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membership of the chartered institution of water and

environmental management (CIWEM)

What, why
and how?


 The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
(CIWEM) is the leading professional body for the people who plan, protect
and care for the environment and its resources. The Institution helps
members to expand their knowledge and encourages everyone working for
the environment to maintain the highest professional standards. CIWEM
provides independent information to the public and advice to government
on the wide range of issues related to water and environmental
management and sustainable development.
 CIWEM’s thousands of members in 96 countries range from highly
qualified scientists and engineers to students and interested members of
the public. As the leading Chartered body covering all aspects of
environmental activity, CIWEM sustains the excellence of the people who
develop and protect our environment now and for future generations.


Areas of relevance
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Electrical/Electronic
• Environmental
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mineral Engineering
• Systems Engineering
+ Environmental science

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Also Incorporated Engineer (IEng) Engineering Technician (EngTech) 5 . through innovation.Chartered  Engineer  Ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies.. make sound judgements.  Scientist  Deal with complex issues. exercise self-direction and originality in problem solving  Environmentalist  Incorporate the best principles of sustainable environmental (sic) management.ensure use of natural resources are fair and sustainable. creativity and change (UK Spec). systematically and creatively..

 Specialist Interest Group meetings concentrating on the Environment.Other benefits  Corporate Members and Fellows are entitled to use the designation 'Chartered Water and Environmental Manager'.  A magazine "Water and Environment Manager" which deals with topical issues you need to know about. 6 .  A widely recognised and authoritative journal.  Branch meetings.  A strong network of environmental professionals in your area working in your discipline or sectors you are interested in. Scientific and Rivers/Coastal matters.  A wide range of publications covering many environmental subjects.  Unlimited access to the key players in environmental management across all sectors. events and conferences on environmental and related issues.

 Corporate Members may use the post nominal designation .  Training and professional development opportunities through CIWEM 's own postgraduate Certificate and Diploma .  European Registration for CEng and IEng members.. including Environmental Partner and Industry Affiliate.  Registration for suitably qualified members with the Science Council.  Registration for suitably qualified members with EC (UK).These are unique and highly respected environmental qualifications.  A range of professional and non-professional grades of membership.  Registration for suitably qualified members as Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).More. as Chartered Scientists (CSci).FCIWEM . 7 .MCIWEM and Fellows may use the post nominal designation . Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech). as Chartered Engineer (CEng).

and demonstrate how they have applied these principles in environmental and water management 8 . the Science Council and Society for the Environment when appropriate  CIWEM to assess the academic qualifications and Initial Professional Development of applicants  Applicants to demonstrate their competence.Why the review?  CIWEM to assess a wide variety of applicants to see if they are sufficiently competent. experienced and responsible to  become members of the Institution and register with the Engineering Council. science or engineering principles. experience and responsibility of using business.

relevant employment Associate Higher National 4 years 23 Yes Diploma/Certificate (note 3) (Note 2) Affiliate Ordinary National 3 years 21 No Diploma/Certificate (note 3) Student None. but must be in No Degree or seeking.Qualification requirements for membership Academic Relevant experience Minimum Professional qualification age review Fellow Direct Approved Honours 7 years 45 (Note 7) entry Degree (note 6) Transfer (note 1) (note 5) 35 (Note 1) Member Honours Degree 4 years 25 Yes (note 6) (note 4) (Note 2) Graduate Approved Honours None. but must be on 17 No a full or part time approved course 9 .

hold an HNC/HNC or non honours degree. 10 . innovation and problem solving that is beyond the routine – demonstrable ability to implement change  Graduate – You need an honours degree and be in or seeking employment in environmental management.  A member is not just competent technically but also shows evidence of leadership. hold an honours degree and have at least 7 years experience at a senior level.Grades (main)  Fellow (direct entry) – The highest grade awarded by the Institution – You will need to be at least 45 years old. hold an honours degree.  Associate – You will be at least 23. (post 1991) and have at least 4 years relevant experience in environmental management.  Member – You will need to be 25 plus. (a non- honours degree is acceptable if gained before 1991). and have at least 4 years relevant experience in environmental management.

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aspx  Sponsor has to initial form to confirm statements – also ‘evidence of attainment of competencies’  And reports on experience (later step)  CIWEM office decide if your qualifications match requirements and pass you on to the next stage 12 .ciwem.leading to initial assessment by a Professional Board  Complete application form for appropriate grade  Requires sponsors  http://www.Step 1 .org/membership/apply-for- membership.

uk) or the Science Council (www. Mandatory Competences Form. Make sure these aspects are clearly shown as your commitment.socenv. CEnv or CSci please also look at the requirements of the Engineering Council (www. and try to give recent examples as evidence of achievement.Step 1 documents 1. which provides a means of showing what you have achieved and your personal contribution. sciencecouncil. Make sure the statements are Society for the Environment ( they tell a lot more than just a claim to have achieved them. levels of attainment and professionalism will be tested against your on the respective websites 13 . Application Form. where you give details of your academic qualifications and a brief summary of your workplace jobs/positions. If you are applying for the additional external titles CEng/IEng/EngTech.

experience and responsibility 14 ..Then either they will. (a) Welcome you into membership or (b) Invite you to Professional Review Interview (Step 2) or (c) Defer your application to give you time to improve on academic qualifications and/or gain further competence.

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 The Competences are mapped to the Engineering Council. Science Council and Society for the Environment competences and include elements on continuing learning and sustainable development.  All applicants for Direct Entry Fellows. There are separate Competences for Fellow/Member or Associate grades. The Competences for Associates are the same. but with the emphasis placed on the execution of a project.  Must be personal – first person .Mandatory competencies (100 words each)  Mandatory Competences -the heart of the assessment process. They have been designed to measure vocational training and experience and are covered by 14 ‘windows’ under five main headings. Members and Associates are asked to submit evidence of attainment of CIWEM’S Mandatory Competences.YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE IN ALL!  Sponsor has to initial each and indicate how they have assessed the veracity of your claims 16 .

Mandatory competencies . Your personal knowledge of environmental and water issues 2 .FELLOW/MEMBER A. Existing and Emerging Factors Influencing Environmental and Water Issues 1 . Your ability to develop corporate or personal strategy to address legislative. economic or technological changes affecting the sector in which you work 17 .

Project Planning and Implementation 1 . Your ability to develop potential solutions using creative and original thought where appropriate. including the impact on associated liabilities 4 . and to prepare recommendations 3 . implement and control change. to evaluate their merit. including monitoring and assessment of their performance 18 .B. Your ability to plan and control current and future operations and to maintain systems or advisory services. Your ability to initiate. Your understanding of the constraints and success factors affecting environmental and water issues whilst supporting sustainable development and resource use 2.

C. Safe and Effective Working Practices 1. Your contribution to the effectiveness and competitiveness of your organisation through effective and efficient management of financial and staff resources 2 . Your promotion and understanding of sustainable environmental management and your experience of its implementation 4 . Your ability to understand and promote relevant quality assurance requirements 19 . Your understanding and promotion of health and safety and your commitment to the health and safety requirements relevant to your work 3 .

your ability to communicate effectively. Demonstrate your commitment to CIWEM 20 . Professional Ethics 1. your objectivity and integrity 2 .D. understanding and application of professional ethics in your work. Your promotion of and commitment to continued learning and professional development in both personal skills and professional knowledge 2 . Your promotion and understanding of and compliance with relevant Codes of Conduct E. Your promotion. Professional Development 1.

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Step 2 22 .  http://www.engc.Step 2 preparation of career and project reports (stick to word limits)  2 reports about what YOU have done – linked to the mandatory competencies (referenced in text).pdf 23 .  Need to be set in context of wider world  Meant to show how you in normal working are already doing what the grade you are applying for is meant to be competent  Relate to the competencies required of a chartered engineer: %20library/

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Interview  Initially interviewers (3) assess reports – you are only called to interview if these are up to standard – and you look as if you will be successful  Although this is for CIWEM membership only (not chartered)  If you apply for chartership – the panel will be matched (2 who are chartered as either CEng or CSci) – CEnv is general  40 – 60 minutes for YOU to demonstrate your abilities 25 .

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Friendly – if you get to interview the panel has faith in you! 27 .

Interview  Be personable and professional – behave as if you already have the membership  You will be asked to outline your career to date and projects – speaking for about 5 minutes without ppt – it is useful to have some printed slides and photos to highlight important bits and links to the MCs  Emphasise your particular skills/capabilities and interesting things you have worked on – if you catch their imagination you can get them to discuss what YOU want  Everyone must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of sustainability (you will know more than most of the interviewers but don’t be patronising)  Also the limitations of what you have done (a common error for modellers)  H&S is a MUST and a GIVEN – you cannot escape it (try and attend a course)  You will be invited to make a statement at the end where you can highlight things you think may have been missed  Align what you say with the requirements of: 28 .

engineering) discussions  As a member you would be expected to be able to give an informed opinion of any area of WEM – hence you will most likely be posed a hypothetical situation in which you have to make decisions  Demonstrate that you know both sides of an argument 29 .Don’ts and do’s  You will not know the areas of expertise of the interviewers (other than in general terms)  If you have never been to a CIWEM meeting then forget applying for membership – it shows a lack of real commitment!  SO Don’t  Be too clever – you may know the Thames tideway tunnel is unsustainable but the person interviewing you may have designed it!  BUT Do  Toe the party line – hiding your true (and probably correct) views if necessary  Acquaint yourself with the latest (scientific.

Reviewers quick checklist Awareness Knowledge of principles Understanding procedures Competen cies Competent application in one example Minimum standard 1 Application several times Expert To 14 30 .

Key dates  28th March 2012 (cut-off date to receive applications: 28th February 2012)  23rd May 2012 (cut-off date to receive applications: 23rd April 2012)  19th July 2012 (cut-off date to receive applications: 19th June 2012)  27th September 2012 (cut-off date to receive applications: 24th August 2012)  28th November 2012 (cut-off date to receive applications: 26th October 2012)  Contact me if you need help 31 .