Permanent EU EHO

We process applications from EU EHOs who wish to work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on a permanent basis in accordance with the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications 2005/36/EC and the associated European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007.

To work as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) candidates are required to complete a BSc (Hons) or MSc in Environmental Health at an institution accredited by us, complete a period of practical training and complete our professional assessments. When all elements have been successfully completed candidates are awarded the Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) which enables them to undertake environmental health enforcement duties. We apply the same standard when considering applications from permanent EU EHOs.

Before a Certificate of Registration can be awarded to a permanent EU EHO, we must consider the application to determine whether the application can be considered under the Directive and whether an applicant’s qualifications and practical training are comparable to an EHRB qualified EHO. The possible outcomes of the application are as follows:

  • If the EHO cannot be considered under the Directive 2005/36/EC no Certificate of Registration will be awarded.
  • If shortfalls are identified in the EU EHOs 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 EU EHOs qualifications and practical training are comparable to an EHRB qualified EHO the full Certificate of Registration will be awarded.
▼ Application process 

We consider applications from a permanent EU EHO in three stages. This flow diagram outlines the process. The stages and fees payable depend on whether qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHO, or if compensatory measures are required.

Stage 1

We consider all the information supplied in the application form. Initially 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 EHO. As a minimum, we are 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, we check whether a practical food inspection examination has been completed, or equivalent, which focuses on the identification and fitness of a range of specimens and appropriate interventions. 

We then consider any practical training and work experience comparing it to a UK EHO. As a minimum, we are 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 EHOs; 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.

We 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 two:

  • If the applicant cannot be considered under the Directive 2005/36/EC, no Certificate of Registration will be awarded by the Environmental Health Registration Board.
  • If shortfalls are identified in the EU EHOs qualifications or practical training a restricted Certificate of Registration will be awarded. The compensatory measures that would be required before the full Certificate of Registration could be awarded would be specified and the applicant would need to progress to Stage 3 to pursue these through either a period of adaptation or aptitude test.
  • If the EU EHOs qualifications and practical training are comparable to a UK EHO 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 have been completed successfully, the full Certificate of Registration would be awarded by the Environmental Health Registration Board.

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

 
▼ Compensatory measures 

Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP)

The PPP is based upon the concepts of experiential learning and reflective practice and requires candidates to undertake a range of interventions, develop a range of skills and reflect upon their experiences. The interventions and skills are divided into five Intervention Fields - Food Safety, Health and Safety, Housing and Health, Environmental Protection and Public Health. Depending upon the shortfalls identified in the applicants qualifications and experience one or more of the Fields of the PPP will be required to be completed as part of the compensatory measures.

The guide to completing the Portfolio, together with the Intervention Field matrices and questions and answers are provided below:

Professional Examination

There are exam papers in five fields of Environmental Health including Food Safety, Health and Safety, Housing and Health, Environmental Protection and Public Health. Depending upon the shortfalls identified in the qualifications and experience applicants may be required to complete a selection of the papers to obtain the full Certificate of Registration. Example papers can be found below:

Professional Interview

The Professional Interview is based on environmental health scenarios. Candidates are presented with three scenarios and are given twenty minutes to read and make notes. After this time they are required to prioritise the scenarios in terms of public health significance then select one scenario to discuss for the remainder of the interview. The assessment focuses on the candidate’s prioritisation, professional attitude and approach in dealing with the chosen scenarios, ability to determine an appropriate course of action and awareness of the wider implication surrounding the scenario.

Practical Food Inspection Examination

The food examination covers a wide range of specimens including fish and shellfish, milk and dairy products, meat products and meat preparations, fruit and vegetables and specimens demonstrating various processes and packaging methods designed to extend the shelf-life and wholesomeness of otherwise perishable foods. The assessments focuses on the identification of the specimens, knowledge of issues relevant to the specimens, judgements on the fitness and/or wholesomeness of specimens and the form of intervention that might be appropriate.

 
▼ How to apply 

To apply for registration with the Environmental Health Registration Board, complete and return the application form with fee and appropriate evidence. To help with the application process, guidance notes have been provided along with a decision tree, questions and answers and an example application form. Read the guidance notes and information as the application fee cannot be refunded.

Permanent EU EHO Application form (Word) (PDF)
Permanent EU EHO Application guidance notes
2011 Curriculum
Portfolio of Professional Practice  

 
▼ Questions and Answers 

Q: Why do I need the Certificate of Registration?
A:
The Certificate of Registration of the Environmental Health Registration Board is needed to work as an Environmental Health Officer in the UK.

Q: How much does it cost to apply?
A:
For current fees please see our Application Fees page.

Q: Where can I get help with my application?
A:
For help with your application, please contact our Education Team at education@cieh.org or +44 20 7928 6006. We would encourage you to review the information online and contact us to discuss any questions you have about your qualifications and experience before applying.

Q: How long will it take to process my application?
A:
We aim to process applications within four months, however if you fail to submit all the required evidence with your application form and we have to chase it up the process could take longer.

Q: What evidence of my qualification should I provide?
A:
You need to provide a certified copy of your Environmental Health degree or higher level qualification certificate, along with a transcript of the marks obtained. Full details of your Environmental Health course must be provided including the University attended, course title, length or course, mode of study, curriculum/syllabus/module descriptors followed and details of a contact person at the University. An example of a completed application form and the evidence required can be found on the how to apply page.

Q: What evidence of my practical training should I provide?
A:
You need to provide full details of practical training undertaken during or after the course including the logbook or portfolio completed during the training period (if applicable), references from your training organisation or confirmation of the practical training content from your university. A mapping exercise will be carried out to compare the subject areas and activities covered in your training with the Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP), details of the PPP can be found on the how to apply page.

Q: What details should my training organisation/employers references contain?
A:
Your references should provide full details of the subject areas covered, activities undertaken and your duties and responsibilities. An example reference has been included on the how to apply page.

Q: How long will the compensatory measures take to complete?
A: The time required to complete the compensatory measures will depend upon several factors including:

  • The number of shortfalls found when comparing your qualifications and practical training to a UK EHO – this will determine how many sections of the Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) you need to complete or how many exams you need to take.
  • The placement opportunities available to you when completing the sections of the PPP.
  • How long it takes you to prepare for the exam and interview.
  • The dates of our exam and interview sessions (usually held three times a year).
  • Whether you are successful in completing the assessments on your first attempt.

Q: Where can I find employment when I have the Certificate of Registration?
A:
Many Environmental Health jobs are advertised on the EHN jobs website at: www.ehn-jobs.com

Q: Where can I find employment if I don’t have the Certificate of Registration?
A:
You do not need the Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board to work as a Technical/ Scientific Officer and Many Technical Officer, Scientific Officer and private sector jobs are advertised on the EHN jobs website at: www.ehn-jobs.com You should contact the employers directly to find out the qualifications and experience they require for the posts advertised.

Q: I have not been awarded the Certificate of Registration – what are my options?
A:
If you have the qualifications and experiences required you could seek employment as a Technical/ Scientific Officer in a Local Authority, employment opportunities are often advertised on the EHN jobs website at: www.ehn-jobs.com 

Alternatively you may wish to enrol on a CIEH accredited BSc(hons) or MSc programme and take the CIEH professional assessments to obtain the Certificate of Registration of the Environmental Health Registration Board and work as an Environmental Health Practitioner.

Another option is enrolling on a course accredited by the Environmental Health Registration Board such as the Higher Certificate in Food Premises Inspection. Accredited Higher Certificate courses are aimed at Technical Officers working in a Local Authority and details of the courses available can be found on the qualifications page.

 
▼ Fees 

To apply for registration with the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB), a fee is payable at different stages of the application process.

The fee depends on whether the full Certificate of Registration is awarded at stage 2 or if compensatory measures are required.

The fees cover our costs to process and assess the application, the EHRB registration fee and our standard fees for assessments.

Current fees:

  • Stage 1: Comparison of qualifications and professional experience with UK EHO £450
  • Certificate of Registration £140
  • PPP Intervention Field £60 (with a potential requirement to complete up to four Fields)
  • Exam Paper £75 (with a potential requirement to complete up to four papers)
  • Interview £295 (required if you need to complete three PPP intervention fields or three exam papers)
  • Practical Food Examination (cost determined by external examination provider)

Read the guidance notes and information provided fully as the application fee is non refundable. 

 
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