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Preparing for the REM Exam to Become a Registered Environmental Manager

Updated on January 18, 2012

The National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) has a REM certification and exam program. Those who pass this REM test can get certified by NREP as a Registered Environmental Manager. This certification is valuable for people having or starting a career in environmental health, science, and safety. The REM exam also covers project management and other leadership tasks. Accordingly, it can increase your chances of getting lucrative leadership positions in environmental science.

Those seeking to get REM certification from NREP should be aware that the exam, by itself, costs $300, as of August 2011. If you intend to get involved and become a Registered Environmental Manager, you should take the process seriously, including purchasing the REM exam preparation resources detailed below. Otherwise, you could spend a good deal of money and end up getting nothing out of it.

Thankfully, there is a specific REM study guide offered by the National Registry of Environmental Professionals. The current price is not released at the present time, but you may call for details. Use the following information to order the REM study guide.

Michelle Gagnon, a staff member at the IHS global information company, is the point of contact for the study guide. You can either call 303-217-5633 or mail to Michelle Gagnon, IHS, 15 Inverness Way East, Englewood, CO 80112. Michelle can also be reached at michelle.gagnon at

You could also attend a workshop that includes both REM and CESM (Certified Environmental Systems Manager). As of August of 2011, the fee is $895. This is not necessary if you happen to be good at self-study, but you should probably at least get the study guide to know what to study for the exam.

The REM Exam Candidate Handbook is somewhat helpful. It provides a list of references, many of which are federal laws or environmental regulations and can be searched for and studied online for free. The handbook also has some practice questions and an exam content outline.

Caution: You must have 5 years of environmental work experience and a bachelor's degree in an environmental discipline to get certified by NREP as a Registered Environmental Manager. Read the Candidate Handbook for full details.


NREP: Registered Environmental Manager Exam Study Guide

NREP: REM Test Candidate Handbook


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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      I've looked into becoming a REM but am not really sure of its value as very few people I know have even heard about it. However I will probably take the exam someday anyways.