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In 2004, the Society for the Environment was granted a royal charter to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status to dedicated and experienced environmental professionals.
Today there are over 7000 Chartered Environmentalists registered, drawn from a range of diverse fields such as engineering, forestry and waste management. For environmental professionals independent of discipline, chartership reflects a high level of skill and experience, setting Chartered Environmentalists 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.
Stand out from the crowd
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 must be able to demonstrate:
The option to use the post-nominal letters "CEnv" provides a clear way for Chartered Environmentalists to signal this knowledge and expertise to employers and potential clients.
Showcase continuing commitment to profession
All Chartered Environmentalist commit to following a Code of Professional Conduct and undertaking continued professional development (CPD). These showcase to employers that the individual remains consistently at the high standard they expect of Chartered Environmentalists.
Make a difference
Having Chartered Environmentalists leading and making decisions helps to enhance public trust in environmental services and those responsible for environmental related decisions.
Join the network
Joining the directory of environmental professionals on the Society for the Environment website allows Chartered Environmentalists to be available to those looking for experts in their sector, as well as a way of finding relevant contacts to build your professional network.
Becoming a Chartered Environmentalist provides a wealth of new opportunities for professional development:
The video below describes more of the benefits to becoming a CEnv, and gives the personal perspectives of two current Chartered Environmentalists.
The first prerequisite required to be eligible for registration as a Chartered Environmentalist is to be a member of one of our 25 Licensed Bodies. Each Licensed Body may have their own requirements for membership, and these must be fulfilled before application for CEnv status can proceed.
Registration as a CEnv is open to any who demonstrate the required professional competences set out in the section below. Individuals generally develop these through a combination of education and work experience.
The application process for becoming a Chartered Environmentalist 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.
Finally, in order to be eligible for CEnv status, a candidate must be willing to comply with the Society for the Environment’s Code of Professional Conduct, as laid out below in the “How to Apply” section.The REnvTech registration is also offered by the Society for the Environment and may be a suitable alternative for those with two years work experience and a Level 3 qualification. More information on becoming a Registered Environmental Technician can be found here.
In addition to eligibility criteria stated above, successful Chartered Environmentalists must demonstrate each of the following twelve competences, across four broad areas. A downloadable version of the competences can be found here.
A1 Have underpinning knowledge of sustainability principles in the management of the environment.
A2 Apply environmental knowledge and principles in pursuit of sustainable environmental management in professional practice.
A3 Analyse and evaluate problems from an environmental perspective, develop practical sustainable solutions and anticipate environmental trends to develop practical solutions.
B1 Promote behavioural and cultural change by influencing others to secure environmental improvements that go beyond minimum statutory requirements.
B2 Promote a strategic environmental approach
B3 Demonstrate leadership and management skills
C1 Demonstrate leadership and management skills
C2 Ability to liaise with, negotiate with, handle conflict and advise others, in individual and/or group environments (either as a leader or member).
D. Personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment
D1 Encourage others to promote and advance a sustainable and resilient approach by understanding their responsibility for environmental damage and improvement.
D2 Take responsibility for personal development and work towards and secure change and improvements for a sustainable future.
D3 Demonstrate an understanding of environmental ethical dilemmas
D4 Comply with relevant codes of conduct and practice
1. Find a Licensed Body:
To become a Chartered Environmentalist, you must first become a member of one of our 25 Licensed Bodies. Each of these are licensed to award CEnv status to members who fit the above criteria. Fees charged for membership each of the Licensed Bodies vary, and can typically be found through their website. Registration fees start from £84, with subscription rates starting at £42.
Registration and links to the relevant CEnv pages are listed below for each Licensed Body. Note that the prices shown are correct as of August 2018.
2. Speak to your Licensed Body about becoming a CEnv
Click on the links in the list above to find out more about each Licensed Body. This will provide useful information on which body might be right for you, as well as details to contact them. They will then be able to direct you on how to proceed with your application within their organisation.
3. Complete your written application and submit to your Licensed Body
Each Licensed Body will have their own form and application system. The CEnv page on each Licensed Body's website will give more information on how to receive your application form.
4. Arrange and attend a Peer-Reviewed Interview
Candidates must attend a peer-reviewed interview (PRI) and this will either be face-to-face or online using a video conferencing application. Some organisations charge for the interview process, and this is included in the costs tabulated above.
5. Sign the Society's Code of Professional Conduct
The Code of Conduct signed by all Chartered Environmentalists commits you to:
The webinar below gives more information on the application process, and the Q & A session at the end (timestamp 18.30) may help to answer some of your questions.
For additional information on the CEnv registration and how to apply, please contact our team or your professional body.