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.

REHIS is a registered charity in Scotland, SC009406

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