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IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management (AIEMA)

This course is designed for those new to the environmental management profession. It’s the first step on the professional development track for environmental managers and demonstrates a solid foundation of knowledge in environmental management. This course is also great for people working in other professions, such as marketing or finance, to gain a basic understanding of sustainability that they might apply in their role.

IEMA is the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability. A year’s IEMA membership, which commences upon enrolment, is included within Make UK’s training course fee. During the course, you will be an Associate Applicant and when you successfully complete the course you will be invited to progress your membership. As an IEMA member you’ll get access to a range of resources, event invites, and networking opportunities.

Why choose Make UK?

Experience - We deliver more than 10,000 training days a year

Quality - We are a certified IEMA training centre and the only provider of the IEMA Diploma in the world

Flexibility - We offer tailored solutions and a range of delivery methods

Who are Make UK?

Make UK has been supporting businesses for over 125 years and we’re one of the largest training providers in the country.

Together, we help your business to perform and grow.

Benefits of IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management

Delegate benefits:

  • Obtain the knowledge and skills to begin your career in sustainability
  • Lead improvements in environmental performance and drive towards Net Zero
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification which leads to IEMA Associate Membership (AIEMA)

Business benefits

  • Drive the net zero agenda forward within your organisation
  • Improve environmental performance & demonstrate commitment to sustainability
  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

Face to face or online – learn your way


Taught with delegates from other organisations at one of our training centres, this rich learning experience allows you to get away from the distractions of the workplace, learn from your peers and focus on your qualification.

Virtual Classroom

For those who want a classroom-based course without the travel, our virtual classrooms provide an interactive online environment for our training programmes to be delivered at your home or office.


E-learning programmes that can studied at any time, from anywhere, from any device. This method provides the flexibility for you to study at your own pace and in your own learning style.

OnlinePlus +

Provides all the features and flexibility of an online course, but with the structured support of that a tutor provides via a series of scheduled webinars.


The training course is delivered specifically for a group of people at your company - either face-to-face at a time and place to suit you, or via Virtual Classroom. We’ll tailor your course content to your business, bringing it to life.


Course Overview

This course provides a foundation of environmental and sustainability knowledge to build on. Covering a wide range of environmental, sustainability and governance principles, this course will give learners an understanding of the breadth of the sustainability agenda, and the management tools and skills that they will need when working within this area. Once completed, delegates will be able to:

  • Outline the implications of global trends for the environment, for society, for the economy and for organisations
  • Outline sustainable business/governance principles and their relationship with organisations, products and services
  • Outline environmental principles and their relationship with organisations, products and services
  • Outline major policy and legislation and their implications for organisations, products and services
  • Outline major tools, techniques, systems and practices used to improve sustainability performance
  • Outline the role of innovation and other leading practices in developing sustainable products and services and providing sustainable solutions
  • Collect data, perform analysis, and evaluate information
  • Research and plan to provide sustainable solutions
  • Deliver effective communication and capture feedback
  • Engage with stakeholders
  • Outline tools and techniques that identify opportunities and risks
  • Identify and propose ways to improve performance
  • Support change and transformation to improve sustainability

How the course is assessed

Upon completion of the course, delegates will take a one hour, open-book, online multiple-choice exam. Upon passing the exam, they will receive a certificate to recognise their achievement, along with details of how to join IEMA as an Associate Member, earning the AIEMA professional suffix and all other benefits that come as being a member of a professional body.

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Find out more about IEMA Associate membership >

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.