I'm thinking, I should take the Environmental Planner Board Exam, so I could become legit on that profession. As I'm currently scouring the web for scholarship programs for degrees on urban planning, sustainable architecture and the like (one of the reasons I came back really, to build my portfolio for a proper application for scholarship grants...) – and most of all, I'm passionate about environmental planning and all things sustainable, which is definitely way important, more than the "title" – I might as well take the leap. Made me think, why didn't I do this, this June? (exams are slated June each year) And I remember, I was out all of May for the research field work. So, there. Anyway, there's always next year. And I'm writing this and letting the universe in on my plans.
Some information on the subject from PD 1308 (Environmental Planning Law):
Environmental Planning refers to activities concerned with the management and development of land, as well as the preservation, conservation, and rehabilitation of the human environment.
Scope of PracticeThe practice of environmental planning, within the meaning and intent of this Decree shall embrace, inter alia, professional services in the form of technical consultation, plan preparation, and/or implementation involving the following:
- Development of a community, town, city, or region;
- Development of a site for a particular need such as housing, centers for activities concerned with research, education, culture, recreation, or government, industrial estates, agriculture, and water resources, including creating a spatial arrangement of buildings, utilities and communication routes;
- Land use and zoning plans for the management and development, preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, and control of the environment; and
- Pre-investment, pre-feasibility, and feasibility studies.
BUT THEN... I may not be able to meet these requirements, just yet:
Applicants for environmental planner board examination shall, prior to the date of the examination, establish to the satisfaction of the Board:
- He/she is a citizen of the Philippines.
- He/she is at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
- He/she is a holder of any of the following:
- Masteral degree in environmental planning, city and regional planning, or town and country planning, or its equivalent acceptable to the Board;
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, city and regional planning, or town and country planning, or its equivalent, and with two (2) years of environmental planning experience certified by a registered environmental planner;
- Masteral degree in either architecture, civil engineering, economics, public administration or sociology, and with one (1) year of environmental planning experience certified by a registered environmental planner; or
- Bachelor’s degree in either architecture, civil engineering, economics, public administration, or sociology, and with two (2) years of environmental planning experience certified by a registered environmental planner.
So, I guess, I need to have that Master's degree first. ALRIGHT, then.