Before presenting the contents of the professional courses in environmental sustainability, it is best to drop those preconceptions that make this one of the most misunderstood and often ‘discarded regardless’, or on the other hand, ‘chosen without due reflection’. A fairly common myth regarding sustainability studies is that the subject is dedicated exclusively to environmental issues: this is not the case. Those who love nature themes will be disappointed, as they would surely have preferred studies in the fields of agriculture or marine fauna. Another common error constantly circulating associates a course in sustainability with one in recycling: although related in a certain sense, in a sustainability course, you would probably only hear of recycling in a purely circumstantial way.
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Rather, this type of course came about and is offered in order to make experts available to companies which want to maintain or increase ideal production levels without leading to the intense exploitation of natural resources.
Although today new generations of entrepreneurs seem more sensitive to the subject compared with their predecessors, rarely do the boards of those companies decide to put in place (costly) measures to revise existing production processes for love of the planet’s well-being. The growing public attention to subjects such as the environment, health and scarcity of resources on the planet, has resulted in protection and legislation obliging the big companies to observe the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility. Long undervalued, respect for such principles today is fundamental not only to avoid massive violations, but also to avoid losing turnover, given the enormous reactivity of consumers and the ease with which information can be shared. Leading companies are above all ethical, and the first to perish are those who delay adaptation.
So, these professional courses are a collection of very specific technical methodologies which are useful in the company context. The relevant professional figures on the list are mainly two: number 234312, Environmental Consultant and number 234313, Environmental Research Scientist. If you decide to specialise in sustainability and invest in permanent residence, it makes sense to abandon the idea of a professional course and consider a university one. In fact, since both are classified with Skill Level 1, these professions require a bachelor or master’s degree and a year of relevant work experience for VETASSESS to issue a positive Skill Assessment and a series of visas of a permanent nature become feasible options.
Certificate IV in Environmental Sustainability
Diploma of Sustainable Operations
Skill Level: 2
Profession: Environmental Consultant (Skill Level 1)
Description: the programs for these courses aim to train an expert consultant regarding company processes, with particular orientation to maintaining the objectives of the business with respect to what are considered the ethical standards to be observed. The qualification holder is especially able to evaluate the environmental impact of the production process, identify the critical phases on the bases of which to develop an intervention plan and inform stakeholders through accurate and professional report writing.