The new qualifications include clear environmental science and technology coverage and will enable environmental officers, compliance officers, technicians and field officers to measure and address enterprise impacts on air, water and other external environmental conditions. Other inclusions are implementation of legislation, development and implementation of policy as well as reporting requirements and development of strategic operational plans and procedures. There are three Environmental Monitoring and Technology qualifications each targeting a different level of focus within an organisation.
The new qualifications will address the skilling needs of technicians and paraprofessionals who:
collect, analyse and report environmental data
contribute to the assessment of environmental risks and impacts
develop and/or implement policies, management plans and strategies, and work practices associated with sustainable development, environmental management, waste management, pollution control, rehabilitation and restoration of sites, and catchment areas and regions
install, operate, and maintain new ‘sustainable’ technologies
monitor and report environmental/sustainability performance and compliance
improve the knowledge and skills of workers and community members about environmental management and sustainability.