The National Registry of Certified Chemists

Environmental

Exams for Environmental Analytical Chemists

Education and Experience Standards for Environmental Analytical Chemist Certification

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

  • Earned associate 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 least 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 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 doctoral degree with at least 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 or Canada must, at their expense, have credentials evaluated for equivalence by an acceptable evaluation agency for foreign transcript evaluations. The equivalency reports (degrees and courses) should be sent to the NRCC office and will be used to determine whether an applicant meets the NRCC standards for degrees and courses (education and training). Please see the FAQ page for a list of Board approved evaluation agencies.

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

 

Examination Standards

  • Environmental Analytical Chemist examinations consist of 150 multiple-choice questions covering 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 Examination Committee, appointed by the NRCC 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 Committee 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.
  • Once approved to sit for the examination, applicants may schedule the exam with a local proctor acceptable to NRCC at a time and location determined by the applicant. The candidate should sit for examination within 24 months of the application approval to take the exam. Failure to do so may require re-application.
  • All exams are computer-based, requiring an internet connection. Pass/fail results are reported immediately to the applicant and NRCC. Reports of scores, along with normative data, are reviewed by the Board of Directors which sets the passing score for examinations.
  • If the examinee fails to pass the exam on the first attempt, two additional attempts are allowed without re-application. If the third attempt is unsuccessful, applicants must wait at least 12 months to re-apply. Only one re-application is permitted per candidate.

Please see the Fees page for information on application and examination fees. For current certification renewal fees, please see the renewal form.

Phone

(610) 322-0657

Fax

(800) 858-6273

National Registry of Certified Chemists

Russ Phifer, Executive Director
125 Rose Ann Lane
West Grove, PA 19390

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125 Rose Ann Lane
West Grove, PA 19390


P: (610) 322-0657

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rphifer@nrcc6.org

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