Green Element

IEMA Environmental Management System Implementation Course

Learn to implement an effective Environmental Management System

Online Course

Self-paced study

IEMA Certification

International certification

ISO 14001 Standard

International Standard

Non-certification Available

Course features below

What will you learn

This course provides the framework to make your organisation more environmentally sustainable and achieve environmental accreditation.

Our EMS course has been designed to guide students through the process to successfully implement an Environmental Management System and obtain ISO 14001 accreditation.

Obtaining your ISO 14001 certification is made easy with our video guides, data templates and gathering support handbook.

It is an online course, self-paced study, and takes our students an average of 1 – 3 months to complete.

What does the course provide?

Improve your brand reputation and minimise your impact on the environment by completing this course.

Who is this course most recommended for?

The Green Element Academy is a certified IEMA Training Centre

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the largest international membership body for environmental and sustainable professionals.

The Environmental Management System Implementation course has been built in accordance with the criteria established by IEMA to ensure it is of the highest professional quality. With this accreditation, we can provide our students with an international certification that communicates their commitment to safety and the reduction of environmental harm.

Our courses reflect our professionalism, expertise and offer great value.

What will you get if you enrol?

Private coaching calls

Two private coaching calls

To support you through the course, we offer two calls with our consultants who will support you in gathering data, your environmental strategy, and policy documents. Once you have completed the course content and sent in your essay, the consultants will review your essay, your own Environmental Management System and will answer any questions you may have. Please note this is for the IEMA certified course only.

IEMA Certification

Get your IEMA Certification

This course has been certified by IEMA, The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, is the largest professional body for environmental practitioners worldwide. After you complete the course, you will embark on your IEMA membership certification by taking its exam (60% of this is a written essay case study 1,000 word limit, outlining how you have met key learning objectives and 40% of the assessment is answering our multiple choice competency questions). You will have three months to complete your assessment to get your certification. After completion, you will be given a 50% discount on IEMA Membership.

Compare Your Footprint

10% off on Compare Your Footprint

Compare Your Footprint is the first comprehensive online carbon calculator which compares your company with others in your industry. Compare Your Footprint enables your organisation to report greenhouse gas emissions inventories and reduce energy, travel, waste and supply chain usage and costs, achieving better results than you would be able to anticipate. It can also help you report and adhere to Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) without the use of a consultant.

Sustainability Solved Community

Access to our Online Community Sustainability Solved

You will get free and unlimited access to a private channel created for the course. Within this space, you can discuss the questions and activities featured within the course with other individuals who are participating in the course. This channel sits within our Sustainability Solved Community, a free and neutral space for like-minded professionals to learn, share insights, and network. Through the bespoke academy channel, you will connect with others who are going through the same course to discuss sustainability, and the problems that you face, as well as share resources with the wider community, and much more!

Why train with The Green Element Academy?

As an environmental consultancy, we support a lot of organisations implement EMS systems and achieve an ISO14001 accreditation. This is our area of expertise, and we have put our knowledge and experience into this course to offer a high value and high-quality course to others. The course has been built to be engaging, easy to pick up, and inspiring. We are also a certified IEMA training centre.

Non-Certification ISO 14001 Online Course

If you are looking to upskill and obtain the knowledge to implement an EMS, but you are not interested in gaining the recognised IEMA certification, you can enrol on our non-certified ISO 14001 EMS online course. This course offers the same content as the IEMA course, but without the 2-hour private coaching calls, essay assessment, and no IEMA certificate. We will however provide you with a Green Element certificate upon completion of the course to evidence your personal development.

You can upgrade to the IEMA Environmental Management System Implementation Course to get the IEMA certification at any point.

Enrol now on our ISO 14001 online course for only £350– and 30-days satisfaction guarantee or request more information by clicking here.

What is in the Environmental Management System Implementation Course?

Once you have signed up you will have access to 18 modules specially designed to help you ensure your organisation reduces its environmental impact. You will have access to 20 different templates that will help you on this journey. The course should take anytime between one month and three months to complete.

Module 1: Project Strategy Planning
Learn about the foundations of ISO 14001 certification, as well as how to plan an environmental strategy for your organisation. Discover how to successfully plan your strategy, and in what order you should be performing tasks to complete this objective.

Module 2: Environmental Impact List
Understand the key industry terminology and how to identify the impacts of your organisation, record them in an impact register and rank their significance. Explore a case study with us to see some best practices, which will give you a good example of what you can do.

Module 3: Data Gathering
‘Data gathering is the process of collecting and measuring information on targeted variables in an established system, which then enables one to answer relevant questions and evaluate outcomes.’ Watch our step to step guide at tackling this important stage in implementing your environmental management system. Use our accessible templates to gather and analyse your organisation’s data.

Module 4: Setting Goals
Learn what business environmental sustainability means, plus review the Sustainability Development Goals through looking at a case study. Explore 3 keys areas to really help you identify and prioritise your organisation’s environmental impact. Use our tools to help you set your targets and objectives.

Module 5: Staff Training
Staff training should be considered in and should take place throughout the entire process, but it will be beneficial to be done early so that the skills learnt can be applied. Learn why it is important to train your employees on the fundamentals of environmental consciousness. We discuss the most effective methods for training your staff in the workplace, along with how to record the training as proof of compliance when pursuing ISO certification.

Module 6: Define Roles and Responsibilities
Learn about roles and responsibilities in managing an environmental program, why these roles need to be defined, how to identify the best people for each role, creating a roles and responsibility document, and what to do if the company structure changes or someone leaves the organisation. Hear about a case study from Green Element, the creator of this course.

Module 7: Implementing Changes
Learn about how your company can initiate change, what the potential barriers are, how to overcome these barriers, and a review of the nudge theory. Get ready for a lesson that will help you transform your organisation.

Module 8.1: Required Documentation
Explore the importance of the environmental documentation for your business and how to streamline and maintain the process. Learn about the must have documents, how to organise them using folders, and we will share several recommended examples of best practices. We will also be looking at how to maintain quality control of documents and keep a timeline of when it was updated.

Module 8.2: Communication Strategy
Communication is a critical aspect of any environmental management planning. Learn when communication should take place, what a communication register is, why this is important to use, and the types of communication that should be recorded. You will also learn how to present the information in a clear manner to reduce any conflict or misunderstanding.

Module 8.3: Create Environmental Policy
Learn how to maintain and keep your environmental policy and hear about an actual company’s experience. Explore the points that need to be covered in your policy and how to communicate it to staff and external stakeholders.

Module 8.4: Create Emergency Response Policies
Discover your role as an environmental manager in the case of an emergency that results in damage to the environment. It is important to be prepared for any eventuality. This module will help you set policies and plans to overcome potential environmental risks.

Module 8.5: Update Compliance Update Register
Learn what a compliance register is and how it’s used. Explore the difference between being compliant and non-compliant and the impact this can have on your organization. You will also discover what a legal compliance register document looks like and how this information fits into an EMS. We’ll look at what the ISO 14001 standard says about requirements to be legally compliant, and introduce some places where you can find information and further support. Lastly, we will look a case study and talk about the complexities of properties that double as housing.

Module 8.6: Update Website with CSR Plans
Discover what CSR is and why it’s needed. Also see how to ensure your company practices CSR and how you can best communicate this both internally to staff and externally to stakeholders.

Module 9: Internal Audit/Make Corrections
Learn about internal audits and why they are necessary in ensuring your organisation is compliant. You’ll get a chance to see what a real audit looks like and how to use these results to make any needed corrections.

Module 10: EMS Effectiveness Check
Explore a system for running an EMS effectiveness check within the context of operating an environmental management system. This is crucial for ensuring you pass your external audit and achieve ISO 14001.

Module 11: Management Review
Hear everything you need to know about management reviews, including when they should take place, how to structure them, what they should cover and who should be involved. We will also be discussing what will happen next, and what the management meeting means to the overall process of the EMS.

Module 12: External Audit
Find out why it’s needed, the steps involved in an external audit, how to use the results and some tips for making this a smooth and trouble-free process.

Module 13: Certification and Afterwards
Learn what the ISO 14001 certification is about, who provides this certification, what it looks like, how to use the results going forward and some next steps you can take as an environmental manager.

What do our students say about the course?

Lynn-Dickinson-EMS course endorsement

Incredibly generous toolkit

Lynn Dickinson, Head of Responsible Business, Emperor

“The Green Element Environmental Management – ISO 14001 online course did exactly what it said on the can – kept it simple, practical and achievable by providing an incredibly generous toolkit meaning you have everything you need to get started”.

Sarah Holloway EMS course endorsement I

Very clear and digestible

Sarah Holloway, Independent Sustainability Consultant

“It was very digestible. The modules were good length, like sort of seven or eight minutes at a time, which feels really good and really bite size. And I’d like to be held to account with some quizzes and things as well, just to make sure that I really was listening”.

Rachael MPashi-Marx EMS course endorsement

Better understanding of the elements

Rachel Mpashi-Marx, former Senior Consultant at Junxion Strategy

“I use the knowledge that I gained on a day-to-day basis working with clients. So, when we’re going through the environmental questions, I’ve got a better understanding of the different elements of how you can manage a business, the steps that can take and what they need to prioritise. In fact, it can be a way of engaging the whole organisation in different ways”.

Frequently asked questions

What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 60 days and we will give you a full refund.

How do I get the coaching calls?
You can contact us when you have completed the course and we will organise an online review at your convenience. Remember, you only get the coaching calls with the IEMA certified course.

How do I receive the 10% off
You will be emailed the discount code once you have signed up for the course.

Can I try before I buy?
Yes, you can find the first module for free here.

What happens if I fail the exam?
You can resit the exam once.

What happens if I fail the essay?
You can resubmit your essay, and get support from the consultants. For further information, you can read our policy here.

Can I complete the exam online?
Yes, the exam is online.

Do you offer this course in person?
No, we currently only offer this course online. If you would prefer a more thorough service, we recommend our Coaching Service (insert hyperlink to coaching landing page). This is more suited to larger organisations that have complex requirements.

Can I pay for the course in instalments?
Yes, for further information please contact our Academy manager: [email protected]

Will I get a discount if I buy multiple courses for my organisation?
Yes, please contact our Academy Manager to discuss B2B sales: [email protected]

How long does the course take to complete?
Our students take between 1-3 months to complete the course. The data gathering and input can be time intensive, depending on the size of your organisation.

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