The Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) is a credentialing division of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC), an independent, not-for-profit certifying organization for the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and the Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) and other EHS credentials and designations (Bylaws). This credentialing program provides a meaningful certification that encourages environmental professionalism by asking certificate holders to live by a code of ethics, maintain a high quality of practice, continue to develop their career and give back to the community. IPEP strives to improve the practice and educational standards of environmental professionals around the globe through administration of these multi-disciplinary certification programs.
The Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) certification program evolved out of an interest among Air & Waste Management Association membership in a broad-based credential. A&WMA created a Certification Steering Committee in 1990 to research existing certifications and formulate a report on its findings and recommendations. A survey was conducted in the spring of 1992 among both A&WMA and non-A&WMA members which indicated overwhelming support among environmental professionals for a broad based, over-arching environmental credential. Following approval by the A&WMA Board of Directors, the Steering Committee incorporated to become the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP), an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(6), in March of 1993. The Steering Committee members became the initial Board of Trustees, and following discussions with several leading environmental organizations, representatives from those organizations also joined IPEP. IPEP dissolved as a separate legal entity and is now a credentialing division of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC), which was formerly known as the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH).