Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP)

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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.

If you are currently a member of CIWEM (MCIWEM), you also have the opportunity to apply for the Society for the Environment registration Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP).

Becoming a Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP)

Registration provides recognition of your professional achievements and allows you to engage with people and experiences that will continue your development. CIWEM will provide support to ensure your personal growth is not neglected due to the pressures of your everyday life.

Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) is a professional registration recognising the competence, skills and commitment of professionals working to enhance or protect the environment. Becoming a REnvP demonstrates that you have signed a code of professional conduct and have been judged by your peers to be working at a professional standard, consistently implementing, developing and advocating good environmental practices.

As part of your career aspirations, you may wish to use REnvP as a clear pathway to environmental Chartership. The REnvP and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) competences are directly linked, offering a progressionary route to your chartership goal. Whilst gaining the additional knowledge and experience required for CEnv, you can demonstrate your ambition with REnvP registration.

Watch the Society for the Environments short video on 'An Introduction to REnvP' below:

Why become a Registered Environmental Practitioner?

Gaining environmental professional registration is a great way of demonstrating your competence. Registered environmental professionals (CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech) often cite increased confidence and professional credibility as direct key benefits of their registration.

Watch the Society for the Environments short video on 'Why should I apply for REnvP?' below:

Who can join?

To be eligible for REnvP, you will need to:

  • Be a member (MCIWEM)
  • Have a level of knowledge and skills equivalent to at least Level 5 in the Qualifications and Credit Framework of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (e.g. HND, Foundation Degree, DipHE), or equivalent level of knowledge through professional practice
  • Have at least two year’s full-time relevant post-graduation work-based experience
  • Maintain a continuing professional development (CPD) record
  • Agree to comply with the CIWEM Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics and Society for the Environment Code of Professional Conduct

All applicants for REnvP, need to demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment, which can also be viewed below:

All applicants for Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) with CIWEM are assessed against the standards as defined by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv). All applications from the 30 November 2023 deadline will be assessed against the updated standards (viewable here), these include updates to the REnvP Competences.

A1: Understand the sustainability principles applicable to the management of the environment

(1) Analyse environmental information, concepts, and theories.

(2) Be aware of the environmental impact of the area of study or work.

(3) Understand the importance of maintaining and enhancing natural cycles and biodiversity.

A2: Apply environmental knowledge and principles in pursuit of sustainable environmental management

(1) Use a range of skills and concepts to address situations that involve many interacting environmental factors.

(2) Apply and, where necessary, contribute to the design of relevant methodologies for sustainable environmental management.

(3) Understand and implement contracts and arrangements with relevant stakeholders.

A3: Identify, analyse, and anticipate the impact of problems and environmental trends to develop practical sustainable solutions

(1) Identify and assess the impact of problems.

(2) Address problems and find solutions with minimal supervision.

(3) Demonstrate an awareness of current environmental matters and trends reflecting relevant heritage where appropriate.

(4) Identify and apply new environmental information, knowledge, skills and competence to develop practical sustainable solutions.

B1: Promote behavioural and cultural change by influencing others to secure environmental improvements that go beyond statutory requirements

(1) Implement and review good practices that go beyond statutory requirements.

(2) Advise and support others to understand the wider environmental context.

(3) Support sustainable management of the environment by raising issues, potential risks, benefits, and opportunities, and encourage others to contribute to environmental protection and improvement.

B2: Develop and maintain a strategic environmental approach

(1) Identify and plan potential strategies for sustainable development and environmental improvement.

(2) Promote inclusion and diversity and collaborate with others to address environmental challenges.

(3) Identify constraints and opportunities for the development and transfer of environmentally appropriate techniques, skills, methods, processes, and behaviours.

(4) Implement measures to assess and manage risks to the environment encompassing health and safety, technologies, business, and reputation.

B3: Demonstrate leadership and management skills

(1) Exercise judgement in undertaking and allocating tasks to address environmental and sustainability issues.

(2) Motivate and influence others to deliver environmental and sustainability objectives.

(3) Manage the identification of a task and plan for its development and implementation.

(4) Implement continuous environmental improvement.

C1: Communicate the environmental case, confidently, clearly, autonomously and competently.

(1) Deliver presentations.

(2) Contribute to and help promote debates, meetings, and discussions.

(3) Identify, engage with, and respond to a range of stakeholders.

C2: Ability to liaise with, negotiate with, handle conflict and advise others, in individual and/or group environments (either as a leader or member)

(1) Seek the opinions and contributions of others.

(2) Understand the motives and attitudes of others and be aware of different roles.

(3) Manage decision-making and support group decisions.

(4) Manage conflict to achieve common goals within groups, and tasks.

D1: Plan, undertake and evaluate CPD activities to maintain and enhance competence in area of practice

(1) Plan, undertake, reflect on, and evaluate CPD activities.

D2: Assess and resolve environmental ethical issues

(1) Identify, work to and support others to resolve environmental ethical issues.

(2) Improve environmental practice by addressing ethical issues.

D3: Understand demonstrate and advocate compliance with relevant codes of conduct and practice

(1) Understand, comply, and promote compliance with relevant codes of conduct and practice.

Application Requirements

If you are already an MCIWEM member, you can apply straight away. You will need to submit your application through the application portal, choosing MCIWEM and uploading the following documents. If you would like to apply for REnvP and are not already a member, you can find out more about becoming MCIWEM here.

The application requirements for REnvP are:

  • Submit a copy of your most up-to-date CV
  • Submit copies of relevant certificates signed by your sponsors
  • Have two sponsors who are CIWEM members (MCIWEM), one of which must hold CEnv or REnvP who can review your application. You will need to submit a signed letter from each of your sponsors alongside your application confirming they have done this
  • CPD record for two years
  • Complete a Mandatory Competence Attainment Report that describes how your practical experience meets the REnv competences

Please note there are application deadlines to apply, which you can find here.

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