To become a MCIWEM C.WEM there are three stages to achieving your Chartership, these are:
This page provides support and guidance for your Chartership application for C.WEM. Details of the additional registrations offered by CIWEM include CEng, CSci and CEnv can be found here.
Further guidance on you application can be found in our Membership Webinar Series, watch the recordings here.
Find out about our members on our Member Profile page here, these give insight into the careers of our members in addition to key advice for those thinking of applying.
You can also download a pdf version of this guidance here.
Applicants need to submit the following documentation using the online application process:
Please upload the most up-to-date version of your CV.
2. Career Overview Report (no more than 1000 words)
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.
3. Mandatory Competence Attainment Report (no more than 4000 words)
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 images, diagrams, graphs, 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:
4. Training and CPD Record
Applicants for Chartership are required to submit a reflective CPD record with a minimum of 90 hours over a three-year rolling period, a minimum of 15 hours can be attributed to an individual year during this period.
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 and reflection of the personal professional development benefits gained from each activity
The record must demonstrate that their CPD activities include a mixture of learning activities relevant to their current or future practice
You can find further guidance on what is required here.
5. Copies of Qualifications
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 6.
6. Sponsorship Letters
Along with your application you will need to submit two signed sponsorship letters, which must be written by Chartered Professionals, at least one of which must be chartered with CIWEM.
Sponsor letters are an important part of an individual’s application for CIWEM membership. Sponsors should take the responsibility seriously, understand the required mandatory competences and provide useful, in-depth comments about you and your application. Brief statements – like describing the candidate as ‘technically competent’ – are not useful to assessors.
The sponsorship letters should be 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.
If you are applying for any additional registrations at least one of your sponsors is required to hold the same professional registrations that you are applying for.
Please note sponsors letters are valid for 6 months, if you are requested to resubmit your application an updated sponsor letter may be required.
Additional guidance on sponsor letter requirements can be download here.
7. Work Based Learning Statement Form (applicable only for those applying through the C.WEM Work Based Learning Route)
To demonstrate appropriate further learning you are required to complete the 'Work Based Learning Statement Form'
You are required to provide a reflective statement describing the specific knowledge and understanding you have gained through your work (and any other relevant activity) for each QAA Descriptor in addition to the requirements of a standard submission. This should be supported by evidence of any assessment or evaluation which has taken place. You should not replicate examples from your Mandatory Competencies but demonstrate a breadth of experience from your career.
Completed forms must uploaded in the Supporting Documents section of the online application.
In addition to holding exemplifying qualifications to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding elements of professional competence, there are other ways you can demonstrate the necessary knowledge and understanding for progression to Chartered Membership of CIWEM (C.WEM).
The C.WEM Work Based Learning route provides a means of enabling applicants who lack the exemplifying academic qualifications to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding which they have acquired through their working experience and to validate this against the QAA qualification descriptor for Honour’s level.
Full guidance on this route can be found here.
When you are ready to complete the application the 'Work Based Learning Statement Form' can be downloaded here. Please note this must be uploaded in the 'Supporting Documents' section of the online application.
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.
Applicants will need to provide a response to each of the 14 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:
Engineering Council www.engc.org.uk/
Science Council www.sciencecouncil.org/
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.
Hints on how to structure your examples to demonstrate attainment of the mandatory competencies (MCs)
When providing examples to demonstrate your attainment of the MCs you may find it helpful to structure your response on the lines of the CAR model:
1. Context - setting the scene
You can also download this guidance here
A1. Knowledge of wider environmental issues and trends (you should demonstrate your knowledge of wider environmental and water issues beyond 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 general understanding of legislation, local/national/international directives, financial and societal drivers within the wider water and environmental industry and specific key drivers within your own industry. You will also be familiar with examples of current local, national or global environmental issues.
A1 additional supporting guidance: This competence is seeking evidence on your knowledge of wider environmental issues within and beyond your area of expertise. This is a competence that has had its scope changed in recent years to add significant emphasis on the ‘beyond’ aspect and this should be strongly considered within the preparation of the response.
Firstly, bring in anything that interests you or is topical on a world scale – such as wildfires; the recent collapse of a glacier in India and its likely causes; or any other current environmental issues including climate change. This competence is really important as it demonstrates that you are not working in a silo and can see the wider consequences of our actions on the environment.'
Then look at the wider environmental challenges affecting your sector – such as carbon reduction, biodiversity and even social cohesion (and associated political action and policy – mention COP for example, the Paris Agreement or strategic legislative direction such as the Environment Act).Then narrow down to environmental issues (and legislation and regulation) that are relevant to the business that you work for – for example water quality, water treatment, CSOs, environmental impact, planning law, etc.
Finally, look to bring this down to the issues that are more relevant to your strategic area of expertise, describing the environmental issues that are relevant to you and your work (plus relevant legislation and regulation e.g. the role of Ofwat, etc).
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 driven by factors external to your organisation (e.g. financial, technological or legislative) within your sector by preparing a strategy at a personal, team and/or organisational level. The imposed 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 the problems/causes and systems necessary to facilitate successful solutions. Undertake research (site surveys / mapping / desktop research) to demonstrate you have considered the implications of potential solutions, including 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 options to solve a problem. You will need to demonstrate that you have considered the implications of each method of working or option to provide a solution; identifying the option 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 option 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. weather delays, material cost increases, physical obstacles, requests from Clients). You will need to demonstrate the ability to plan, initiate, monitor and revise plans to manage change by use of skills such as anticipating change / new development within your work or project, evaluating the implications, identifying mitigation measures, understanding and communicating residual risks. Consider coordination of documents, systems and services / preparation of procurement, contract and production documents and ensuring legal compliance, budgetary control and communication with clients / stakeholders in your response.
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. via risk register...). You will also need to demonstrate that you can evaluate performance against the initial baseline, need or specification that was agreed with the client/stakeholders. In addition, 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 your level of management skill and 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, Safety and Wellbeing (HS&W)
You will be expected to demonstrate your implementation of relevant HS&W policy and legislation controlling your industry (e.g. including, but not limited to, organisation HS&W policy, legislation relating to health and safety for all employees and specific legislation relating to your industry), your understanding and promotion of safe working practices for all stakeholders. You will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of any processes in place to investigate and record accidents, and those which promote a preventative approach to HS&W. You will also need to show your understanding of a culture of wellbeing and good behaviours to support this.
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 practical knowledge of quality management systems and 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 and make business improvements.
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 policies 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 or guidance. You will need to demonstrate awareness of CIWEM’s Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct.
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 or similar, 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, The Environment articles, Special Interest Groups, Technical Panels, networks etc ).
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.
What is CPD?
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.
The need for CPD
Most CIWEM chartered 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 Professional Development.
How much CPD is required?
The minimum amount of CPD activity required by CIWEM is ninety hours over a three year rolling period (upon application you must submit a full three year CPD record). 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.
Planning and getting the most from CPD
A member’s personal development plan should:
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 concerned.
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 members (C.WEM and Fellows of the Institution) can also be downloaded here.
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.
07 November 2023 - Professional Standards Board Meeting
w/c 04 December / 11 December 2022 - Professional Review Interviews (dates subject to change for remote Professional Review Interviews)
30 November 2023 - Final application deadline of 2023
2024 (Please note dates for 2024 are subject to change)
14 February 2024 - Application deadline
10 April 2024 - Application deadline
05 June 2024 - Application deadline
07 August 2024 - Application deadline
09 October 2024 - Application deadline
28 November 2024 - Final application deadline of 2024
The Professional Review Interview (PRI) is the final step in becoming chartered and is an opportunity to demonstrate that you have the level of ability, experience, knowledge and personal development that is required to become chartered. The interview builds on the information provided during your written application and provides the opportunity for you to fully showcase your experience and abilities.
Your interview will be conducted in English and your application documents will be reviewed by your interview panel in advance of the interview date and will be referenced throughout the interview.
Please note a fee of £195.00 (inc VAT) is charged for the PRI.
First part of the Interview: Introduction and Career Review
The introduction and career review part of the interview will not normally last more than 5-10 minutes.
Second part of the Interview: 10-minute presentation:
Prior to the interview we ask candidates to prepare a 10-minute presentation to introduce a project/s or piece/s of work you have personally been involved, referenced in your Mandatory Competence Attainment Report. We recommend no more than three projects to be introduced during the presentation, please note while these may be the same examples used in your mandatory competency attainment report candidates must ensure they do not directly replicate the information previously presented.
You should try to make the presentation interesting and tell the story of how your individual
involvement in the project or piece of work developed, what you learnt and what you achieved
in this project.
Remember that you are trying to demonstrate the competences for the grade of C.WEM and
any external qualifications (CEng/IEng/CSci/CEnv) for which you are applying.
Final part of the Interview: General Questioning
This follows the technical presentation and opens out the interview to all areas connected with the competencies and your presentation. You will be expected to answer questions from the Interview Panel to ensure you have achieved all the Mandatory Competences (CIWEM and relevant external competences CEng/IEng/CSci/CEnv), including questions covering:
While we know this may be a high stress situation our interviewers are there to find out what
you know and what you have achieved based on the information you have provided during
you application, they are not there to catch you out.
The Panel might ask questions related to specific competences or use open questions to
encourage you to talk more freely about your experience and should provide you with
opportunities to fully showcase your abilities. They will explore current environmental issues
with you and touch on your current and intended involvement with CIWEM. At the end of the
interview you will have the opportunity to add anything you feel you did not include in your
interview and also the Chair of the interviewing
When you become a Chartered member of CIWEM, providing you have the required qualifications and experience, you also have the opportunity to register with three additional professional bodies. These are: the Engineering Council, the Society for the Environment and the Science Council.