SEA Accredited Professionals are recognised for their up-to-date knowledge and experience within the field of sustainability in event management and their competency to advise, assess or train others.
The accreditation process happens in four phases:
- Submission of experience details (online form)
- Undertaking a written short answer examination (online exam)
- Contributing to the knowledge base on the SEA website
- Participating in an industry forum, speaking engagement, expert panel or master class on event sustainability.
Requirements to become accredited
- have a minimum of 24 months demonstrated sustainability-in-event-management practice which includes planning and delivery, including onsite operations.
- have held an operational role with responsibilities and decision-making authority on event planning and delivery.
- have gained required experience through professional experience or a combination of professional experience and education.
- have an understanding of sustainable development principles as they relate to event production.
- have the competency to identify sustainability issues as they relate to event management and to develop plans of action to deliver improved sustainability performance.
- have an understanding of the administrative, technical and regulatory requirements that are applicable to sustainability in event management
Event organisers are able to search for current SEA Accredited Professionals and be confident they have the very latest knowledge and skills to work, consult, audit or train in the field of sustainability in event management.
Step One – Join the SEA
Only members of the SEA may apply to be an SEA Accredited Professional. Please join and/or sign in, to access the next steps of the accreditation process. Join the SEA here.
Step Two – Fill out the Application Form
First step is to let us know all about you, your previous history, types of events you’ve worked on and things you’ve achieved. Also whether you are an in-house sustainability manager, consultant, trainer, auditor or sector specialist.
Apply to become an SEA Accredited Professional here.
Step Three – Take the Online Examination
The next phase of accreditation is to take an online examination. This is ‘open book’ style, however must be undertaken in a 24 hour period. There are 69 questions in all across the following subject areas. Each section is a separate form so you can have breaks between sections and also to lower the risk of losing answers if you have a power failure. Subjects include:
Sustainable Development, Stakeholders, Destination and Venue, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Purchasing, Waste, Water & Amenities, Transport, Community, Biodiversity, Economic, Systems, Performance Measurement & Reporting.
All answers are confidential and if not passed, the exam can be taken again in three month’s time.
Step Four: Get Listed on the Database
Next is to contribute new knowledge, as case study, discussion paper, research or other knowledge for SEA members and the industry at large. You will be contacted after completing the online examination to discuss what you will contribute.
Step Five: Get the Logo
After review of your application, online examination and knowledge bank contribution, you will then be approved as an SEA Accredited Professional and authorised to use the recognition logo. Access the database of SEA Accredited professional here.
Please note this program is in pilot phase and we are refining and developing the accreditation program and requirements. If you would like to contribute to this program’s development, please contact us.