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The Recognized Environmental Professional (REP) continuing education requirement exists to enhance the technical skills and regulatory knowledge of REPs through education and training relevant to the investigation, assessment and remediation of environmental releases.
The first recertification period is January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020. Use the REP Recertification Form to record completed PDHs that you attain by completing OPS-developed and externally-provided training and email it to OPS at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2021, for the first recertification period. OPS will notify REPs of their standing upon review of the recertification forms we receive.
Modifications to the continuing education requirement may be made for active duty in the armed forces of the United States and REPs experiencing physical disability, illness or other extenuating circumstances that affect the their ability to complete the required PDHs.
Failure to comply with the continuing education requirements will jeopardize active REP status and could result in consequences including, but not limited to, the following:
Examples of adequate records include:
While REPs must submit the REP Recertification Form (which summarizes the PDHs completed) to OPS by January 31, 2021, REPs should retain these additional records and make them available to OPS upon request.
Completion of OPS-developed secondary courses, roundtable discussions or training modules is not be required, but it will qualify for PDHs. OPS welcomes your input regarding course content, so please send us your suggestions.
OPS will offer workshop-style training classes in the OPS office. Required classes will also be recorded and offered online for those who are unable to attend in person.
The current course schedule is as follows:
REPs can earn externally-derived PDHs through the following activities:
REP External Training Activities
The following is a partial list of external sources that provide classroom and web-based modules that contain qualified continuing education training.
Contact OPS with any questions regarding qualified external training activities, as OPS has final authority with respect to approval of courses and associated PDHs.
Some activities do not qualify, such as OSHA Hazwoper Training and training that does not meet the stated objective of enhancing the REP’s skills in investigation, assessment and remediation of environmental releases.