Certified Air Quality Professional Overview

“Becoming a CAQP demonstrates that your skills and experience have been
certified by CASANZ—an independent, professional association.
This type of hard evidence is priceless when it comes to winning
over prospective employers and new clients.”

To become a CAQP today, complete the

Application form  

Accreditation as a Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) confers recognition, not only amongst your peers, but also throughout Australia and New Zealand’s broader scientific industry, that you maintain the highest standards of professional integrity, keep abreast of technological developments, and continue  your professional development.

CASANZ promotes our CAQP members to those in the air quality industry, including clients, employers, professional associates, and government bodies. The program ensures that talented, skilled and ethical air quality professionals are given due recognition.

Established in 2016, the program is Australasia’s first certification scheme for air quality practice, and one of the first of its kind in the world. The development of the program has already garnered support from a number of Government Departments.

Certified Air Quality Professional Overview

“Becoming a CAQP demonstrates that your skills and experience have been
certified by CASANZ—an independent, professional association.
This type of hard evidence is priceless when it comes to winning
over prospective employers and new clients.”

To become a CAQP today, complete the

Application form  

Accreditation as a Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) confers recognition, not only amongst your peers, but also throughout Australia and New Zealand’s broader scientific industry, that you maintain the highest standards of professional integrity, keep abreast of technological developments, and continue  your professional development.

CASANZ promotes our CAQP members to those in the air quality industry, including clients, employers, professional associates, and government bodies. The program ensures that talented, skilled and ethical air quality professionals are given due recognition.

Established in 2016, the program is Australasia’s first certification scheme for air quality practice, and one of the first of its kind in the world. The development of the program has already garnered support from a number of Government Departments.

The benefits of becoming a CAQP member include:

  • Demonstrable evidence that your skills and experience have been certified by CASANZ—an independent, unbiased third party. This type of hard evidence is priceless when it comes to winning over prospective employers and new clients.
  • Various opportunities to raise your profile within the air quality, and broader Australian and New Zealand environmental sector, all of which can play a major role in advancing your career. These opportunities include:
    • Editorial coverage and profiling in CASANZ’s quarterly publication, the Air Quality and Climate Change Journal
    • Editorial coverage and profiling in CASANZ’s monthly newsletter
    • Profiling via the CASANZ website, on the CAQP Profiles page
  • Representation of CASANZ within the Society, before government departments and bodies, for media interviews, and other activities where appropriate.
  • Use of the post nominal ‘CAQP’.
  • CAQP only events, educational forums, and networking opportunities.

We invite you to become a CAQP member and join other people that are committed to making a difference, not just for now but for many years into the future.

For further information about becoming a CAQP, download our Guide to Becoming a CAQP.

To become a CAQP today, complete the Application Form.

Air Quality Industry Benefits

For the air quality industry, CAQP certification can:

  • Help improve the image and public awareness of the industry.
  • Help promote the importance of the work being undertaken by the industry at large.
  • Help ensure that Australia and New Zealand has the best, most experienced, knowledgeable, and ethical air quality work force possible.

Employer Benefits

For employers, CAQP certification can:

  • Provide a best-practice, industry-standard means of evaluating the skills and experience of a prospective employee.
  • Reduce the costs currently associated with vetting the qualifications and experience of a prospective employee.
  • Demonstrate to clients that employees hold all relevant skills, qualifications and experience, and uphold the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour.

Become a CAQP

The status of Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) is awarded to members of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) in recognition of their expertise, achievements and commitment to excellence in maintaining and developing their knowledge within the air quality industry.

The CAQP program aims to promote the competence of our CAQP members to those in the air quality industry including clients, employers, professional associates, government and amongst peers.

The status provides a level of assurance that the credentials and peer recognition of the CAQP member, meets high standards of professionalism and ethical conduct. A CAQP member has confirmed their commitment to the CASANZ Code of Ethics.

The CAQP status is available to members who meet the criteria and continue to maintain their continued professional development.

To be awarded CAQP status, applicants must be an Individual member of CASANZ, or a nominated representative of an Organisation or Sustaining membership. All memberships must be current and financial.

For further information on becoming a CAQP, download our Guide to Becoming a CAQP.

Minimum Application Criteria

The status of Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) is awarded in recognition of expertise, professional achievements and a commitment to excellence in maintaining and developing knowledge within the air quality industry. CAQPs really are experts in their field.

As such, to qualify for CAQP status, applicants must meet a number of minimum criteria, which cover aspects such as education, qualifications, and work experience. In addition, applicants must also demonstrate that they carry out all work to a superior professional and ethical standard.

Minimum criteria are outlined below:

  • An Air Quality Science related degree and related work experience:
    • PhD or Masters Qualifications and a minimum of 2 years’ related work experience.
    • Degree Qualifications and a minimum of 5 years’ related work experience.
    • Diploma Qualifications and a minimum of 10 years’ related work experience.
  • Evidence that the applicant is a competent, ethical and respected member of the air quality profession to be supported by a minimum of two referees.
  • Evidence that the applicant is actively making contributions to the air quality industry.
  • A signed Declaration covering qualifications, experiences, ethics and commitment to ongoing Continuing Professional Development.
  • A signed application by the Proposer that supports the applicants’ statement.

Applicants who do not have formal qualifications (but have extensive work experience) may apply for CAQP status, but will be assessed separately.

CASANZ Membership

In addition, an applicant must be a CASANZ member to be awarded CAQP status.

A CASANZ member is recognised as:

  • Individual Member
  • Nominated Member of an Organisation membership (maximum two per organisation)
  • Nominated Member of a Sustaining membership (maximum five per organisation)

Application Proposer

A Proposer must support a CAQP application. The following people are authorised to act as a proposer:

  • CASANZ Executive member
  • State Branch President
  • CASANZ Fellow
  • CAQP Member who has held the status for a minimum of two years

For further information about becoming a CAQP, download our Guide to Becoming a CAQP.

To become a CAQP today, complete the Application Form.

Price & Membership Requirements

The total annual fee for a Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) is $295 which includes membership of CASANZ.

To be awarded CAQP status, applicants must be an Individual member or a nominated representative of an Organisation or Sustaining Membership. All memberships must be current and financial. 

 

Annual Fees Australia New Zealand/
Overseas
Application Fee (non-refundable) $60
($0 until 31 July)
$55
($0 until 31 July)
 

Individual Member

 

Organisation Member

 

Sustaining Member

 

 

$100

 

$195

 

$195

 

$90

 

$175

 

$175

 

 

All fees are payable in Australian dollars. GST is applicable to Australia only.

For further information about becoming a CAQP, download our Guide to Becoming a CAQP.

To become a CAQP today, complete the Application Form.

Code of Ethics

Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) status is evidence that the credentials and peer recognition of the member meet the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct. The program ensures that talented, skilled and ethical air quality professionals are given due recognition.

As such, all CAQP members must adhere to the CASANZ Code of Ethics.

The CASANZ Code of Ethics

Air Quality Professionals and Fellows of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand must agree to abide by the Code of Ethics, to the best of their abilities.

Associates and Fellows have a duty:

  1. To adopt high ethical and moral standards and act to ensure the dignity, standing and reputation of his or her profession.
  2. To act only in areas in which he or she has competence and maintain a commitment to professional development.
  3. To work to high professional standards and not compromise his or her professional integrity.
  4. To remain objective and truthful in all professional reports, statements or testimony.
  5. To strive for the advancement of professional understanding of air quality matters and contribute to the education of others in the Society, in other professions and associations and in the community.
  6. To undertake his or her professional work in a manner that will contribute to the conservation or enhancement of the environment.
  7. To uphold the safety and health of the community above private or business interests in the performance of his or her professional duties.
  8. Not to criticise any person or organisation to gain business advantage or detract from another’s reputation.
  9. To advise a client, employer or colleague of any conflict of interest which may influence judgment or affect the quality of service.
  10. Not to divulge information gained from a client or from professional activities unless approved by the rightful owner of that information.
  11. Not to use, without the owners consent, information or data derived or developed from another business or contract.
  12. To take personal responsibility for the integrity of data collected, advice given and reports developed and shall endeavour to prevent misrepresentation of that work.
  13. To promote the Society in a professional manner to colleagues, clients and professional acquaintances and not act in a manner which would bring the Society into disrepute.

Breaches to the Code of Ethics

The CAQP member must adhere to the CASANZ Code of Ethics.  Any breach of the Code of Ethics will be managed confidentially according to the CASANZ Ethics Policy and Procedure.

CPD Overview

The Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) program requires that members maintain the highest standards of professional integrity, keep abreast of technological developments, and continue their professional development.

The objective of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities is to expand or update the CAQP members’ knowledge, skills or judgment in their area of practice, which enables them to:

  • Maintain scientific competence
  • Develop or improve personal, business management and on-the-job skills
  • Retain and enhance their effectiveness in the workplace
  • Help, influence and lead others by example
  • Successfully deal with changes in their career
  • Better serve the Air Quality industry and community

In order to maintain the status of CAQP, members must accumulate a minimum of 10 CPD  (or part thereof) per membership year from their dates of certification.

CPD Log

CAQP members must maintain a Continuing Professional Development Log detailing their CPD activities and points. CPD Logs are to be provided to CASANZ no later than 31 March each year.

CAQP members who do not achieve 10 CPD points in a 12 month period will be requested to make up the difference within the next 12 month period. Failure to submit the CPD Log by the due date or to achieve the required points may result in the members CAQP status being suspended.

The CPD Log must be submitted along with a declaration that it is a true and accurate record.

CASANZ will conduct audits on CAQP members from time to time to confirm CPD Logs. Members will be selected at random and formally notified of the audit details.

Download a copy of the Continuing Professional Development Log.

CPD Points List

In order to maintain the status of CAQP, members must accumulate a minimum of 10 CPD points per annum.

CASANZ has pre-defined a number of activities, along with the specific number of CPD points that each is worth, as indicated in the CPD Points List below.

CPD # CPD Activity Evidence Points
1 CASANZ Training Course Certificate of Attendance 5 Points
2. CASANZ Workshop Certificate of Attendance 4 Points
3. CASANZ Webinar CASANZ Attendance List 3 Points
4. CASANZ Branch Technical Event CASANZ Attendance List (Signed) 2 Points
5. CASANZ Conference – Full Full Registered Attendee List 10 Points
6. CASANZ Conference – 1 Day 1 Day Registered/Attendee List 4 Points
7. Presentation of a Poster at a CASANZ Conference or Event 1 Day Registered/Attendee List 4 Points
8. Presentation of Paper at CASANZ Conference or Event Registered Attendance 6 Points
9. CASANZ Webinar – Presenter Published Program 4 Points
10. CASANZ Mentor Approved Mentor Status 6 Points
11. CASANZ Journal – Published a technical paper or article (including co-author) Published in Journal/Author Index 6 Points
12. Published technical paper or article in a recognised journal of a like association Evidence of the publication. 2 Points
13. CASANZ Society President CASANZ Office Bearers Listing 10 Points*
14. CASANZ Executive: Deputy President, Secretary or Treasurer CASANZ Office Bearers Listing 7 Points*
15. Branch President CASANZ Office Bearers Listing 8 Points*
16. Branch Committee Member CASANZ Office Bearers Listing 6 Points*
17. Chair or Deputy Chair of Special Interest Group CASANZ Office Bearers Listing 8 Points*
18. Special Roles, (such as review of materials, advocacy, specialist work as determined by CASANZ) Task Group or Panel 4 Points*
19. Community activities that support  CASANZ Vision and Objectives (such as volunteer services) As requested by CASANZ or endorsed groups 4 Points
20. Recipient of a CASANZ award including Clean Air Achievement, Distinguished Service Medal and Clean Air Medal. Certificate of Attainment 4 Points
21. Attendance at another conference or event, relevant to the environment profession, which supports the overall personal and professional development of the CAQP status. Certificate of Attendance 1 Point per event
22. Participant at a technical meeting, seminar, conference or similar, relevant to the environment profession. Evidence of attendance 1 Point
23 Attendance at a formal course, relevant to the environment profession, at an accredited training institute where there is a formal assessment at the completion. Certificate of Attainment 3 Points
24. Attendance at a short course. Certificate of Attendance 1 Point
25. Providing pro bono advice and assistance to community groups, including expert witness and advice for the Environmental Defenders Office (promotion of the environment profession and principles). Evidence of appointment 5 Points

* Per membership year, which runs from 1 January to 31 December.

Download a copy of the Continuing Professional Development Points.

Professional Accreditation Review Panel (PARP)

The Professional Accreditation Review Panel (PARP) consists of three members, including a member of the Executive Committee.

The selection criteria for members of the PARP requires the member to have served a minimum of 10 years as a Society Office Bearer and who is able to demonstrate they have worked in a responsible environmental position.  Appointment of members to PARP is made by the CASANZ Council.

The duties of the PARP relate to the assessment of applications for admission for Fellows, Accredited Professionals (no longer valid) and Certified Air Quality Professionals (CAQP).  Recommendations of admissions are then validated by the Executive Committee and members of Council.

The current members of PARP are:

Dr Mark Hibberd

Mark Hibberd (Dr)

Immediate Past Society President

Janet Petersen

Society President

president.exec@casanz.org.au
+64 21 167 9506

Jason Choi

Society Deputy President
VIC/TAS Branch Secretary

deputy.pres@casanz.org.au
victas.sec@casanz.org.au
+61 438 366 800

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Paul Torre (Dr)

VIC/TAS Branch President

president.victas@casanz.org.au +61 3 8458 2313

Francine Manansala

Society Secretary
NSW/ACT President

CERTIFIED AIR QUALITY PROFESSIONAL

president.nsw@casanz.org.au
+61 413 662 646

Howard Bridgeman

Howard Bridgman (A/Prof)

Immediate Past Society President / Committee Member NSW/ACT / Hunter Sub-Committee Member

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David Wainwright (Dr)

QLD Branch President

M Pickett

Matthew Pickett (Dr)

SA/NT Branch President
CERTIFIED AIR QUALITY PROFESSIONAL

president.sant@casanz.org.au +61 (0) 427 004 564

Jon-Harper

Jon Harper

WA Branch President
CERTIFIED AIR QUALITY PROFESSIONAL

president.wa@casanz.org.au +61 (0) 409 364 921

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Owen Pitts (Dr)

Committee Member WA

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Jenny Simpson

NZ Branch President

Doug Boddy

Doug Boddy (Dr)

Society Treasurer
NZ Branch Treasurer

Certified Air Quality Professional

treasurer.exec@casanz.org.au
+64 21 766 576

Dr Mark Hibberd

Mark Hibberd (Dr)

Immediate Past Society President

Become a Certified Air Quality Professional today.  

For further information about becoming a CAQP

Download the guide to

Becoming a CAQP  

Become a Certified Air Quality Professional today.  

For further information about becoming a CAQP, Download the guide to

Becoming a CAQP  

Accreditation as a Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP) recognises academic expertise, professional achievements, and a commitment to excellence in maintaining and developing knowledge within the air quality industry.

For further information about becoming a CAQP, download our Guide to Becoming a CAQP.

To become a CAQP today, complete the Application Form.

CAQP Application Process

Applications are reviewed by CASANZ to ensure all necessary requirements have been completed and supporting documentation is provided.  Completed applications are then sent to the PARP (Professional Accreditation Review Panel) for assessment.  The application process may take up to 45 days.