How to Become an Environmental Health Practitioner
1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree (4 Years)
A four year college degree with a scientific major is required for this profession. For those pursuing a career in environmental health, it is advisable to acquire a degree from an accredited environmental health program.
Accreditation is highly esteemed by employers. In fact, students from accredited programs are the only ones eligible to take part in the US Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps Officer Student Extern Training Program.
The only accreditation body in this field is the National Environmental Health Science Protection Accreditation Council.
The preparation timeline below provides an example curriculum:
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2. Earn the Required Certification
Depending on the chosen field and/or location, earning a certification is sometimes necessary to be fully qualified for a position. The National environmental Health Association offers a myriad of credentials including:
- Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) Credential
- Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Credential
- Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) Credential
- Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS) Credential
- Certified Installers of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) Credential
- Certified Environmental Health Technician (CEHT) Credential
Each certification has eligibility requirements and an exam that must be passed. Review the materials above for more information about how to become certified in your selected field.