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Certificate in Environmental Management (Level 3)

Course Overview

Environmental Certificate Online

Environmental Certificate Online,provides the ideal gateway to start a career in a wide variety of public and private industries.  Created specifically for those with no prior knowledge or experience in environmental management, the course guides candidates through the basic principles of the subject and associated issues of relevance, instilling the knowledge, skills and confidence required to pursue a rewarding career. 

Course content is split into seven easy-to-follow units which outline both the importance of environmental management and the role of the working professional. Candidates are first introduced to the concept of environment, along with some of the most pressing environmental issues the modern world faces - including global warming and threats to biodiversity. The units then move on to investigate exploitation of biological resources, before introducing candidates to the problems and challenges associated with urbanisation and agriculture, rounds off with an introduction to several key environmental management systems, ultimately priming candidates for positions with environmental protection agencies, nature conservation groups waste management organizations and many other employment opportunities.

Course Syllabus

Environmental Certificates Online: Key Topics

The course consists of the following seven units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Environment

In the first unit, candidates are introduced to the concept of environment incorporating theory on ecosystems, the food web and the food chain. The concept of the man-made environment in how it differs from and is affected by the natural environment is also introduced.

Unit 2 – Global Environmental Issues

The following unit focuses on worldwide environmental issues incorporating the most prevalent challenges and threats society faces today. Candidates are introduced to global warming, climate change and threats to biodiversity.

Unit 3 – Effects of Overexploitation of Biological Resources

Course content then moves on to the subject of biological resource overexploitation, discussing the causes, effects and potential solutions to this growing global problem. The third unit also introduces the topic of environmental protection.

Unit 4 – Effects of Urbanisation and Agriculture

The primary focus of the fourth unit is agriculture and urbanisation – specifically in relation to the problems and challenges created by both. Candidates are introduced to traditional and contemporary agriculture along with how the human environment is affected by agriculture.

Unit 5 – Environmental Planning

The concept of environmental planning and the evolution of environmental management represent the key topics covered in the fifth unit. Sustainable development as a concept is introduced along with the goals and fundamentals of environmental planning.

Unit 6 – Energy Management

Course content then moves onto energy management, incorporating essential insights on the subjects of ecosystem geography, recycling, the use of fossil fuels and general energy management basics. Unit 6 builds on the important teachings of Unit 2.

Unit 7 – Environmental Management Systems

In the seventh and final unit, candidates are introduced to a number of the most important environmental management systems currently in use. Along with environmental accounting and energy-efficiency, course content covers PDCA, EMAS Description, ISO Standards and more. 

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Brentwood Open Learning College have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood Open Learning College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

What is ABC Awards?

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Getting qualified in environmental management is all about pursuing the most dynamic and rewarding ‘green’ careers, spanning private and public sectors alike. Your credentials may prove helpful in the pursuit of various roles, including environmental scientist, environmental consultant, social scientist, PR specialist, environmental engineer, data analyst and countless administrative roles, with salaries ranging from £18,000 to more than £35,000 for the right candidates. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Candidates with a passion for ecology, conservation and sustainability
  • Anyone interested in a career dedicated to the environment
  • Candidates with a strong interest in science and ‘green’ matters
  • Entrepreneurs building or running their own green businesses
  • Candidates with a strong grasp of logic and good analytical skills
  • Creative candidates with established problem-solving skills
  • Those looking to make a difference and enjoy a rewarding career

Related Links:

Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 4)

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Explore several key roles in the environmental management sector
  • Study both the natural and manmade environments
  • Learn about key local and global environmental issues
  • Study energy management and urbanisation
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to make a real difference 

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