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INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE: NEW CREDENTIAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS

 PITTSBURGH, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) today announced a multi-media, multi-disciplinary, board-certified credential that verifies environmental professionals' understanding of a wide range of environmental challenges.
 The Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) certification, as it is called, is the first and only credential of its kind.
 "The field needs a professional certification that identifies individuals who have not only an in-depth understanding of one major area, but also understand basic multi-disciplinary issues," said R. Nichols Hazelwood, Ph.D., president of IPEP's board of trustees. "They have to be able to look at and understand the bigger picture which includes multi-media impacts as well."
 According to Hazelwood, attaining the QEP certification confirms the depth and breadth of an individual's knowledge and increases marketability among clients and employers. Those who have earned the QEP credential belong to a network of highly skilled environmental professionals, much like engineers who have earned the Diplomate in Environmental Engineering from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
 Currently to obtain the credential, individuals must complete a one-hour oral exam that consists of an overview of the candidates' careers, a detailed presentation of a substantive project or program in which they played an integral role and questions related to technical, policy-oriented and ethical aspects of various environmental situations. Beginning in January 1995, applicants will be required to cochnology; the rema ining 25 percent will address the individual's area of specialization such as air, water, waste, health and science and policy and management.
 To maintain the QEP designation in good standing, individuals must be re-certified every five years. Re-certification requires evidence of continuing education and ongoing involvement in professional activities. IPEP will maintain a directory of individuals who have passed the QEP certification exam for distribution to corporations, government agencies and news organizations.
 IPEP is the certifying organization for the QEP and an affiliate of the Air & Waste Management Association. Its objectives are: (1) to improve the practice and education standards of environmental professionals who work with the technical, health and safety and public policy aspects related to air, land and water; and (2) to administer the QEP application, examination and certification process.
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