication, date, article title, and Diplomate’s name.


QEP Category 4 – Attendance at Educational Programs

QEP CM Credit Points (Hours)
If you attend …  Then Claim Minimum Required Maximum Counted
Ethics courses 0.5 points/hour 1 point (2 hrs) 3 points (6 hrs)
Annual/semi-annual meetings of environmentally-related organizations 5 points per meeting None None
Day-long (6 hours) environmentally-related seminars or short courses 3 points per course None 6 points per year
Partial (3 hours) day environmentally-related seminars or short courses 1 point per course None None
Employer seminar or training program 1 point per event None 3 points per year
Graduate education from an accredited college or university (transcripts required) 10 points per semester or quarter None None

Education Content Areas:

BGC does not prescribe or approve education courses. It allows practitioners to select the courses that best meet their needs. The overriding consideration in determining whether a specific program is acceptable is that it be a formal program of learning with the following characteristics:

  • Contributes to the professional competence of participants
  • States program objectives, which specify the level of knowledge the participants should have attained or the level of competence to be demonstrated upon completing the program
  • Is developed by individuals qualified in the subject matter and instructional design
  • Provides current, professional-level content that is relevant to the expected audience

Environmental: The subject matter aligns with the QEP Exam Blueprint/Body of Knowledge. Activities other than those listed in these guidelines may be deemed acceptable if the QEP can demonstrate that they contribute to professional competence. Substantiating that a particular activity qualifies as acceptable and meets the requirements is the responsibility of the QEP.

General Management/Leadership: General management training, including leadership, addresses skill development, which is generically applicable to many professionals, not just Environmental professionals, e.g., communication techniques, technical writing, presentation techniques, organizational effectiveness, media training, computer skills, supervisory skills, quality training, financial or accounting training, expert witness training, project management. (If the general management training has significant EHS aspects in the content, it can still be claimed in the Environmental area of Category 4.)

Ethics (Required): The subject matter aligns with the BGC Code of Ethics or the AIH, AIHA, ACGIH Member Ethical Principles. This type of subject matter concerns topics such as fairness, honesty, truthfulness, integrity, accuracy, objectivity, confidentiality, compliance, legality, conflicts of interest, conflict management, undue influence, equal opportunity, diversity, intellectual property rights/plagiarism, use of certification marks, and professional competency/limitations (i.e., when to refer a client). Acceptable courses also may include topics not listed as long as they directly relate to BGC’s Code of Ethics.

Examples of Acceptable Ethics Courses:

  • The BGC Code of Ethics (or any component of the BGC Code of Ethics)
  • Developing codes of ethics for the organization (not in the internal audit activity)
  • How to resolve ethical dilemmas
  • Ethical cultures
  • Ethics helplines or hotlines
  • The role of ethics in corporate governance
  • Organizational ethics programs
  • Organizational ethics maturity models
  • How to audit organizational ethics programs
  • Collaborating with ethics officers
  • Personal Ethical Choices, Behaviors, and Decision Making
  • Ethical Choices as required by Organizational Codes of Ethics and Business Conduct
  • Ethics focused on Enhancing Stakeholder Confidence and Value
  • Ethical Practice improving the organization’s contributions to the public at large
  • Ethics and Standards of Conduct for Auditors
  • Ethical behaviors resulting from professional interactions in the audit process

Examples of Courses Not Fulfilling the Ethics Requirement:

  • Classes focused on specific compliance obligations
  • Security laws and insider trading regulations
  • Medical claims submission requirements


An acceptable record is one that shows the following:

  • Diplomate’s name
  • Event title
  • Date of completion
  • Event sponsor/provider
  • Duration (e.g., hours or CEUs)

If any of this information is missing or if the subject matter is not clear from the title, then additional records will be needed, e.g., event description, agenda, or schedule.

If the event sponsor or provider does generate a participation record, then any one of the following will be acceptable:

  • Certificate, letter/email, transcript, roster, or other sponsor-generated record showing completion
  • Registration receipt if purchased on-site at a single-day event
  • Event badge only if issued on-site at a single-day event

If the event sponsor or provider does not generate a participation record and there are no other restrictions for use, participation or viewing from the sponsor, provider, or content owner, then the Diplomate may use one of the following:

  • Registration record and evidence of physical presence in the city on the day(s) of the event, e.g., approved expense report, purchase receipts
  • Attendance Roster
  • BGC Attendance Verification Form 
  • QEP vouching (allowed once per CM cycle)

Academic Transcripts are required as evidence of graduate education. The education must take place within an accredited college or university. Applicants with international degrees may be required to submit their transcript(s) for a credential evaluation unless the academic program is authorized by BGC or through a BGC-recognized accreditation agency to issue BGC verification statements. (Note: BGC verification statements streamline and shorten the review for applicants. Please contact your program director to find out if verification statements are available for you.)

Unacceptable Records:

  • Advance travel purchases
  • Event agenda, programs, conference schedule, or presentation slides
  • BGC Letter of Award (for CM points)
  • Event badges if distributed prior to the event
  • Airline boarding passes are acceptable for the days of travel but are not sufficient for a multi-day conference

QEP Category 5 – Teaching or Presenting

CM Credit Points
Venue  Delivery  Then Claim Minimum Required Maximum Counted
Conference or Meeting Live or virtual presentation1 as author or co-author of a technical paper or extended abstract 3 points / Presentation None None
Static display2, e.g., poster 3 points / Poster None None
Panel session member 3 points / Session None None
University or College Teaching as adjunct faculty 1 points / 3 Hours None 10 points / Year
Certificate Training Teaching a certificate review course for accredited credentials (e.g., QEP, CIH, CPEA, CHMM, etc.)3 2 points / Course None 6 points / Year
1Typically, a podium-style presentation.
2A poster session where the author is not required to speak or be present. If required to speak or be present for Q&A, it is considered to be a live presentation, not a static poster session.
3BGC Diplomates are prohibited from revealing BGC examination content.


The subject matter must be Environmental or related content, which means that it aligns with the QEP Exam Blueprint/Body of Knowledge. Teaching or presenting must be outside of the Diplomate’s organization and primary job responsibilities. For example, an academic teacher could not claim Category 5 CM credit when teaching at their university, but they could claim credit when teaching an external professional development session at a national conference (because it is outside their primary organization and job description).

Diplomates whose primary job is as a consultant are bound to the same rules. In general, consultants usually may claim CM credit for any conference presentation; however, teaching can typically only be claimed if it:

  • Is not part of the range of services offered by the consultancy, or
  • Is part of the range of offered services but was offered without compensation.

Sales, advertising, and marketing presentations soliciting the audience to purchase the consultant’s products or services are not eligible for Category 5 CM credit.

Diplomates should also avoid double-dipping, i.e., claiming recertification hours when both presenting (Category 5) and participating (Category 4) at the same event.


Acceptable records include but are not limited to:

  • Evidence in the form of an agenda, schedule, or proceedings showing name, topics, dates, and times
  • Sponsor acknowledgment indicating length and topic of the presentation

QEP Category 7 – Other Approved Activities

Activity Claim Maximum Points Counted
Professional Memberships (National or International) 1 point per membership None
Professional Memberships (Local or Regional) 0.5 points per membership None


Credit is provided for membership in environmentally-related professional societies or associations such as Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), The National Association for EHS&S Management (NAEM), Water Environment Federation (WEF), etc.

Note: The Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) is not a member organization; therefore, holding the QEP or any other BGC credential or designation does not make one eligible for credit points under this category.


Documentation of membership includes documents from the organization to the member showing the dates of membership such as a member ID card, letter confirming annual membership dues, member rosters, etc.


Submitting acceptable QEP Exam questions 0.5 point per question 5 points per year


QEPs may submit questions to be included on future QEP examinations. Question writers should follow best practices for developing certification exam questions and must include source references. 0.5 points will be awarded for each question accepted by the chair of the Examination Committee or BGC.

A maximum of 5 points may be awarded in the question writing category each year for a total of 25 hours for each 5-year recertification cycle.


Documentation of credits is submitted by the Chair of the Examination Committee or BGC Examination Director.


QEP Exam Proctor or Panelist 1 point per exam None


Proctors are persons authorized by BGC to administer or supervise an examination but do not evaluate the competence of the examinee. Exam Panel members conduct assessments to determine the eligibility of the examinee to be awarded a credential.


Documentation of credits is submitted by the Chair of the Examination Committee or BGC Examination Director.


Pro-bono Environmental Presentations to schools, public, or civic audiences 1 point per presentation 5 per year
Pro-bono Related Community/Professional Volunteering 1 point per hour 5 per year


Credit will be awarded for environmentally-related volunteer activities (not for pay or part of regular job duties) within, or for, an organization possessing an environmental focus, including environmental public agencies, advisory boards, citizens groundwater advisory groups, county toxic chemical advisory panels, homeland security, emergency response, public safety, public health mission, disaster sites, local emergency training, or special events with an environmental theme: science fairs, schools, public events or civic events.

Credits are awarded for activities that specifically involve the development or significant improvement of the beneficiary organization’s abilities to audit or assess the effectiveness of its program(s). For example, for participation in a community or regional public health emergency preparedness drill, credit would be awarded for the development or improvement of methods to assess the effectiveness of the various components of the emergency drill and identify prioritized opportunities for improvement or for the implementation of such systems.


Documentation of the volunteer activity should be obtained in the form of a letter or other written correspondence from the supervisor or director of the volunteer organization or activity, to be maintained by the applicant for re-certification.


Formal Mentoring 1 point / 3 months for each Mentee 6 points per Year


A Mentoring program for Environmental Professionals In-Training (EPI) must meet the following conditions:

1) There is an overall Coordinator who:

  • Documents the mentoring program including objectives, Mentor training requirements (if any), time tracking and assessment means, and administrative procedures.
  • Evaluates the mentoring activity.
  • Provides evidence (e.g., certificate or letter) of mentoring program completion.

There is a Mentor (typically, this is the QEP) who:

  • Mentors a person outside of the Mentor’s normal job responsibilities, supervisory or administrative reporting lines.
  • Keeps track of mentoring time.
  • At a minimum, mentors on the QEP Exam Blueprint/Body of Knowledge.


Acceptable records include but are not limited to: certificate or letter of mentoring program completion from the Mentoring Program Coordinator.


Other Professional Certifications 5 points per certification None


New (first-time) certification in an area related to the environmental field occurring after attainment of the QEP. Each certification passed in a year is awarded 5 points, which is counted only once when the certification is initially awarded.

The following certification exams are noted as meeting the eligibility criteria set by BGC:

Certification Abbrev. Granting Body
Certified Chemical Engineer CChE American Institute of Chemists
Diplomate of Environmental Engineering DEE American Academy of Environmental Engineers
Certified Engineering Geologist CEG Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG)
Certified Environmental Professional CEP Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP)
Certified Health Physicist CHP Health Physics Society (HPS)
Certified Consulting Meteorologist CCM American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Certified Professional Geologist CPG American Institute of Professional Geologists (APIG)
Certified Industrial Hygienist CIH Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC)
Certified Professional Chemist CPC American Institute of Chemists
Certified Professional Soil Scientist CPSS American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils
Professional Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist PH American Institute of Hydrology (AIH)
Certified Environmental Trainer CET National Environmental Training Association
Professional Geologist PG State Board of Geology
Engineer-in-Training EIT Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
Professional Engineer PE Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
Certified Safety Professional CSP Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
Certified Groundwater Professional CGWP Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers
ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems Auditor (any one level only) EMS Any National/International Certification Body
Environmental Compliance Auditor (any one level only)   Any National Certification Body


Acceptable records include but are not limited to documentation of certification from the credentialing organization.