BEAC (Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications)

BEAC (Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications)

The Board of Environmental Health & Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC) is an independent, nonprofit corporation established in 1997 to issue professional certifications relating to environmental, health, and safety auditing, and other scientific fields. BEAC is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). CESB has granted full accreditation to BEAC`s Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) certification. This recognition and accreditation is tangible evidence of BEAC`s commitment to excellence of its CPEA program and provides assurance to applicants, certificants, and employers of certificants that the BEAC CPEA certification program is operated consistent with recognized credentialing practices.

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Environmental
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Year Founded:
1997
Employees:
1-10
Turnover:
less than $1,000,000 US

BEAC has signed a Letter of Agreement with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and CPEAs qualify for ASSE Professional Member Status. BEAC has also signed a letter of agreement with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), whereby the AIHA recognizes and endorses BEAC's CPEA certification.

BEAC and the Auditing Association of Canada (AAC) have signed a Declaration of Cooperation to provide mutual recognition of certification and training programs. In April 2009, BEAC and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) renewed a memorandum of understanding giving BEAC an oversight role in implementing the ACC's Responsible Care® (RC) third-party certification requirements. BEAC is the only organization currently offering the RC Auditor examination.

BEAC certification qualifies for the U.S. Department of Energy's greenhouse gas emission reporting requirements.

BEAC certification exams are administered by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. The IIA is the internal audit profession's global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.

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BEAC is an independent, nonprofit corporation established in 1997 to issue professional certifications relating to environmental, health, and safety auditing and other scientific fields. BEAC was originally created as a joint venture between The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) and the Auditing Roundtable, Inc.(Roundtable).

BEAC is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a third-party accreditation board. The CESB has granted full accreditation to BEAC's Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) certification.

Mission Statement:

To enhance the professional practice of EH&S auditing and reliability of audit results through an accredited auditor certification program and professional EH&S auditing standards.

Vision Statement :

BEAC’s vision is to be the recognized global leader in EH&S auditor certification. BEAC aspires to enable organizations to improve EH&S performance by:

  • Attracting all EH&S auditors to become certified,
  • Being the preferred choice for EH&S auditor certification,
  • Increasing stakeholder demand for certified EH&S auditors, and
  • Increasing competency of EH&S auditors

The Value of BEAC Certification:

  • BEAC certification demonstrates the competency, professionalism, and ability of EHS auditors.
  • BEAC certification is fully accredited by the Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
  • BEAC CPEAs are recognized by The Institute of Internal Auditors for their professional accomplishments.
  • BEAC CPEAs qualify for Professional Membership status with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
  • BEAC's parent organizations, The IIA and the AR, are membership organizations which provide a valuable service to the certification process. They provide their members with a variety of services, including journals, conferences, continuing education courses, books, and many other valuable services for EHS and other auditing professionals.
  • Who employs CPEAs? Over 700 companies!

Highlights of BEAC and the CPEA certification include:

  • American Chemistry Council (ACC) - Memorandum of Understanding for Responsible Care Management System
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) - Letter of Agreement
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) - Letter of Agreement; CPEAs qualify for professional member status
  • Auditing Association of Canada (AAC) - Declaration of Cooperation
  • Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) - Full accreditation of CPEA designation
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - Organizational Stakeholder
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) - Professional recognition credit for the CIA exam, Part IV
  • National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) - Organizational member
  • U. S. Department of Energy Greenhouse Gas Emission reporting - certification meets the requirement for independent verification of Greenhouse Gas reporting (CFR Title 10, section 300.11)

Applicants may be granted the CPEA in one or more areas of specialty - Management System, Environmental Compliance, Health & Safety, and Responsible Care. In addition, in 2012 BEAC developed a Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) program.

Why choose BEAC certification?

Market research revealed that the environmental, health and safety auditing community prefers to use The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) and the Auditing Roundtable, Inc. (AR) joint venture to fulfill certification needs by a wide margin.  The BEAC's Board of Directors combines auditing and environmental management expertise that is unmatched in the global market. The members of The IIA and AR serve as  senior managers in their organization and as board members of the largest, most successful corporations in America.  In addition, BEAC is dedicated to serving the needs of environmental, health and safety auditors and ONLY environmental, health and safety auditors.

BEAC is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a third-party accreditation board. CESB has granted full accreditation to BEAC's Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) certification. This recognition and accreditation is tangible evidence of BEAC's commitment to excellence of its CPEA program and provides assurance to applicants, certificants, and employers of certificants that the BEAC CPEA certification program is operated consistent with recognized credentialing practices.

Who else recognizes the BEAC certification? 

The CPEA designation qualifies for professional recognition credit for Part IV of the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam, administered by The IIA. The IIA has over 150,000 members worldwide and is the most experienced and credible internal auditing association in the world. 

BEAC has signed a Letter of Agreement with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and CPEAs qualify for ASSE Professional Member Status. BEAC has also signed a letter of agreement with American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), whereby the AIHA recognizes and endorses BEAC's CPEA certification.

BEAC, The Auditing Roundtable, and the Auditing Association of Canada (AAC) have signed a Declaration of Cooperation to provide mutual recognition of certifcation and training programs.

In April 2009 BEAC and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) renewed a memorandum of understanding giving BEAC an oversight role in implementing ACC's Responsible Care third-party certification requirements. BEAC is the only organization currently offering the RC Auditor examination.

Demonstrating competency, commitment, and ability in environmental, health, and safety auditing is a key component in today’s business environment. By earning the Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA®) and Certified Process Safety Auditor™ (CPSA™) designations, you and your team will represent the exceptional knowledge, integrity, skill, and understanding of highly effective and fully qualified environmental, health, and safety auditing professionals.

There are five CPEA and CPSA specialties:

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Health & Safety
  • Management System
  • Responsible Care®
  • Process Safety

BEAC services are now administered online through The IIA’s Certification Candidate Management System and includes:

  • Program applications.
  • Exam registrations.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) reporting.
  • Secure credit card payments.
  • Annual renewal processing.

The CPEA designation is fully accredited by the Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). BEAC CPEAs qualify for Professional Membership status with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).