Environmental health practitioner

Environmental health practitioner

“An environmental health practitioner enables people to live and work in safe, healthy environment”

As an environmental health practitioner, most likely for a local authority, you’ll work in a range of settings, from residential situations to highly dangerous conditions, mainly in commercial and industrial settings. You’ll provide expert, professional and technical advice on environmental issues to other local authority departments, external organisations, members of the public and businesses. You’ll attend council committees, courts of law, tribunals and public meetings, all related to the prime objectives of your role, which is to promote a safe and healthy environment for the public and businesses, through education and enforcement. You’ll act as an adviser, educator, consultant and enforcement officer, enabling people to live and work in safe, healthy environments. Examples of the situations that you’ll face as an environmental health practitioner include inspecting food premises and workplaces for food safety and health and safety compliance, monitoring air quality, undertaking emergency interventions, investigating food fraud, dealing with rogue landlords, investigating food poisoning outbreaks, licensing tattoo parlours and investigating accidents at work. On completion, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental health or science.

Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and geography

Entry requirements: Three A-levels or equivalent

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum