FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

MyCIWEM can be accessed here, if you have any issues accessing the website then please contact the membership team on +44(0)207 831 3110 or by emailing membership@ciwem.org.

If you have locked your MyCIWEM account please contact our contact our membership team on +44(0)207 831 3110 or by emailing membership@ciwem.org who will be happy to reset your log in credentials for you.

Your membership subscription invoices and receipts can be found here, once you have logged into your account there is a link on the left hand side of the screen where you can ‘Print Your Membership Receipts’.

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

You are not required to have any sponsors if you are applying for an Apprentice, Student or Graduate membership.

If you are applying for an TechCIWEM, MCIWEM or C.WEM membership, then you are required to submit two sponsorship letters and if you are applying for a Fellow (FCIWEM) membership then you are required to submit three sponsorship letters.

When applying for additional registrations (CEng, CEnv, CSci) you are required to have two sponsors and we request that at least one of the sponsors has the same professional registration that you are applying for.

Your sponsors are required to have a professional relationship with you, this could be your university teacher, line manager or a colleague.

If you are applying for an MCIWEM membership and do not know anybody that could sponsor you that is a CIWEM member, then it is acceptable to use sponsors whom are chartered with other professional bodies.

If you are applying for a C.WEM, Fellow or other additional registrations then we require that one sponsor is chartered with CIWEM. We request that at least one of the sponsors has the same professional registration that you are applying for.

If you are still struggling to find sponsors, please get in touch with the membership team on +44(0)207 831 3110 or by emailing membership@ciwem.org.

You are not required to attend a PRI if you are applying for a Student, Graduate, Technician or MCIWEM membership.

If you are applying for a Chartered (C.WEM) or Fellow (FCIWEM) membership, you will need to attend a Professional Review Interview. If you are applying for additional registrations (CEng, CEnv, CSci) then you will need to attend a PRI, however if you are applying at the same time as an C.WEM or FCIWEM application then you will only need to attend one PRI.

If you are a chartered member of CIWEM, providing you have a Master’s degree, you also have the opportunity to register for additional professional registrations, which can be done separately or in the same application. Please note that the application deadlines apply to additional registrations also.

If you are not currently a chartered member and wish to apply for an external registration, then we require you to apply for C.WEM as well, which can be done in the same application.

Please find more information about how to apply for additional registrations here.

To transfer to a new grade, you will need to submit an online application through MyCIWEM for the grade you wish to transfer to. If you are accepted and have already paid your membership fees for the year then there is an £50 transfer fee. If you have not paid your membership fees for the year then we require you to pay the full fee of the grade you are transferring to in addition to the transfer fee.

If you would like advice on which membership grade you are eligable to apply for then please contact the membership team on +44(0)207 831 3110 or by emailing membership@ciwem.org.

Been away less than 3 years?

You can simply reinstate your membership at your previous grade by contacting our membership team on +44(0)207 831 3110 or by emailing membership@ciwem.org. You will be required to pay a reinstatement fee of £151.00 and the current annual subscription payment for your grade.

If you were a Chartered member you must demonstrate you have maintained your continual professional development (CPD) throughout the period by completing your MyCIWEM CPD record, this will be reviewed by our Membership Team prior to reinstatement.

If you hold any external registrations our licensing bodies may require you to make payment of your annual subscriptions for the full period of your break, please contact our Membership Team for full details.

Been away for more than 3 years?

You will be required to resubmit your application via our online portal, during your break from CIWEM you may have gained the skills and knowledge to apply for a different membership grade, our Membership Team will be happy to provide guidance on the best grade for you.

We offer discounts if you are experiencing financial hardship which includes taking a career break, for maternity and paternity reasons or unemployment. To be considered for these reductions, please contact the membership team on +44(0)207 831 3110 or by emailing membership@ciwem.org to receive a reduced subscription application form.

Members from the following countries are eligible to pay a reduced fee for their membership. You can find a list of fees for each grade here.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan

Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso

Cameroon, China, Colombia, Congo (The Democratic Republic of the), Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire

Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia

Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guinea, Guyana

Haiti

India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic Of), Iraq

Jamaica, Jordan

Kenya, Kosovo

Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia

Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro

Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria

Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines

Romania, Rwanda

Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland

Tanzania (United Republic of), Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey

Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay

Venezuela, Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia, Zimbabwe

CIWEM members can claim tax relief on annual membership fees as an HMRC approved body, please note you cannot claim tax back:

  • on fees or subscriptions you’ve paid to professional organisations not approved by HMRC.
  • for life membership subscriptions.
  • for fees or subscriptions you’ve not paid for yourself.

The full list of approved professional organisations can be viewed here.

We recognise that sometimes our members will want to take a career break. This may be to go on a sabbatical, do some travelling or to take maternity or paternity leave.

We see such a break as a rich learning experience and an opportunity to grow as a professional. We are here to support you during such a period so that when you are ready to return, you feel comfortable and have realised opportunities such that you, your future employers and your profession can gain from your experience.

For those of you that are professionally registered or seeking registration you will need to maintain a level of Continuing Professional Development. For those seeking registration your break may provide the perfect opportunity to complete your professional registration application and sit your review.

Here are just some of the ways that we can support you. Everyone is different so please do get in contact with us and we will help you plan for a really great career break.

  • Facilitating mentor support.
  • Keeping in touch with the profession and world affairs with our publications, E-news and web content.
  • Maintain CPD events, publications and training courses.
  • Support with preparing your submission for registration.
  • Maintain your professional network at events and through branch, board, committee and technical panels.
  • Support with professional fees if you are facing unavoidable financial challenges.
  • Managing your mandatory requirements for CPD.

Please get in touch with us at (0)20 7831 3110 or email membership@ciwem.org to find out more about how we can support you during your break from work.

If you have a Student or Apprentice membership, then you will receive online access to the monthly ‘The Environment’ magazine. This can be accessed electronically via the app or web viewer. You can download the magazine via the app store by searching ‘CIWEM The Environment Magazine’ which is available on apple or android devices. You can also visit our web viewer and login with your CIWEM username and password.

All other membership grades will receive 10 print editions of ‘The Environment’ monthly magazine and a copy of the ‘Water and Environment Journal’ quarterly. Members may also opt for online access of the journal as an additional subscription at a reduced rate for CIWEM members of £31 per year (usually £258 for non-members). You will receive access to the entire journal back catalogue for this annual fee. To sign up and for more information click here.

As a CIWEM member you may be eligible to apply for a CSCS card to prove professional status whilst on site. These cards are increasingly demanded as proof of occupational competence by contractors, public and private clients and others. See below to find out which card you can apply for:

The Professionally Qualified Person Card (PQP)

  • You must hold C.WEM or ACIWEM
  • Pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test

The Academically Qualified Person Card (AQP)

  • You must hold MCIWEM, Technician or Graduate Membership
  • Pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test

The Trainee Card

  • You must hold Student or Apprentice Membership
  • Pass the Operative level CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (within the last 2 years)

You can apply for your card over the phone by calling 0344 99 44 777. You will need to email evidence of your professional membership to cscs@citb.co.uk prior to calling.

Please click here to view the application guidance.

If you require further information, please contact the membership team on +44(0)207 831 3110 or by emailing membership@ciwem.org

We’re with you every step of your application and throughout your membership, get detailed advice on your membership application from completing your mandatory competencies and preparing for your professional review interview. Just call +44(0)207 8313110 or email membership@ciwem.org and someone will be delighted to help.

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