ALGA is committed to ensuring that the path for our members to become certified professionals is as smooth as possible. It is our aim to allocate any relevant CPD points, for qualifying ALGA events, in a timely and accurate fashion. From 2018, as a member only benefit, all claimable CPD points are tracked, related to involvement in and attendance at ALGA activiities. CPD points can be collected for attending (including on-line) short courses, conferences, meetings, seminars, Board and committee participation and also for presenting at conferences. Members are able (via their member login) to download a statement for up to any 2 year period, from January 2018 onwards.
In ANZ there is currently 2 main environmental industry recognised certification schemes, for those in the contaminated land and groundwater industry:
The CEnvP scheme recognises environmental professionals in line with their professional counterparts from engineering, accounting, planning and architecture, and provides a higher level of assurance to the community, employers, clients and professional associates.
The CEnvP scheme is Australasia's first accreditation scheme designed exclusively for environmental practitioners. Certification is open to experienced practitioners who have a minimum of five years relevant work experience and fulfil the set criteria.
Certified practitioners meet high standards of professional and ethical conduct. The scheme is now driving environmental practice to new levels, with CEnvPs being specified to carry out certain works on major tenders and projects, demonstrating that industry already recognises the importance of this post nominal.
The Soil Science scheme provides accreditation, for suitably qualified members of the Society, as Certified Professional Soil Scientists (CPSS). A CPSS is an accredited professional who has achieved the Standards for Professionals in Soil Science. CPSS's are recognised by their professional body as professionals who continually expand their knowledge and skills throughout their career, by seeking professional development opportunities.
The objectives of the Society include:
- further the expertise in soil science of members;
- provide a forum for discussion on soil science; and
- promote wise management of the soil resource throughout Australia.
Soil Science Australia also recognises CPSS accredited members in the Specialist Contaminated Site Assessment and Management (CSAM) competency area and the Specialist in Australian Soil Survey competency area.
A CPSS CSAM Specialist is a professional soil scientist with specialist skills in the assessment and remediation of soil, groundwater and vapour. A specialist in site contamination with soil science knowledge provides specific, unique skills and insights into site contamination, especially in relation to sampling and the soil physical, chemical and biological processes of movement and likely special distribution of soil contaminants.
An Australian Soil Survey Specialist is a professional soil scientist with specialist skills such as being able to undertake the systematic examination, description and delineation of the distribution of soils and ability to evaluate soil and landscape characteristics for a range of potential land uses. The skills and competencies listed in the Australian Soil Survey competency are skills that can reasonably be expected of a professional soil surveyor in Australia.