How do I become an EHO?
To qualify as an EHO in Scotland requires academic study and structured professional practice training.
Acceptance onto a REHIS-accredited MSc or BSc (Hons) Environmental Health degree course. The admission requirements will vary and full details on entry requirements is available from each university.
Structured professional practice training must also be undertaken. The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Scheme of Professional Practice requires the completion of a Portfolio through learning in a relevant work environment.
This can be undertaken through a formal training placement with a local authority or by gaining experience learning from a number of relevant organisations.
You may be able to carry out the training in vacation periods throughout the course of academic study (integrated training), or you may defer all training until the completion of academic study (end-on training).
You must register with REHIS at the commencement of your professional practice. On registering with REHIS, you will be given a copy of the current Scheme of Professional Practice which will guide you through the competences which require to be gained.
You will be required to develop a Portfolio in accordance with the requirements set out in the Scheme of Professional Practice.
The Portfolio will be assessed prior to you sitting the Professional Examination.
After obtaining the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health degree or MSc in Environmental Health degree and successfully completing the Portfolio you will require to pass the Professional Examination which assesses your professional competence in each of the programme areas.
On passing the professional Examination, you will be awarded the REHIS Diploma in Environmental Health the qualification required to become an Environmental Health Officer.
Is a career in Environmental Health right for me?
The academic knowledge, technical skills and professional competencies needed to qualify as an EHO will be acquired at University and during structured professional practice training. However your attitude and outlook on life are just as important! EHOs are public health advocates and educators and need to be broad-minded, approachable, flexible and persuasive.
The career is suitable for a person who
- wishes to contribute to the protection and improvement of public health in Scotland
- cares enough about the environment and its effect on health to want to do something about it
- is a good communicator and enjoys meeting and working with people from all educational, social and cultural backgrounds
- is sympathetic to the views of others and is prepared to listen to problems, work in a team, manage projects alone.
- is able to analyse and assess situations in real time and to be decisive in their actions
- works in collaboration with others to achieve strategic goals
- pays attention to detail and accuracy, and
- is keen to learn more and to develop their professional competence