Environmental compliance inspectors work for government departments to protect and preserve our environment and the public by ensuring that communities, individuals, businesses and provincial and local governments comply with laws and regulations that are intended to prevent or reduce pollution.
Environmental practices inspectors examine places of business, scrutinize permits, licences and records to ensure compliance with relevant national and municipal environmental practice requirements. They have to prepare, organize and maintain inspection records and produce reports summarizing requirements and regulations. Some examples of tasks that they perform are to:
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.
Compulsory Subjects: Mathematics (some institutions require Physical Sciences and / or Life Sciences)
Recommended Subjects: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Geography
Compulsory Higher Education
Degree: the minimum requirement for this occupation is a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, environmental law, or a related subject.
Postgraduate: a post-graduate degree is recommended for advancement into senior positions. Some positions might require registration with a professional association.
It is beneficial to have a working knowledge of environmental management systems, occupational health and safety systems, waste / wastewater legislation, statistics, and accounting procedures.
Possible Career Paths
A junior-level environmental compliance specialist is responsible for monitoring facility operations and preparing reports.
The responsibility of an intermediate-level environmental compliance specialist advances from monitoring facility operations to analyzing reports in order to identify cases of non-compliance and the appropriate enforcement. Other responsibilities include managing overall reporting and conducting internal audits.
A senior-level position requires establishing working relationships with regulatory authorities, and an integrated practice and knowledge of environmental regulations, reporting requirements, standards and codes.
• municipalities, big and small
• government departments, national or provincial
• local authorities
Environmental Assessment Practitioners of South
Interim Certification Board Secretariat
P.O. Box 1749
Tel/Fax: (021) 7890-1385
South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON)
Building C, Ground Floor
41 De Havilland Crescent
Tel: (012) 349-7722 Fax: (012) 349-7719
Department of Environmental Affairs
Private Bag X447
Fedsure Forum Building
315 Pretorius Street
cnr Pretorius & van der Walt Streets
2nd Floor (Departmental reception) OR
1st Floor (Departmental information Centre)
Tel: (012) 310-3911