Environmental Analytical Chemist

The National Registry of Certified Chemists began a certification program for Environmental Analytical Chemists and Environmental Chemistry Technologists in 1997.

Education and Experience Standards for Environmental Analytical Chemist Certification

Applicants must meet at least one of the following education/experience requirements.

  • Earned associate’s degree with at least 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 3 years of employment experience relevant to environmental analytical chemistry.
  • Earned bachelor’s degree with at least 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 2 years of employment experience relevant to environmental analytical chemistry.
  • Earned American Chemical Society-certified bachelor’s degree with at 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 1 year of employment experience relevant to environmental analytical chemistry.
  • Earned master’s degree with at least the equivalence of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 1 year of employment experience relevant to environmental analytical chemistry.
  • Earned doctor’s degree with at least the equivalence of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry courses and a minimum of 1 year of employment experience relevant to environmental analytical chemistry.

Experience requirements must have been met within 6 years of the application date. (Other natural science courses may be substituted for chemistry courses at the discretion of Credential Committees or the Board.)

Acceptable institutions are institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada accredited by a regional accrediting association or whose pertinent program is accredited by a national accrediting agency.

Transcripts must be sent by institutions directly to NRCC.

Applicants with education obtained at institutions of higher education outside the United States and Canada must, at their expense, have credentials evaluated for equivalence by an acceptable evaluation agency for foreign transcript evaluations and such equivalency reports as to degrees and courses will be used to determine whether an applicant meets the NRCC standards for degrees and courses. Please see our FAQ page for a current list of acceptable evaluation agencies. Reports must show course titles and hours and must be sent by agencies directly to NRCC.

Examination Standards

  • Environmental Analytical Chemist examinations consist of 150 multiple-choice questions covering both the theoretical, fundamental, and practical aspects of environmental analytical chemistry.
  • The taxonomy method of Knowledge is used with Levels: recall or memory; interpretation or comprehension; problem solving or reasoning.
  • Questions are concerned with Safety; Sampling scheme; Chain of custody; Sample -integrity; Method of selection; Sample prep-sub samples; Calibration of instruments; Analysis; Analytical methods; Data calculations/treatment; Data reporting; Quality assurance/quality control; Sample and reagent disposal; data retention; Expert witness; and General laboratory procedures.
  • Examinations are developed by an Environmental Analytical Chemist ExaminationCommittee, appointed by the President. The Committee determines content areas and relative emphasis for each area. Questions may be solicited from practitioners from within and outside the Board. Questions are analyzed and edited periodically by the Examination Committees to ensure subject matter accuracy and relevancy. Questions are maintained in a database from which items are selected for each form of an examination.
  • Three hours are allowed for completion of an exam.
  • Exams may be scheduled on the applicant’s schedule with approved local proctors. We will be glad to help you locate one near you.
  • Answer sheets are scored in-house at NRCC. Reports of scores, along with normative data, are reviewed by the Board of Directors which sets the passing score for examinations. Candidates are identified in the scoring process by number, not by name. Pass-fail results are reported to candidates.

The current renewal fee for Environmental Analytical Chemist certification is $85.00 per year, or $230.00 for three years.

See the Fees page for information on testing fees and payments.