Not sure on which grade suits your current level of experience? Need a bit of extra help with what to submit with your application? Read on for some further guidance. Please note, we only accept applications via the online portal and applications will not be accepted via email or by post. If you're still a bit stuck, please get in touch with our membership team via email or give us a call on +44 (0)20 7831 3110.
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Are you enrolled in full-time or part-time study? If so, you are eligible for a CIWEM Student membership.
As a student, you want to gain the most from your studies, attain the highest grades and be attractive to employers. Your CIWEM membership will connect you to a network of knowledge and people including employers. We will support the development of the skills and qualities required by the contemporary employment market and provide opportunities to showcase your talents. This will enable you to stand above your peers. You will also gain opportunities to expand your professional network through participation in branch activities and events.
To apply for a Student membership, you will need to complete an online application form through MyCIWEM providing your course details, including course title, university of study and start/end date of course.
Do you have an honours degree (or equivalent) and an interest in working in the water and environmental sectors? If so, you are eligible for a GradCIWEM membership.
Candidates do not require post-graduate professional experience and are encouraged to apply to join straight after leaving university so we can support your career development from the start.
Our networks of people, events, structured training, publications and thought leadership will accelerate your growth and provide the recognition that you deserve for being an engaged and ambitious professional.
To apply for GradCIWEM, you will need to
If you've gained practical experience in a water or environmental discipline, which may have been through an apprenticeship or having completed the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management, then you're eligible for the Technician membership.
To apply for TechCIWEM, you'll need to
If you've successfully completed the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management, then you're eligible to apply for Membership (MCIWEM).
Membership provides recognition of your professional achievements and allows you to engage with people and experiences that will continue your development. We provide support to ensure your personal growth is not neglected due to the pressures of your everyday life.
Is MCIWEM the right grade for you?
1. MCIWEM is perfect for those who are a recent entrant into the industry and still developing competence – you may have more experience than a graduate, but less than that needed for chartership.
2. Operating in the water and/or environmental sector and are not currently considering, or able to achieve, Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (C.WEM).
3. Already Chartered and want the prestige of association with CIWEM, but not necessarily a further Chartership.
The requirement to become a MCIWEM is normally a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience and does not necessarily require technical qualifications or experience.
Do you have each of the following?
• An honours degree or NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management
• Demonstrable experience in water and/or environmental management over a minimum of 2 years
To apply for Member, MCIWEM, you will need to
Your report must be written in the first person and demonstrate your responsibility in water and/or environmental management. You should identify projects/pieces of work for which you have had responsibility and describe your roles and responsibilities in these.
This report should describe:
Your CV should include the main roles and responsibilities for each post and the duration of employment.
You can also download some guidance here.
If you have an Honours degree (or equivalent) and around five years’ experience in the water and/or environment sector, then you're eligible to apply for C.WEM. To apply for any external chartered registrations (CEng, CSci, CEnv) you'll need a Masters degree (or equivalent).
Becoming chartered with us demonstrates that you are a leader in the water and environment profession. Showcase your experience and skills to the sector with this gold standard qualification, which will set you above your peers.
This document provides support and guidance for your Chartered application. Details of the additional registrations offered by CIWEM include CEng, CSci and CEnv can be found here.
Once you feel ready, you can create an account with us and begin your application here.
Applicants need to submit the following documentation using the online application process:
2. Career Overview Report
3. Mandatory Competence Attainment Report
4. Training and CPD record
5. Copies of qualifications
6. Copies of Professional memberships
7. Two signed sponsor letters
Please upload the most up-to-date version of your CV.
Your career overview report is the perfect opportunity to tell us about what skills, qualities and knowledge you have gained. This report should cover the following 6 key areas: duration of employment, job title, employer, roles and responsibilities, your involvement in making key decisions and recommendations and, key learning topics*.
We are looking for a career report that is well-structured, interesting to read and provides a succinct, yet in-depth overview of your work experience up to your most current job.
Your report should give an overview of the work for which you have had responsibility, your job roles and progression through your career, including any career breaks. This is your chance to identify any experiential learning which may be relevant to each registration being sought (i.e. C.WEM/CEng/IEng/EngTech/CSci/CEnv).
* A key learning topic is one gained in the workplace as part of your working career and should be highlighted in the text of your report.
You need to provide a response to each of the 14 Mandatory Competences in the pro-forma report available in your online application. The maximum number of words for the report is 4000; the distribution between individual competencies will be at your discretion. You may find you have more to write for some of the competencies than others.
Please note that appendices, references and footnotes will not be accepted.
This is your opportunity to tell us about the skills and knowledge you have gained, using examples from your practical experience to demonstrate the appropriate level of achievement for each competence. Please include any images and diagrams which you feel would support your responses
Your responses need to be written in the first person and identify your roles and responsibilities, what you have done and what you have learned. If you have worked as part of a team, please describe what you personally did, and explain the contributions you have made to the overall project or piece of work.
You will normally need to provide two examples that demonstrate the appropriate level of attainment that you have achieved for each Mandatory Competence. The Competence report is your chance to demonstrate that you are working at a level appropriate to the registration/s for which you are applying. We want to hear about what you have achieved, examples of where you have taken initiative and what the outcomes were. You can also include examples where the outcomes were negative, and explain what you learnt from these experiences.
Assessors will make their decision by assessing both your written submission and your performance at interview.
Please download our Mandatory Competence Guidance Document off our website for further information on what to write for each competence.
For those who have participated in a professional development scheme
If you have participated in a CIWEM approved Professional Development scheme, please provide:
Please provide us with a list of all the training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that you have undertaken in the past three years. This should include a brief descriptor of the course, how long it lasted, when the course was completed and with which organisation . You should complete this in the CPD section of the online application.
Please provide us with copies of your qualifications, including any certificates and transcripts. These will need to be signed as authentic copy of the original by at least one of your CIWEM sponsors. You can find some further information about the sponsorship you need for your application in section 7.
If you already hold membership of any professional body, please provide us with copies of certificates and/or supporting documentation, signed as authentic by at least one of your sponsors. These can be submitted in the “CV and any other documentation” part of the online application.
Along with your application you will need to submit two signed sponsorship letters, which must be written by Chartered Professionals, one of which must be chartered with CIWEM.
The sponsorship letters should be a short letter written by someone who has a professional relationship with you, this could be your university teacher, line manager or a colleague. Please get in touch with us if you are struggling to find sponsors.
The purpose of the sponsorship letters is to confirm that your application has been reviewed, and that the sponsors agree with what you have written and that they support your application. The letters must be signed by your sponsors and should include the sponsor’s contact information.
We request that at least one of the sponsors has the same professional registrations that you are applying for.
Thank you for choosing CIWEM! We are here to provide you with all the support you need. If you have any queries about your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us either through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 7831 3110.
Most importantly, best of luck with your application!
You can also download the guidance here.
There are 2 routes to fellowship at CIWEM: Direct Entry and Transfer to Fellow. ‘Transfer to Fellow’ is when an existing Member wishes to transfer their membership up to the Fellow grade. Direct Entry Fellows are those who aren’t in a grade of membership with CIWEM, and are applying for the first time.
If you're seeking Direct entry into Fellowship, please note that the academic requirements for Chartered Membership (an Honours Degree), professional experience (at a senior level for Fellows), as well as the successful demonstration of all 14 of CIWEM’s Mandatory Competences apply. If you're not an existing Chartered CIWEM Member, you'll have to successfully pass the Professional Review Interview in order to be awarded the Fellow grade of membership. To see the mandatory competencies please login to your application and download the guidance.
If you're transferring to Fellowship from Chartered level and have already undergone a Professional Review through CIWEM you won't have to undergo a further review in order to be awarded this grade of membership.
If you're new to CIWEM you'll need to follow the Chartered Membership application process and then also provide the information requested for those transferring to Fellow. (NB: Chartered Membership does not require sponsors to be Fellows, however if you're applying directly for Fellowship, all three sponsors need to be CIWEM Fellow members).
If you're already a CIWEM Chartered Member and transferring to Fellow, you'll need to be able to demonstrate your career progression to a senior level. All Fellow applicants will need to provide a 400 word supporting statement which details why you feel you would be eligible for Fellow Member, 3 CIWEM Fellow sponsors, your most current CV and a record of 3 years' CPD.
Mandatory competencies provide the opportunity to show the formal and informal skills and qualities that you have developed throughout your career. They demonstrate your ability to work independently and as a team, to take initiative and to work effectively and apply yourself to a variety of situations
Please provide a response to each of the CIWEM Mandatory Competencies in the relevant section of your online application. The maximum number of words for the CIWEM report is 4000 words; the distribution between individual competencies is at your discretion to best demonstrate your experience.However, please give due consideration to all competencies in your submission; no competence can be left blank.
Also, please note that appendices, references and footnotes will not be accepted.
You need to use examples from your practical experience to demonstrate the appropriate level of achievement for each competence. Images and diagrams can be included to support responses in the 'CV and other supporting documentation' section of the online application.
Your responses need to be written in the first person and identify your roles and responsibilities, what you have done and what you have learned. If you were part of a team you need to identify what you personally did, describing your contribution to the overall aim of the specific project or piece of work.
You normally need to provide two examples that demonstrate the appropriate level of attainment for each mandatory competence. The competence report is your opportunity to demonstrate that you are working at a level appropriate to the registration/s for which you are applying.
The CIWEM mandatory competencies relate solely to CIWEM membership.If you are applying for registration with the Engineering Council (CEng/IEng/EngTech), Science Council (CSci) or Society for the Environment (CEnv), then you also need to complete the list of competencies relevant to the particular registration you are seeking.
Each of these are given in the online application and you are provided with an additional 4000-word limit for each registration for which you are applying. You should ensure that through your responses you demonstrate the requirements of the relevant external registration body. You can obtain guidance for completing the competence for each of these external bodies on their respective web sites:
Society for the Environment www.socenv.org.uk/
Guidance on completing each individual CIWEM competence is given below.
Please note that you do not have to address all of the questions under each competence, they are there to help you think about your responses to the Mandatory Competence.
A1. Knowledge of wider environmental issues and trends (which may be related to, but not constrained, by your area of expertise).
You should be able to demonstrate that you have a breadth of knowledge and have an awareness of the development of the sector in which you operate and how it has developed over time with a view to future issues and development. You should be able to demonstrate a relevant understanding of legislation, local/national/international directives, financial and societal drivers within your industry.
A2. Ability to develop strategies or plans to address changes in your sector
You will need to demonstrate that you can identify, monitor and review changes (e.g. financial, technological or legislative) within your sector by preparing strategy at a personal, team and/or organisational level. The impact of the change on individual / team / organisational workloads and revenues should be identified and you should demonstrate your ability to put appropriate planning frameworks in place to prepare for change. You will be able to identify gaps in your knowledge and information and be able to conduct appropriate research.
B1. Ability to analyse and evaluate environmental and/or water problems
You may wish to identify a project or a piece of work for which you have had responsibility (e.g. community / user / infrastructure / environment / economic / compliance) demonstrating that you understand why the work is needed and the implications of potential solutions. Undertake research (site surveys / mapping / desktop research) to demonstrate you have considered the implications of potential solutions, including the legislative, social, historical, ecological, environmental and/or financial as appropriate, this will include all stakeholders’ perspectives (client / public / regulators / users).
B2. Ability to solve problems by identifying, developing and evaluating options
You should demonstrate the use of advanced scientific / engineering / management / environmental principles as appropriate when formulating potential solutions to a problem. You will need to demonstrate that you have considered the implications of each method of working or solution; identifying the solution that best fits with the issues and requirements identified (e.g. regulatory / legislative / social / economic / environmental / customer). You will use evidence to support the recommended solution and be able to show how the decision was made.
B3. Ability to initiate, implement and manage change
You will need to demonstrate you can deal with the unexpected, when change occurs during your work (e.g. plan, initiate, monitor and revise). You will need to demonstrate the ability to prepare, control and plan for change / new development (e.g. coordination of documents, systems and services / preparation of procurement, contract and production documents) ensuring legal compliance, budgetary control and communication with clients / stakeholders.
B4. Ability to plan and implement solutions and monitor their continuing performance
You will need to demonstrate that you can effectively plan for and implement solutions (e.g. services, research, development....) complying with appropriate standards (e.g. H&S, QA, costs, resource management...) identifying risks that may compromise the outcome (e.g. risk register...). You will demonstrate that you can evaluate performance against the initial specification that was agreed with the client / stakeholders. You will need to demonstrate the ability to learn from and amend operating procedures using performance criteria and data collection as appropriate.
C1. Ability to manage resources effectively and efficiently
You will be expected to demonstrate how your working practices contribute to your organisation or workplace (financially, technically and professionally). You could, for example, demonstrate an understanding of the recruitment and selection process of resources and manpower or a project/piece of work and how to work effectively to deliver your responsibilities on time, to the appropriate standards and to budget. You could also identify training needs / skills gaps, opportunities to utilise new and emerging technologies / processes and to promote sharing of best practice and knowledge, including your ability to assess the changing requirements of your organisation’s industry.
C2. Understanding, promotion and application of Health and Safety (H&S)
You will be expected to demonstrate your implementation of relevant H&S policy and legislation (e.g. including, but not limited to, organisation H&S policy, HASAW act, Confined Spaces, CDM 2017...), your understanding and promotion of safe working practices for all stakeholders. You will be expected to demonstrate that there are clear processes in place to investigate and record accidents, promoting a preventative approach to H&S.
C3. Your contribution to sustainability
You will be expected to explain your understanding of the term sustainability and give practical examples of how you have implemented your definition. You could for example demonstrate the need to minimise waste, manage the use of non-renewable resources, monitor and review energy consumption, recycle and promote use of alternative materials. You may wish to carry out an audit of your workplace to assess its sustainability credentials.
C4. Understanding, promotion and application of quality enhancement and Quality assurance (QA)
You could discuss your knowledge of quality management requirements relevant to your discipline, this will include the need to deliver your responsibilities to established standards and contribute to continual improvement. If you use data collection and/or interpretation, you could demonstrate you can assess the accuracy, quality and data reliance to deliver appropriate recommendations. You could also show how you identify, implement and evaluate changes to meet quality objectives.
D1. Ability to communicate in English
You will need to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively.
This competence will be largely judged on the basis of your application (including the report) and your interview which includes a presentation. Examples could include a brief statement to demonstrate where you have contributed to, chaired or recorded actions in meetings; written guidance documents/specifications/letters/technical reports distributed to clients and colleagues, prepared and delivered presentations to a variety of stakeholders.
D2. Work professionally, ethically and comply with relevant codes of conduct
You will need to demonstrate that you understand CIWEM’s, your organisation’s and other relevant Codes of Conduct and promote them to your colleagues to ensure that you are complying with the required standards and promoting professionalism. You will need to demonstrate how you adhere to all relevant legislation and regulatory frameworks (e.g. employment legislation....). You will need to demonstrate that you think and act professionally and impartially. You will be aware of the limits of your own knowledge, expertise and competence and when to seek advice / guidance. You will be aware of the CIWEM Code of Ethics and strive to deliver the most appropriate solutions for all stakeholders.
E1. Demonstrate continuing professional development
You will need to demonstrate that you are recording your continued learning and professional development. You will need to give examples of self-directed research (e.g. journals, magazines, legislative documents.......), training courses (e.g. H&S, presentation / report writing skills, new technology / software......), conferences, and technical panel meetings, seminars, publishing papers and giving presentations. You will be aware of the need of Corporate members, to maintain at least 30 hours of CPD per year and keeping a record of this in the CIWEM template, illustrating how the learning is contributing to your ability to perform as a professional.
E2. Discuss your commitment to CIWEM
You will need to identify your commitment to CIWEM, identifying your reasons for joining the Institution, how you have, will continue to or will in future contribute to developing the Institution (e.g. Branch meetings, journal papers, WEM articles, Special Interest Groups, Technical Panels, networks etc....).
When providing examples to demonstrate your attainment of the MCs you may find it helpful to structure your response on the lines of the STAR model:
What were the main issues involved with the situation/problem/project?
What did you need to achieve/what were the goals?
What did you need to do?
What was your role?
What were the steps you took to complete the task?
What challenges did you overcome?
What was the outcome?
Did you deliver your responsibility?
What lessons did you learn?
You can also download this guidance here
CPD is the means by which professionals maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their working lives.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Guidelines for Corporate members.
These guidelines set out the criteria for satisfying the CIWEM Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
requirements for Corporate grades of membership (MCIWEM, C.WEM, Fellows of the Institution). CIWEM
recognises the increased pressure that members face in meeting their employer’s needs with regard to
Continuing Professional Development and those of their professional body.
The Institution aims to help members present the necessary information to meet the requirements easily, clearly
and concisely. This can be done via the members’ area of our website where you can record,
reflect and plan your development needs.
CPD refers to a range of learning activities through which members maintain and develop their skills throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to operate safely, effectively, and legally within their sphere of environmental management. Continual learning and development enables individuals to keep professional skills and knowledge up to date.
Most CIWEM Corporate members hold positions of high responsibility, which involve planning, designing, operating and maintaining the national environmental infrastructure and assets on behalf of the wider public. CIWEM has its own requirements and expectations for CPD. Members who are also registered with the Engineering Council and/or Science Council and/or Society for the Environment (CEng, IEng, EngTech, CSci or CEnv), are additionally expected by the external Registration Authorities to be recording, reflecting on, and identifying development needs through their recorded CPD.
The Science Council requires the Institution to check the CPD of all Chartered Scientists, (CSci), annually for revalidation purposes. Should a member fail to present a satisfactorily completed record for scrutiny the Science Council will be notified and the member will be removed from the Council’s register. In both their everyday activities and in their planned participation at specially organised events and courses, members should:
Members should also seek to enhance their:
Whenever, wherever and however this is done, members can legitimately claim to have undertaken Continuing
The minimum amount of CPD activity required by CIWEM is ninety hours, over a three year rolling period. This flexible approach means that a member’s CPD can take account of how they work, and they can plan their CPD activities to address their changing needs. Qualifying CPD opportunities and evaluation CIWEM members can make their own decisions about the kind of CPD activity that is relevant to their role and their work. For example, CPD activities could include going on secondment, in-service training, mentoring, or reading or reviewing journal articles etc. Members can structure these activities around their personal development plan. This flexible approach means that members can plan their own CPD in a way that suits their work, their learning needs, their preferences and the time and resources available to them.
The activities listed below are suggestions for CPD opportunities that members may wish to consider.
A member’s personal development plan should:
Individual Corporate members must keep their own record of CPD credit achieved each year. In addition to factual details, such as time spent and content of specific activities, CPD records must also contain planning and objectives together with constructive assessment of the personal professional development benefits gained from each activity.
The precise format of this record can suit the individual’s own preference, for example in long hand notebook and/or computerised files or the members area of the CIWEM website, members.ciwem.org with the stipulation that, either electronically or via hard copy, normally three years’ worth of experience, as appropriate, is immediately available upon request by the Institution.
Although ownership of CPD records remain with the individual member, reasonable requests for access to the
material may also be received from CIWEM, an employer, registration authority or court of law. Failure to provide
CIWEM with reasonable access to the CPD records in the chosen format may be detrimental to the member
CIWEM will require access to these records if a member:
With the exception of CIWEM members who are Chartered Scientists (who must all submit an annual return
for revalidation purposes), a member may be selected for the annual random review of CPD. For members
using the CIWEM members’ area to record their CPD the Institution will access their record via the database
server, rather than asking them to produce a hard copy. For those who are not using the member’s area for
recording their CPD the option to request them to produce a hard copy will remain.
CPD Guidelines for corporate grades of membership (MCIWEM, C.WEM and Fellows of the Institution) can also be downloaded here.
CIWEM offers the widest range of charterships and technical membership grades of any professional institute in the water and environment sector, reflecting our engagement with the widest spectrum of environmental issues, these include CEng, IEng, EngTech, CSci and CEnv.
When you become a chartered member of CIWEM, providing you have a the relevant academic qualifications and/or experience, you also have the opportunity to register with three additional professional registrations, which can be done all in the same application.
Full details on the grades offered, application process and who can apply can be found here.
The Code of Ethics is a set of twelve principles with which members are expected to comply.
The first six relate to environmental behaviour and the following six to professional behaviour.
CIWEM Members should acknowledge the environment is rich in diversity including natural, human, social, physical and biological interests and use their best endeavours to achieve and maintain an equitable and sustainable environment.
You can download the PDF here.
Please note there are no deadlines to apply for a Student, Graduate, Technician or MCIWEM membership.
Please find a list below of the application schedule for applying for Chartership. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed and if successful you will be invited for an interview about 6 weeks later.
The Assessor and Reviewer Training Workshop is for those who are interested in becoming CIWEM Assessors and Reviewers for membership applications.
14 October 2019 – Application deadline
12 November 2019 – Professional Standards Board Meeting
5 December 2019 – Professional Review Interview
6 December 2019 – Professional Review Interview
9 December 2019 – Final application deadline of 2019
21 January 2020 – Professional Standards Board Meeting
20 February 2020 – Professional Review Interview
21 February 2020 – Professional Review Interview
10 February 2020 – Application deadline
10 March 2020 – Professional Standards Board Meeting
20 April 2020 – Professional Review Interview
21 April 2020 – Professional Review Interview
6 April 2020 – Application deadline
12 May 2020 – Professional Standards Board Meeting
11 June 2020 – Professional Review Interview
12 June 2020 – Professional Review Interview
1 June 2020 – Application deadline
7 July 2020 – Professional Standards Board Meeting
6 August 2020 – Professional Review Interview
7 August 2020 – Professional Review Interview
10 August 2020 -Application deadline
15 September 2020 – Professional Standards Board Meeting
15 October 2020 – Professional Review Interview
16 October 2020 – Professional Review Interview
5 October 2020 – Application deadline
10 November 2020 – Professional Standards Board Meeting
10 December 2020 – Professional Review Interview
11 December 2020 – Professional Review Interview
1 December 2020 – Final application deadline of 2020
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