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Environmental Management

  • Average Cost
  • Certificate Program
  • Format

    9-15 months

     Course Schedule

The Environmental Management Certificate Program will not be offered after the Spring quarter. Individuals interested in earning this certificate must successfully complete all program requirements by the end of Fall 2022 quarter. If you have any questions, please email


AEP Members Receive a 10% Discount

Please contact Student Services at (949) 824-5414.


Compliance with regulatory requirements, remediation, and planning for sustainability greatly influences corporate operational issues and business decisions. The Environmental Management program prepares professionals at every career level to meet the challenges of the expanding regulatory framework and the increasing need for sustainable and green initiatives in the rapidly changing environmental profession.

Who Should Enroll

Individuals transitioning into the environmental field; specialists and mid-level experienced professionals who want to enhance and update their skills and knowledge to be better prepared for additional technical and management responsibilities.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for environmental engineers in the US. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Median Salary
(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $137k)

Carol Kawa“I really enjoyed the Clean Water Program Regulations and Management course. At the end of the course, I was able to initiate and co-write an article with our firm’s stormwater expert to address the changes for the California Industrial Storm Water General Permit (IGP) requirements.” Carol Kawa, Senior Engineer
Environmental Planning Specialists, Inc., an affiliate of Montrose Environmental Group

Program Benefits

  • Learn about the roles of environmental regulatory agencies
  • Recognize the importance of multi-media environmental management
  • Understand the basic sciences influencing environmental and sustainability issues
  • Conduct environmental activities such as project planning and assessing compliance

Course Schedule

Prerequisite Courses

Introductory Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (3.00 Units)

Required Courses

Legal and Regulatory Framework for Environmental Management (3.00 Units)
to be scheduled   Online  
Chemical and Physical Principles of Environmental Management (3.00 Units)

Elective Courses

Environmental Management
Clean Water Program Regulations and Management (3.00 Units)
Air Quality Permitting and Compliance (3.00 Units)
Applied Dynamic Modeling for Wastewater Treatment Plant Efficiency (3.00 Units)

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Winter 2023
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jan 20 Apr 21 Jul 14 Oct 20
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 28 Jun 20 Sep 19 Jan 3
Courses End* (week of) Jun 6 Sep 6 Dec 12 Mar 13
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 25, May 30 Jun 20, Jul 4, Sep 5 Nov 11, Nov 24-25, Dec 23, Dec 26, Dec 30, Jan 2 Jan 16, Feb 20

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

One year of college chemistry; or completion of Introductory Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Chemistry X470, is required for the certificate.

A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of 15 credit units (6 required and 9 elective credit units), with a grade of “C” or better in each course. It is recommended that candidates complete the required courses prior to the elective courses.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. After completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate to receive the digital certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Fees for each course vary from $525 - $725 based on unit value. There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125, to be paid after your second class. Therefore, the entire program costs $4,975. Note that you pay for each class as you enroll, as opposed to the entire tuition sum at once. Please keep in mind that this cost does not include textbooks, which some of our instructors do require. Textbook information for specific courses can be found on our website on the enrollment page. Students may purchase textbooks from the vendor of their choice. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • It depends on how many classes you can take at once. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of 15 credit units (6 required and 9 elective credit units), with a grade of “C” or better in each course. It is recommended that candidates complete the required courses prior to the elective courses. On average you can complete the program in 12-18 months. Most students who work full time take one or two classes per quarter, depending on their work schedules and other obligations. You can take as many courses as you wish simultaneously, but we strongly recommend starting with one or two to ensure you have the necessary time to devote to the course(s).
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted before I start?
  • No. This is an open-enrollment program, and you will not have to provide transcripts or prove prerequisites before you begin.
  • Where can I find the course schedule? Do I have to take the classes in order?
  • The course schedule can be found here. You may take the classes in any order that you like. However, one year of college chemistry or completion of Introductory Chemistry of Hazardous Materials: Chemistry X470 is required for the certificate. If you feel you have prior experience in chemistry due to a course you completed previously or personal work experience we can do a background verification. Please share transcripts and/or resume outlining your work experience to
  • Do I have to take the prerequisite if I have equivalent educational or work experience?
  • One year of college chemistry or completion of Introductory Chemistry of Hazardous Materials: Chemistry X470 is required for the certificate. The program does have a prerequisite course in chemistry, which is offered in the SUMMER quarter term. You can choose to take our course or one with a local community college of your choice. If you feel you have prior experience in chemistry due to a course previously taken or personal work experience we can do a background verification. Please share transcripts and/or resume outlining your work experience to
  • Can I complete the entire program online?
  • Yes, this is a fully online program.
  • I've never taken an online class. How does it work? Is it self-paced?
  • No, the classes are not self-paced. Our online classes take place in an asynchronous online environment, meaning there will not be a day of the week or time of day that you will need to be online. You can log in when you have time to do so. However, the courses are structured week-to-week, from Monday to Sunday, and you are expected to log in multiple times during the week to keep up with class discussions and assignments. Some instructors may hold optional synchronous sessions which happen in real time. These sessions will be recorded and posted in the course for all students to access.
  • I am an international student / I am located overseas – am I able to enroll?
  • o Yes. As an open-enrollment program, international students are welcome in the program. Please note that if English is not your native language, enrollment in this program assumes that you have a working proficiency in English to allow you to engage in high-level academic discourse without any additional language coaching. If you are interested in taking the program fully online, you may enroll in courses via the Continuing Education website at your convenience and on a quarter by quarter basis. You are not required to have a student visa while taking online courses from your home county.

    If you wish to apply for an F-1 student visa to study in person at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE), you must formally apply to UC Irvine DCE's International Programs and request an I-20. Please keep in mind that not all evening certificate programs are available to F-1 student visa holders based on the availability of classes that meet on campus. We cannot issue an I-20 for fully online programs. Please visit International Programs or email for more information.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. While UCI DCE does not offer placement services, our certificate certainly puts you in a good position to find employment. Additionally, the networking to be done in the class can also be invaluable. Our advisors, instructors, and a good number of our students, are current professionals in the industry, and are an excellent resource for hiring trends and opportunities.
  • Is UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are affiliated with the University of California system of schools, and are accredited through WASC. DCE programs are all approved by the respective school within UCI. For more information, please visit UCI Accreditation.
  • What is the “declaration of candidacy”? When do I have to complete it?
  • The declaration of candidacy can be thought of as declaring your major for the certificate program. This lets our student services know that you intend to complete the entire program, and puts you on track for the certificate when you have completed all requirements. We strongly recommend that you complete the declaration of candidacy and pay the applicable fee before enrolling into your third class.
  • Are there scholarships or financial aid available for this program?
  • Since UCI DCE is the continuing education unit of the university, we do not offer/accept any federal financial aid or scholarships. If you take courses through us, you may apply directly to private lenders for funding. It is recommended that you begin the loan application process early as UCI DCE does not enroll students in courses until payment is received, and applying for a loan does not reserve a space in the course. For more information, please visit Student Loan Programs. If you have any questions regarding student loans, please contact Student Services at 949-824-5414. For more financial information, please go to Financial Information.
  • I can't find the answer to my question.
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact

Advisory Committee

  • Jeffery V. Dagdigian, Managing Partner, Waterstone Environmental Inc.
  • Ken Herrera, Manager, T&D Environmental Services, Southern California Edison Company
  • Betty Olson, Professor, University of California, Irvine, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Judy Yorke, President & Principle Engineer, Yorke Engineering, LLC

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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