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Certificate Programs

Today, many workplaces value skilled workers who can contribute to city management by making the most of local assets such as nature, history, and culture. ECSJ tries to meet such social demands by conducting two certificate programs, "Biotope Planners and Builders" and "Kids’ Environmental Facilitators" for education and training of this area. We also support certified members by providing updated information and facilitating local networking.


Biotope Planners and Builders

The Biotope Planners and Builders are experienced engineers in sustainable city planning and nature conservation/restoration work who have professional expertise in wildlife, environmental laws and institutions. We administrate the Biotope Planners and Builders Certificate Program through qualification examination which is conducted once a year in major cities in Japan. We have certified more than 11,000 experts since the start of the program in 1997. For many public works, the involvement of Certified Biotope Planners and Builders is one of the tender requirements. The certified experts also play active roles, such as a leader, in environmental education.

Kids’ Environmental Facilitators

The Kids’ Environmental Facilitators are experts in creating a childcare environment that fosters nature experiences in daily activities. We founded the program to certify childcare professionals to effectively facilitate firsthand nature experiences for pre-school children and we started a qualification examination in 2007. Playing in nature stimulates the five senses and enriches cognitive abilities. Also, discoveries and contrivances through playing in nature enhance creativity, originality and self-motivation, as well as empathy and social skills.

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