ECO Canada to Develop National Certification for Greenhouse Gas Professionals

    CALGARY, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization)
is launching a project that will establish a national certification system for
greenhouse gas professionals in Canada. A partnership between ECO Canada, the
Standards Council of Canada, and the federal government, this project will
also document and define national occupational standards within the greenhouse
gas field.
    "Canada is responsible for ensuring that it has qualified people
evaluating greenhouse gas emissions," said Grant Trump, President of ECO
Canada. "By developing a competency-based national certification system for
greenhouse gas professionals that is recognized both nationally and
internationally, we are taking the first major step towards making sure that
    Set to launch in the spring of 2008, ECO Canada's national certification
system will ensure that greenhouse gas professionals possess the skills and
knowledge necessary for them to be consistent and accurate in their work.
Incorporating ISO standards, it will be developed after an intensive review of
international best practices and standards relevant to Canadian industry,
including extensive consultation with industry and government.
    "It's important that there be a way to show that a professional in this
field has met the conditions of a rigorous certification system," said
Bob Gill, a Senior Environmental Specialist from Manitoba Hydro. "This will
provide competency assurance for employers, practitioners, and industry."
    The certification will consist of a variety of demanding components,
including minimum education, work experience, and specific project completion
requirements. Once certified, members will be required to adhere to a code of
ethics, and must also demonstrate ongoing maintenance of skills and knowledge
through professional development activities and continued work in the area.
    "Certifying professionals in this field will have a very positive impact
on Canada's role in documenting greenhouse gas emissions," said Trump. "It
will allow Canada to create emission inventories that are realistic, accurate,
and defensible."

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For further information: Media Contacts: Megan Lappi, Manager,
Communications, ECO Canada, (403) 476-1950,

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