American Environmental Society, LLC
Certified Environmental Assessor (CEnvA) TM
The Certified Environmental Assessor (CEnvA)TM designation is for environmental practitioners who conduct Phase I environmental site assessments (see description later below) in the United States or outside the United States following American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and meet at least the minimum requirements of the definition of Environmental Professional as defined in §312.10 of 40 CFR Part 312. CFR pertains to the United States Code of Federal Regulations. The 2012/2013 California budget removed the Registered Environmental Assessor (REA) Program from statute, effective July 1, 2012. The California REA Program was created in 1987 to provide qualified environmental professionals to help businesses comply with environmental standards. In November 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “All Appropriate Inquiries” (AAI) (§312.20 of 40 CFR Part 312) final rule became effective. It is up to the Environmental Professional to ensure that they meet and follow the federal requirements. The CEnvATM title assures that the designee meets and follows the United States federal requirements for Environmental Professionals and fills the void left by the discontinuation of the California REA Program. The CEnvA TM designation is not exclusive or limited to those who practice in the United States but is available to any environmental professional anywhere in the world who meets the qualifications. Below is the definition of Environmental Professional according to §312.10 of 40 CFR Part 312. For those who are based outside the United States and are seeking the CEnvA TM designation, any reference to Professional Engineer's or Professional Geologist's license or registration would pertain to equivalent license or registration in their home country.
Environmental Professional (as defined in §312.10 of 40 CFR Part 312 ) means:
(1) A person who possesses sufficient specific education, training, and experience necessary to exercise professional judgment to develop opinions and conclusions regarding conditions indicative of releases or threatened releases (see § 312.1(c)) on, at, in, or to a property, sufficient to meet the objectives and performance factors in § 312.20(e) and (f).
(2) Such a person must:
(i) Hold a current Professional Engineer's or Professional Geologist's license or registration from a state, tribe, or U.S. territory (or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) and have the equivalent of three (3) years of full-time relevant experience; or
(ii) Be licensed or certified by the federal government, a state, tribe, or U.S. territory (or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) to perform environmental inquiries as defined in § 312.21 and have the equivalent of three (3) years of full-time relevant experience; or
(iii) Have a Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a discipline of engineering or science and the equivalent of five (5) years of full-time relevant experience; or
(iv) Have the equivalent of ten (10) years of full-time relevant experience.
(3) An environmental professional should remain current in his or her field through participation in continuing education or other activities.
For the CEnvA TM designation, AES requires the following:
United in the Study, Management, Preservation and Protection of the Environment