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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not mandate minimum workforce qualifications or provide comprehensive, standardized training for environmental health professionals (EHPs) who serve in local regulatory arenas such as food safety, wastewater, private wells, housing, swimming pools and beaches, and hazardous or solid waste. Without criteria for qualifications and training of EHPs, community environmental health is at risk due to inconsistent provision of essential services. This project mobilizes key stakeholders from academia, state and local agencies, and professional associations to develop and implement a systematic training curriculum for local EHPs in MA. As a first step, stakeholders provided input on competencies, a gap analysis and plan for a series of courses and programs that will constitute a comprehensive, standardized EHP curriculum. Based on feedback, courses have been identified for use or for development. Once all courses are fully developed and the curriculum is available and routinely offered, EHPs will have access to training that will prepare them at the awareness and performance levels. To date, the competency report, gap analysis and prioritization have been completed and progress has been made on identification and development of competency-based courses that can be considered part of a complete EHP curriculum. Each course has a rigorous evaluation and quality improvement plan. For awareness level training, the Foundations course is offered annually in the classroom. As an alternative option, web-based modules are posted online for asynchronous learning. Nine modules are available now with another ten anticipated by the end of 2013. For performance level training, the MA Public Health Inspector Training (MA PHIT) series has been developed and pilot tested for two program areas: housing and retail food safety. Wastewater is in development for 2012. Stakeholders will continue to prioritize development of additional MA PHIT topics with the expectation that one new program will be added each year and existing programs, once pilot testing is complete, will be offered twice a year. A system focused on competency- based training is essential to assuring a qualified EHP workforce. As stakeholders in MA continue to grapple with reduced budgets, reduced staff, and increased workloads, workforce preparation must remain a priority as a better trained, more competent environmental health workforce is necessary for the equitable delivery of essential services. Note: These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.