Additional Registrations


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.

When you become a chartered member of CIWEM, providing you have a Masters degree, you also have the opportunity to register with three additional professional registrations, which can be done all in the same application.


Chartered Engineers (CEng) develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change and/or they may have technical accountability for complex systems with significant levels of risk.

Why become a Chartered Engineer?

The benefits of professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) include:

  • Become professionally registered as an CEng – a globally recognised benchmark
  • Improved career prospects and employability
  • Higher earning potential
  • Demonstration of a professional attitude valued by employers and customers
  • International recognition of competence and commitment
  • Evidence of expertise
  • Greater influence within industry and own organisation

Who can apply?

The CEng title is open to anyone who can demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment, as set out in the professional standard UK-SPEC, available to download here. Individuals generally develop these through education and working experience.

Recognised Qualifications

The application process for CEng registration is more straightforward for those with exemplifying academic qualifications. For CEng this is one of the following:

  • A Bachelors degree, with Honours, in engineering or technology, accredited for CEng, plus an appropriate and accredited Masters degree or Engineering Doctorate (EngD), or appropriate further learning to Masters level
  • An accredited Bachelors degree (Hons) in engineering or technology (if obtained before the year 2000). You can find out if your courses are accredited by the Engineering Council here: https://www.engc.org.uk/education-skills/course-search/accredited-course-search/.
  • An accredited integrated MEng degree

If you cannot find your course on the Engineering Council’s database and have studied at a European university, your degree may still be recognised as equivalent to an Engineering Council accredited degree for registration purposes. You can check this here: https://www.feani.org/european-engineering-education-database/eeed-database.

Individual Assessment

Applicants may also apply through Individual Assessment if one or both their degrees are not listed on the Engineering Council’s accredited course search and are from an appropriate academic background.

To apply through Individual Assessment for CEng, you will need to have your qualifications approved by the CIWEM Qualifications Panel (QP) before submitting your online application. To do so please send a copy of your CV and university certificates and transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate if applicable) to membership@ciwem.org.

When assessing qualifications, the QP look at how much engineering an applicant has undertaken during their studies and whether they are sufficient to meet the output standards for engineering programmes agreed between the Engineering Council and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (available here). If the Panel identify aspects that can be matched against all engineering output standards they will confirm the applicant’s eligibility to submit a CEng application.

In some cases where the QP cannot identify sufficient engineering content in an applicant’s qualifications, they may decide that there is potential for the applicant to demonstrate that they have achieved the equivalent learning to the recognised qualifications through their industry experience. In such cases they may invite the applicant to undertake the Work Based Learning Route towards CEng. Alternatively, they may also recommend the applicant undertakes further learning in order to be eligible to apply for CEng.

Please note applicants holding the exemplifying qualifications are automatically eligible for interim registration.

Incorporated Engineers (IEng) maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation.

Why become an Incorporated Engineer?

Incorporated Engineers demonstrate they have shown:

  • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in developed technologies using well proven analytical techniques
  • Successful application of their knowledge to deliver engineering projects or services using established technologies and methods
  • Responsibility for project and financial planning and management together with some responsibility for leading and developing other professional staff
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
  • Commitment to professional engineering values.

Who can apply?

The IEng title is open to anyone who can demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment, as set out in the professional standard UK-SPEC. Individuals generally develop this through education and working experience.

The application process for IEng registration is more straightforward for those with exemplifying academic qualifications. For IEng this is one of the following:

  • An accredited Bachelors or honours degree in engineering or technology
  • An accredited HNC or HND in engineering or technology (for programmes started before Sept 1999)
  • An HNC or HND started after Sept 1999 (but before Sept 2010 in the case of the HNC) or a Foundation Degree in engineering or technology, plus appropriate further learning to degree level
  • An NVQ4 or SVQ4 that has been approved for the purpose by a licensed engineering institution, plus appropriate further learning to degree level*

UK-SPEC provides details of the competence required for IEng registration, this is available to download here.

To check whether your academic qualification is accredited for IEng please click here.

Please note applicants holding the exemplifying qualifications are automatically eligible for interim registration.

Engineering Technicians (EngTech) apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems.

Why become an Engineering Technician?

The benefits of professional registration as a Engineering Technician include:

  • Become professionally registered as an EngTech – a globally recognised benchmark
  • Improved career prospects and employability
  • Higher earning potential
  • Demonstration of a professional attitude valued by employers and customers
  • International recognition of competence and commitment
  • Evidence of expertise
  • Greater influence within industry and own organisation

Who can apply?

EngTech registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment.

Typically, applicants will have successfully completed an Advanced/Modern Apprenticeship. This can lead directly to Engineering Technician registration.

Or, alongside appropriate working experience, they will hold:

  • a qualification, approved by a licensed professional engineering institution, in engineering or construction set at level 3 (or above) in the Qualifications and Credit Framework/National Qualifications Framework for England and Northern Ireland; or at level 6 (or above) in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework; or at level 3 (or above) in the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales;
  • or equivalent qualifications approved by a licensed professional engineering institution.

To check whether your academic qualification is approved for EngTech please click here.

Individuals without formal qualifications may also apply for EngTech registration by demonstrating they have acquired the necessary competence through substantial working experience.

UK-SPEC provides details of the competence required for EngTech registration, this is available to download here.

Please note applicants holding the exemplifying qualifications are automatically eligible for interim registration.

For environmental professionals independent of discipline, chartership reflects a high level of skill and experience, setting Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv) apart from others working in their field. It enhances career prospects through establishing proven expertise, experience and commitment to professional standards.

In the UK and across the world, Chartered Environmentalists utilise their specific expertise to lead departments, advise governments and work hands-on as practitioners.

Why become a Chartered Environmentalist?

As the prominence and reputation of Chartered Environmentalists continues to grow in the profession, chartered status is increasingly seen internationally as a highly desirable demonstration of an individual’s competence. Registration as a Chartered Environmentalist demonstrates that an individual has been judged by their peers to be working at the highest possible standards in the environmental profession. Chartered Environmentalists demonstrate:

  • High level of theoretical knowledge of sustainability and environmental issues
  • Successful application of this knowledge to lead sustainable management of the environment
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • A personal commitment to maintain professional standards, and to recognise obligations to society, the profession and the environment

Who can apply?

Registration as a CEnv is open to any who demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment, these can be viewed here. Individuals generally develop these through education and working experience.

The application process for becoming a Chartered Environmentalist requires master’s degree level (Grade 7) thinking, demonstrated either through achievement of a relevant master’s degree or through the submission of written work deemed to be at an equivalent level by the registration assessors.

CIWEM’s Work Based Learning route provides a means of enabling experienced applicants who lack the exemplifying academic qualifications to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding which they have acquired through their working experience against the QAA qualification descriptor for Masters level.

Guidance on completing the Work Based Learning route can be downloaded here.

When you are ready to complete the application the 'Grade 7 Work Based Learning Statement Form' can be downloaded here. Please note this must be uploaded in the 'Supporting Documents' section of the online application.

Please find The Chartered Environmentalist Practice Direction (CEnvPD) Edition 5.1 here.

Watch SocEnv's "The Pathway to Become a CEnv or REnvTech" webinar here.

Chartered Scientists (CSci) represent the best professional scientists working in the UK and abroad. They demonstrate effective leadership, using their specialist knowledge and broader scientific understanding to develop and improve the application of science and technology by scoping, planning and managing multifaceted projects.

Chartership as a scientist reflects the wide variety of sciences and their practice, recognising high levels of skill and experience, independent of discipline.

Why become a Chartered Scientist?

Professional registration as a Chartered Scientist provides independent recognition of your achieving and maintaining the exacting standards required to join the global community of professional scientists. Benefits include:

  • Be publicly recognised for your professional excellence
  • Increase your confidence and skill
  • Demonstrate your ethical credentials
  • Improve your chances of promotion
  • Become a leader within your field
  • Join a worldwide community of cross-disciplinary scientists

Who can apply?

The application process for becoming a Chartered Scientist requires master’s degree level thinking, demonstrated either through achievement of a relevant master’s degree or through the submission of written work deemed to be at an equivalent level by the registration assessors. Applicants need to demonstrate their competence across five areas by providing examples from your working life, usually within the last five years.

CIWEM’s Work Based Learning route provides a means of enabling experienced applicants who lack the exemplifying academic qualifications to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding which they have acquired through their working experience against the QAA qualification descriptor for Masters level.

Guidance on completing the Work Based Learning route can be downloaded here.

When you are ready to complete the application the 'Grade 7 Work Based Learning Statement Form' can be downloaded here. Please note this must be uploaded in the 'Supporting Documents' section of the online application.

How to apply?

When you become a chartered member of CIWEM (C.WEM), providing you have the appropriate academic qualifications and experience you also have the opportunity to register for additional professional registrations, which can be done all in the same application.

Applications are made through MyCIWEM, during the application process you will asked which additional professional registrations you would like to apply for, once selected you will be asked to complete the relevant mandatory competencies for each registration. Please read the competencies for those registrations you wish to apply to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria for each registration. When you submit your application form you will need to pay a one off C.WEM application fee.

If you currently hold C.WEM and would like to apply for an additional registration you will be required to complete the appropriate mandatory competencies for the additional registrations during the online application process in MyCIWEM. You may be required to undertake a Profession Review Interview (PRI), our membership team can provide guidance, please contact membership@ciwem.org or call +44(0)207 831 3110 for more information.

We’re with you every step of your application, just call +44(0)207 831 3110 or email membership@ciwem.org if you have any questions about your application or which grade is right for you and someone will be delighted to help.

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Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC)

Do you wish to be recognised at the highest level as an expert in land condition, contaminated land assessment, remediation and brownfield regeneration?

CIWEM is a supporting member of the Specialist in Land Condition Register (SILC) that recognises the highest calibre of senior practitioners within the industry. Its members can also achieve Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) status under the government recognised National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) and are uniquely qualified to verify land condition reports associated with planning applications and other regulatory processes.

The benefits of being a SiLC include professional recognition that you are at the pinnacle of your profession. You are permitted to use it to promote your practice. As an SQP you will also be able to undertake work that non-registered people cannot.

To become a SiLC you must be Chartered and will need to undergo an exam and interview process. The exam is set by the SiLC Professional and Technical Panel (PTP) and the interview is conducted by a panel of two assessors and an observer – all of which are SiLCs. There is also a mentoring scheme (SiLC Affiliate Scheme) for those who would like support for their professional development to becoming chartered initially and then applying for SiLC in the longer term.

To find out more please visit www.silc.org.uk where you can obtain details of the SiLC Affiliate Scheme, Introduction Days, the exam process, the NQMS and the role of an SQP.

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