Foreign-trained EPHP

If you trained and worked as an environmental public health professional, such as an environmental health officer or certified public health inspector (EHO/PHI), in a country outside of Canada, there are a few conditions you must meet to obtain a  Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada):


  • Apply for and meet the eligibility criteria of the BoC equivalency examination.
  • Pass the equivalency examination (minimum passing grade: 75%).
  • Be a student CIPHI member.
  • Successfully complete an approved practicum.
  • Pass the Certification Exam.

The equivalency examination is a standardized multiple-choice test that assesses the academic competencies of a foreign-trained environmental public health professional.


The BoC assesses the credentials of foreign-trained candidates to determine if their education and experience qualifies them to sit the equivalency exam. The eligibility criteria for candidates applying for the equivalency exam is as follows:


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in the discipline of environmental public health
  • Educational experience that prepared you to practice as an EHO/PHI in your respective country
  • Certification as an EHO/PHI from an association or organization that is a member of the International Federation of Environmental Health
  • A minimum of six months experience as a certified EHO/PHI, aligning with CIPHI’s Discipline-Specific Competencies
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English or French

BoC equivalency exam dates and fees

Examination sitting

April 2025

Application period*

October 1, 2024 – January 1, 2025


Examination date

Wednesday, April 23, 2025

*Candidates will be notified if they meet the eligibility criteria to sit the BOC equivalency exam by Monday, January 20, 2025.