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BEAC is an independent, nonprofit corporation established in 1997 to issue professional certifications relating to environmental, health, and safety auditing and other scientific fields. BEAC was originally created as a joint venture between The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) and the Auditing Roundtable, Inc.(Roundtable).

BEAC is a member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a third-party accreditation board. The CESB has granted full accreditation to BEAC's Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) certification.

Mission Statement:

To enhance the professional practice of EH&S auditing and reliability of audit results through an accredited auditor certification program and professional EH&S auditing standards.

Vision Statement :

BEAC’s vision is to be the recognized global leader in EH&S auditor certification. BEAC aspires to enable organizations to improve EH&S performance by:

  • Attracting all EH&S auditors to become certified,
  • Being the preferred choice for EH&S auditor certification,
  • Increasing stakeholder demand for certified EH&S auditors, and
  • Increasing competency of EH&S auditors


  • BEAC certification demonstrates the competency, professionalism, and ability of EHS auditors.
  • BEAC certification is fully accredited by the Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
  • BEAC CPEAs are recognized by The Institute of Internal Auditors for their professional accomplishments.
  • BEAC CPEAs qualify for Professional Membership status with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
  • BEAC's parent organizations, The IIA and the AR, are membership organizations which provide a valuable service to the certification process. They provide their members with a variety of services, including journals, conferences, continuing education courses, books, and many other valuable services for EHS and other auditing professionals.
  • Who employs CPEAs? Over 700 companies! See the list.

Highlights of BEAC and the CPEA certification include:

  • American Chemistry Council (ACC) - Memorandum of Understanding for Responsible Care Management System
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) - Letter of Agreement
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) - Letter of Agreement; CPEAs qualify for professional member status
  • Auditing Association of Canada (AAC) - Declaration of Cooperation
  • Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) - Full accreditation of CPEA designation
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - Organizational Stakeholder
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) - Professional recognition credit for the CIA exam, Part IV
  • National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) - Organizational member
  • U. S. Department of Energy Greenhouse Gas Emission reporting - certification meets the requirement for independent verification of Greenhouse Gas reporting (CFR Title 10, section 300.11)

Applicants may be granted the CPEA in one or more areas of specialty - Management System, Environmental Compliance, Health & Safety, and Responsible Care®. In addition, in 2012 BEAC developed a Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) program.

Please review the specific qualification criteria page for application and forms.

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