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Cheah Gim Aik, from Kuala Lumpur, was the first LRQA assessor to successfully complete the IEMA Associate core environmental management module
Cheah Gim Aik, from Kuala Lumpur, was the first LRQA assessor to successfully complete the IEMA Associate core environmental management module

Press Release - 16 April 2008

Environmental management course wins backing of LRQA

A course that helps environmental managers gain an accredited qualification in their discipline has won the backing of one of the world’s leading assurance firms.

In an agreement between the University of Bath and Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), the company will promote the distance-learning course to its international workforce and clients.

Successful completion of the course leads to automatic Associate Membership of the internationally recognised Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) – entitling successful candidates to use the designatory letters ‘AIEMA’.

The part-time course – which forms part of the University’s Masters and Diploma level qualifications – provides an essential introduction to environmental management systems for professionals working in the field.

“The environment and especially energy use are major issues confronting organisations on a daily basis,” said Course Manager Dr David Hicks from the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

“Organisations increasingly have to deal with tightening environmental legislation and growing public concern.”

“Well-trained environmental managers are key to ensuring that organisations are equipped to deal with this important area.”

“The course helps them gain a professionally-recognised qualification and is ideal for developing a firm understanding of the principles and applications of the many management tools available to them.”

Robert Taylor, Head of Global Training with LRQA stated: “All of our environmental management systems assessors are required to be qualified to IEMA associate level. The University of Bath Environmental Management Course offers LRQA a global approach that works at both a local and a global level.”

The course covers areas including environmental legislation, impact assessment, clean technology and risk management.

It will enable managers to develop environmental policies, carry out reviews and respond more effectively to environmental challenges within their organisations.

The course requires around 100 hours of study but can be completed part-time over a 3-12 month period.

Already more than 80 LRQA employees have taken the course, which can be extended to Masters or Diploma level with further study.

The course has run since 1995, in which time it has been taken by more than 650 people, 73 of whom have gone on to complete the MSc.

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