Non EU EHP - Application process

The CIEH considers an application from non EU EHP in three stages; the flow diagram below outlines the process. Applicants will notice that the stages and fees imposed will be dependent upon the whether their qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHP, or if compensatory measures are required.

Stage 1 - the CIEH will consider all the information supplied in the application form. Initially the details of the profession in the applicant’s country, such as the qualification process and any requirements set by the competent authority, will be reviewed. Then the level, duration and content of the applicant’s degree or higher level qualification in Environmental Health will be compared to that of a UK EHP. As a minimum the CIEH is looking for a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Health that involves at least three years full time study. The content of the degree will be compared to ‘Curriculum 2011’ which all UK accredited Environmental Health courses must cover. A mapping exercise will be carried out, mapping the curriculum, module descriptors or learning outcomes supplied by the applicant with the learning outcomes from ‘Curriculum 2011’. Additionally the CIEH will check that the applicant has completed a practical food inspection examination, or equivalent, which focuses on the identification and fitness of a range of specimens and appropriate interventions.

The CIEH will then consider the applicants practical training and work experience comparing it to a UK EHP. As a minimum the CIEH is looking for applicants to have experience in the five fields of Environmental Health covered in the ‘Portfolio of Professional Practice’ (PPP) which must be completed by all UK EHPs; these fields include Food Safety, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, Housing and Health and Public Health. Again a mapping exercise will be carried out, mapping the intervention areas and skills from the PPP with the information provided by the applicant in the form of a practical training logbook, employer’s references or job descriptions.

The CIEH will seek to verify all evidence supplied by the candidate with the application, including contacting the Institution where the Environmental Health qualification was obtained and all referees provided.

Stage 2 - There are three possible outcomes at stage 2:

  • The Certificate of Registration will not be awarded by the Environmental Health Registration Board if any of the following apply:
    • The applicant does not meet the requirements to practise as an EHP set by their competent authority.
    • The applicant has been prohibited from practising by their competent authority.
    • The applicant has not worked as an EHP for at least two years during the last ten in a country where environmental health is not regulated. (This will also apply if the regulation by the competent authority is not considered equivalent to the regulation by the CIEH).
    • The applicant’s qualifications and practical experience are so different to a UK EHP that the application is regarded as a mismatch.
  • If shortfalls are identified in the Non EU EHP’s qualifications or practical training a restricted Certificate of Registration will be awarded. The applicant will be informed of the compensatory measures required before a full Certificate of Registration can be awarded.
  • If the Non EU EHP’s qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHP the full Certificate of Registration will be awarded.

Stage 3 - The applicant could choose to pursue the compensatory measures through a period of adaptation or an aptitude test. The period of adaptation would require the applicant to gain further practical experience to complete the relevant sections of the ‘Portfolio of Professional Practice’ (PPP). If three sections of the PPP needed to be completed the applicant would also be required to sit the ‘Professional Interview’. The aptitude test would require the applicant to complete the relevant ‘Professional Examination’ papers where shortfalls had been identified. Again if three examination papers needed to be completed the applicant would also be required to sit the ‘Professional Interview’. For more information about the assessments please see the compensatory measures page. When the compensatory measures had been completed successfully the full Certificate of Registration would be awarded by the Environmental Health Registration Board.

Flow diagram - Non EU EHP Application Process for the Certificate of Registration
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