Environmental Analytical Technologist


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE STANDARDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

-Academic training (no degree) with at least 10 semester hours (15 quarter hours) in chemical, physical, biological, industrial hygiene, environmental, or health and safety sciences from an institution acceptable to the Board and at least 5 years of employment 
experience relevant to environmental analytical chemistry.

-Earned associate's degree with at least the equivalence of 10 semester hours (15 
quarter hours) of chemistry courses from an institution acceptable to the Board and a minimum of 4 years of employment experience relevant to environmental analytical chemistry.

-Earned bachelor's degree with at least the equivalence of 10 semester hours (15 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 master's degree with at least the equivalence of 10 semester hours (15) 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 doctor's degree with at least the equivalence of 10 semester hours (15 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 at higher education institutions 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. A list of acceptable evaluation agencies will be provided by the Board.

Reports must show course titles and hours and must be sent directly to NRCC.

EXAMINATION STANDARDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL TECHNICIAN

-Environmental Analytical Technician 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 Technician Committee, appointed by the President. The Committees determine 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 Technologist certification is $75.00 for one year, or $200.00 for three years.

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