Canada defines standards for environmental practitioners

On September 10, 2003 The Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environment Industry (CCHREI) began the expansion and maintenance of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for environmental employment. The online survey validation will take place from September 10 to October 5. Environmental practitioners with five or more years experience are invited to validate their employment skills and knowledge online at:

Validation of the current standards will ensure that environmental practitioners across Canada are trained to the highest possible standards and that all emerging fields in environmental employment are recognized.

Introduced in 1997, the NOS have served as the foundation for Canada’s Environmental Certification process, self-assessment and recruitment tools and have influenced environmental education by providing a tool to monitor and refine environmental post-secondary programs and
training courses.

According to CCHREI, environmental employment includes
activities, which could relate to the governance of environmental activities, the supply of environmental products and services, or the development and dissemination of environmental knowledge may be
categorized in any of the following sectors:

a) Environmental protection,
b) Conservation & preservation of natural resources,
c) Environmental sustainability.

For further information, contact Adriana Saenz at 403-233-0748 or