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New CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech standards

In 2024, all aspiring environmental registrants will be assessed against our new CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech standards.

As of the 1st January 2024, all aspiring environmental registrants will be assessed against our new CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech standards.

The registrations in question are:

  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
  • Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP)
  • Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech)

But let’s take a step back for a moment to understand what we are referring to.


Why do we need professional standards for the environment?

We (every lifeform on Earth) are facing environmental and climate emergencies, and solutions to these crises must be robust and backed up by proven evidence. Put simply, professional standards are essential to ensuring the tangible change we need.

The standards to make this happen effectively must be agile and up to date to keep pace with technological, scientific and good practice advancements. This is to ensure ongoing relevance to the ever-growing and ever-evolving world of green jobs, benefiting professionals, employers, and society. Plus, it very much continues to support our vision of a sustainable future shaped by environmental professionalism.

In the context of a growing green jobs market, Our Chief Executive, Dr Emma Wilcox CEnv, explains: “Quality must always be a top priority when creating a large number of new jobs and the government has committed to deliver two million green jobs in the UK by 2030.

At the Society we recognise that maintaining and upholding professional quality is essential to the effective delivery of green jobs; to provide the best possible service to clients and the public, and to ensure that practitioners adhere to ethical and responsible practices. The standards underpinning our registrations provide the verification needed for a professional to evidence their expertise.”


Who needs to meet our professional standards?

Our CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech registrants (and those applying). So anyone who holds one of our registrations, regardless of the discipline or sector in which they work, has proven environmental competence. This is proven by the standards they have met through the application process and continue to meet by engaging with ongoing, relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

With a network encompassing over 8,000 registered professionals through 25 Licensed Members, our standards have a significant reach across the environmental profession.


How do we ensure the quality of our standards?

To ensure ongoing quality and robustness, we undertake regular reviews of our standards.


What have we done?

As part of our ongoing commitment to professional standards and good practice, in the last year we completed a comprehensive review of our registration standards.

Key aims: Ensure the ongoing quality and robustness of our registrations. Remove barriers to registration where at all possible, while maintaining the highest of standards. Ensure our standards meet the needs of professionals, employers, and society.

Objectives: Review and make improvements as appropriate to standards across the three registrations, notably the competences (standards), eligibility criteria, and professional review assessment. To improve alignment across the three registrations allowing for a clearer progression structure for those interested.


  • Accessibility – there are now greater options for format of evidence provided as part of evidence submissions, providing more choice and flexibility.
  • Clarity – we have adopted more concise, clear language and removed ambiguity.

Please note that whilst the CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech standards have changed (including the competences), these are finetuning tweaks rather than an overhaul. If you are part way through your application, there is no need to panic.


What do you need to do?

Current registrants:

Simply continue as you are. You do not need to reapply.

Aspiring registrants:

Before submitting or completing your application in 2024, ensure that you are using the new standards and have the up to date documents / instructions. To do this, simply contact the membership team within the professional body / institute you wish to register with.

For up to date competences, please visit our dedicated CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech pages.

Queries about the new CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech standards

If we can support in any way, please do contact us. Our contact details can be found here.