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The CCHREI promotes national standards for environmental practitioners, employers and educators.
In response to the growing need to document environmental competencies, CCHREI began work on the "discipline-plus"-based National Occupational Standards (NOS) in the early 1990s.
By collaborating with national associations like the CSC, CCHREI hopes to provide chemists who work in the environment with greater professional credibility and begin to elevate the environmental profession in-step with its growing importance to the Canadian economy.
Yet, until very recently when The Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environment Industry (CCHREI) completed the development of its national standards, there was no existing accreditation that identified the unique skills, knowledge and competencies attached to environmental work.
Past chair of CCHREI's Board of Directors, and a certified CCEP, Robert McCharles, CET, CCEP, believes the certification program to be a "unique and effective approach to certification which steps into the future with an IT approach." Richard Boase, P.
They have guided the overall direction of CCHREI, including the development of the occupational standards.
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