CEP in Training (CEP-IT)

The Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) administers the Certified Environmental Professional In Training (CEP-IT) Program which prepares those persuing advancement in the environmental profession. Those individuals awarded the Certified Environmental Professional credential may use the designation "CEP-IT" after their name.


To receive a CEP In-Training Certificate, individuals must:

Submit an on-line application form by either clicking on APPLY NOW below, or dowload this web-link for the CEP IT Application Form.

If you use the Application Form, enclose 1/2 the application fee of a CEP ($62.50).

Submit a transcript demonstrating possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university in an appicable field (same as CEP).

Sign the ABCEP Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Provide a minimum of 3 references.

CEP IT MENTORING PROGRAM: As soon as a CEP-IT's application is deemed completed, the Executive Administrator will notify the chair of the Mentor Committee who will assign a CEP mentor to that individual. The mentoring program provides candidates for the CEP-IT know they have support and a point of contact during their application process. The mentor's role is to be there for these individuals and to answer questions so that they do not lose intrerest in pursuing the CEP-IT. The CEP-IT may contact the mentor as needed to discuss progress, to solicit feedback regarding the CEP-ITs career, and to obtain suggested opportunities for growth.

REDUCED REQUIREMENTS FOR CEP: If an individual receives a CEP-IT and maintains the status for at least three years, CEP requirements for total experience are reduced by one year. The minimum number of years in a position of responsible charge and/or responsible supervision required for CEP certification would not be reduced.

Example: A person with a bachelor's degree and from 0-5 years of experience applies for a CEP-IT. After maintaining the CEP-IT for 3 years, if the person has a total of 8 years of experience with at least 5 years in a position of responsible charge and/or supervison, the person could apply for the CEP. Without having the CEP-IT the person would have to wait an additional year.

Those CEP applicants who are not certified because of a lack of experience will be offered the option of becoming a CEP-IT.

EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS: Each applicant is evaluated by the Executive Administrator. The Executive Administrator is responsible for determining the qualifications of each applicant and grants or denies CEP-IT certification based upon the information provided.

The Academy and the certification program are operated in accordance with federal policies, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin.

The applicant must subscribe to the ABCEP Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Environmental Professionals.

Please CONTACT ABCEP if you have any questions regarding the CEP IT Program.


  •  Electronic newsletter.

  •  Access to CEP website.

  •  Access to CEP Board meetings.

  •  Notices of CEP member meetings.

  •  Notification to existing and potential employers that the CEP-IT is recognized by the environmental profession.

  • Better understanding of the environmental profession.

  • Contacts that will reduce effort needed to become a CEP.

  • Enhanced personal qualifications on proposals submitted to clients.

  • Enhanced opportunities to participate on ABCEP commitees and at ABCEP events.

  • Authorization by ABCEP to put CEP-IT on business cards, resumes, and signature title.

  • Increased salary for organizations that reward staff with professional certifications.

  • Increased potential for career advancement.