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|Licensed Professional Bodies|
As an umbrella organisation, the Society does not directly award the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) or Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registrations. Instead, it licenses professional bodies to award the registration to their appropriately experienced and knowledgeable members.
This uniquely allows the Society to bring together a range of disciplines and sectors and reflect the multi-disciplinary practice of environmental professionals. There are currently 25 professional bodies licensed to award CEnv status, 3 of which are also licensed to award the REnvTech status. The Licensed Bodies are drawn from a diverse spectrum of sectors including engineering, forestry, science, construction, ecology and waste management. This diversity of choice provides environmental professionals across many disciplines the opportunity to become chartered.
The first prerequisite to becoming a CEnv or REnvTech is to become a member of a Licensed Body. It is recommended that you select a Licensed Body that closely aligns with your area of expertise. Your application for registration will be submitted to your chosen body and assessed by their members.
Select the professional bodies below to view useful information about each, including their area of expertise and membership statistics, as well as relevant website links and contact information. Please note that Licensed Bodies offering REnvTech are highlighted in green.
About the Arboricultural Association
The Arboricultural Association is the largest institution in the UK for tree care professionals and have been supporting arborists since 1964. Their mission is to promote trees and the professionals who enable their sustainable management.
The Association are part of Greener UK partnership and collaborate with many related sectors wherever possible and relevant.This includes holding an annual conference in partnership with another body, such as CIEEM and the Landscape Institute, to help foster collaboration and understanding between professions.
Chartered Environmentalists in the Arboricultural Association offer a wider perspective on issues around the sustainable management of trees and a passionate expertise which helps trees to be regarded as an essential rather than an afterthought.
Whether you’re just starting a career as an arborist or are a fully qualified consultant or business owner who would like to expand your knowledge, you can join the home of professional arboriculture. Meet like-minded individuals through the Association's branch networks and expand your professional skills with their training, technical advice and online ‘help for arborists’ resources.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the Arboricultural Association's CEnv page
Contact the Arboricultural Association
About the CABE
Formed in 1925 as the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors, the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) is a leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the CABE's CEnv page
Contact the CABE
CIAT is the qualifying body for Architectural Technology and represents professionals studying and practising in the field in the UK and overseas. The Institute is the international qualifying body for Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT), and is responsible for creating a standard of competence for Chartered Membership. The Chartered Architectural Technologist qualification is well established and is recognised on a par with its fellow built environment professionals.
CIAT recognises that any construction project or development impacts on individuals, society and the natural environment and that the CIAT membership has a significant role in these processes. Decisions made at the conceptual design and detailed design stages can be pivotal in determining the sustainability of such projects. CIAT also recognises that achieving sustainable development is fundamental to improving the quality of life for all people across all nations.
CIAT also does specific environmental and sustainability work, through their involvement with the Sustainability of Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) steering group, as well as being partners of EcoBuild.
For more information and application details, follow the link to CIAT's CEnv page
CIEEM is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad. Their vision is of a society which values the natural environment and recognises the contribution of professional ecologists and environmental managers to its conservation.
Established in 1991 and receiving a Royal Charter in 2013, CIEEM have members drawn from across the employment sectors including local authorities, government agencies, NGOs, environmental consultancy, academia and industry. CIEEM see the diversity of their membership as their greatest strength, enabling them to take an integrated and holistic approach to furthering the management and enhancement of biodiversity and the ecological processes essential to a fully functional biosphere.
CIEEM represent the views and expertise of an informed, engaged and committed body of members. This allows them to work with other professional bodies, learned societies, associations and NGOs to hold governments to account over the continued improvement and implementation of environmental legislation and policy and ensure that messages are clear and unequivocal in terms of what needs to be done to safeguard and enhance the environment.
By becoming a member you will be joining the leading professional body representing ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad and supporting CIEEM's mission to raise the profile of the profession and to promote the highest standards of practice for the benefit of nature and society.
For more information and application details, follow the link to CIEEM's CEnv page
About the CIOB
The Chartered Institute of Building, the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, are at the heart of a management career in construction. Since 1834, the CIOB have promoted the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society. Their members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.
The CIOB also accredit university degrees and educational courses and their professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.
Globally the built environment generates 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and construction uses 32% of the world’s natural resources. Those two figures are part of the reason why environmental professionals working in this sector can make such a large impact to secure the future of our planet. Professionals cut carbon emissions by applying innovation and best practice to project design, construction, maintenance, operation, retrofit, and waste management.
The CIOB Carbon Action 2050 campaign spearheads their efforts in the areas of sustainability in construction while a Special Interest Group dedicated to Sustainability and the Environment draws together the CIOB members from a wide variety of roles in the sector.
The CIOB's public affairs engagement provides a platform for members who want to challenge the norm and change things. As part of that they regularly comment on and influence environmentally-related government consultations. People join the CIOB not only for the qualification (MCIOB or FCIOB) but to be part of a professional society that represents nearly every discipline within the built environment.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the CIOB's CEnv page
CIWEM is the leading international Royal Chartered professional body dedicated to the water and environment sector. They represent and support a community of thousands of members and organisations in 89 countries.
CIWEM provides an extensive range of services leading the industry in developing technical excellence, which include: Training courses; events featuring top level speakers, debate and networking; round table meetings driving thought leadership and policy development; publications; and independent policy position papers, guidance and codes of practice, all founded on impartiality and the use of scientific evidence.
For more information and application details, follow the link to CIWEM's CEnv page
Founded in 1898, CIWM is the leading professional membership body for people working in or with the resource and waste management sector. It supports its members to be successful in their roles by providing technical and career advice, information, training and networking.
It sets and maintains professional standards, developing and sharing knowledge and best practice. It provides an impartial, influential and respected voice for the sector in policy discussions in Belfast, Brussels, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and London, helping to ensure policy development is informed by practical and theoretical understanding and experience.
For more information and application details, follow the link to CIWM's CEnv page
About the Energy Institute
The Energy Institute (EI) is the professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together. They are a unique network with insight built over a century and spanning the world of energy, from conventional oil and gas to the most innovative low carbon and energy efficient technologies. The EI gather and share essential knowledge about energy, the skills that are helping us use it more wisely, and the good practice that keeps it safe and secure.
The EI articulate the voice of energy experts, taking the know-how of around 20,000 members from 120 countries to the heart of the public debate. They are an independent, not-for-profit, safe space for evidence-based collaboration, an honest broker between industry, academia and policy makers. The EI is for anyone who wants to better understand or contribute to the extraordinary energy system on which we all depend.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the EI's CEnv page
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The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is a professional membership organisation with grades for all those working, or with an interest in, engineering, science and technology within agriculture and the environment. A registered charity working for the public benefit, IAgrE brings together academics, practitioners and industry to share knowledge and promote professionalism in the advancement and application of technology in the land-based sector.
For more information and application details, follow the link to IAgrE's CEnv page
The Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) is the professional body for farmers, farm managers and others engaged in management in agriculture and associated rural businesses. Membership is also open to those associated with management in agriculture in its widest sense, such as consultants, advisers, academics and research workers.
IAgrM acts as a focal point for those who work in agricultural management and promote farm management as a profession. IAgrM publish specialist literature as well as a quarterly journal, Farm Management; they organise conferences, workshops and farm visits; and they provide information on management and ancillary courses available in agriculture and associated industries. IAgrM have an active network of local branches and use these to encourage local discussion and contact.
Chartered Environmentalist status is growing within IAgrM with the increasing awareness of the importance of the environment within those working in the Agriculture and the rural sectors.
For more information and application details, follow the link to IAgrM's CEnv page
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a professional membership body that sets the infrastructure agenda, advising governments and international bodies on delivering for the future. They provide the training, qualifications, resources and mentoring that allow their 92,000 members to successfully deliver in a fast changing world.
ICE raises the profile of engineering and promotes its contribution to quality of life while educating and inspiring future generations to work in infrastructure. Recognised around the world, getting chartered through ICE will boost your status and open the door to a great career, with Fellowship of ICE seen as the ultimate mark of distinction for experts operating at the top of the profession.
Chartered Environmentalists in ICE are at the forefront of ensuring that the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure is carried out in a manner which supports the three pillars of sustainability while protecting and enhancing the environment in the widest sense.
For more information and application details, follow the link to ICE's CEnv page
The Institute of Chartered Foresters is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK and is the only UK body to offer the Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist titles. The Institute regulates standards of entry to the profession; provides support to its members; guidance to professionals in other sectors; information to the general public; and educational advice and training to both students and tree professionals seeking to develop their careers in the forestry and arboricultural industry.
The Institute works to foster a greater public awareness and understanding of forestry in order to serve a variety of commercial, recreational, environmental and scientific interests.
For more information and application details, follow the link to ICF's CEnv page
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for chemical, biochemical and process engineers and other professionals involved in the chemical, process and bioprocess industries. With a membership exceeding 40,000 members in around 100 countries, and offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK; IChemE aims to be the organisation of choice for chemical engineers.
IChemE promote competence and a commitment to best practice, advance the discipline for the benefit of society and support the professional development of members. As well as awarding CEnv, IChemE are the only organisation licensed to award Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer status.
For more information and application details, follow the link to IChemE's CEnv page
About the IED
Established in 1945, the IED is a Chartered Body representing over 5000 members working in engineering and product design. Benefits include fantastic networking opportunities, an excellent bi-monthly journal, legal advice helpline, Professional Indemnity insurance deals, local branch activities and CPD. Suitably qualified members receive guidance and support for registration with the Engineering Council, the Society for the Environment and the IED’s own Register for Product Designers.
All designers have huge responsibility for the environment. Designers specify what something is made of, how it is made and what happens to it at end of life. All designers need to be aware of environmental issues and the impact of their work, and Chartered Environmentalist designers within the IED lead on these issues, helping to ensure the message is widespread within the profession.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the IED's CEnv page
Contact the IED:
Telephone: +44 (0)1373 822801
IEMA are the worldwide alliance of environment and sustainability professionals. They are an independent network of more than 14,000 people in over 100 countries, working together to make our organisations and new developments and infrastructure future-proof. Belonging to IEMA gives members the knowledge, connections, recognition, support and opportunities needed to lead collective change, with IEMA’s global sustainability standards as the benchmark.
By mobilising their expertise, IEMA continues to challenge norms, influence governments, drive new kinds of enterprise, inspire communities and show how to achieve measurable change on a global scale.
IEMA operate across the sustainability spectrum. The IEMA Impact Assessment and Global Environmental Social Assessment (GESA) networks delivers leading practice in multiple sustainability assessment areas, including best practice in soil, cultural heritage and international social issues, as well as tackling industry-wide issues such as the rise of digital tools and taking a proportional approach assessment.
The IEMA Climate Change and Energy Network is a collection of IEMA members helping professionals take action in their organisation to combat what is recognised as the biggest challenge of our time.
The IEMA Fellows network brings together the forefront change agents in sustainability to lead the agenda in the emerging trends of our time, from the 4th Industrial Revolution to the Digital Economy.
In addition to these networks, IEMA’s work on International Standards such as ISO14001, Brexit and Environmental governance, and sustainable finance ensures members stay up to date with- and ahead of- the latest trends in environment and sustainability.
For more information and application details, follow the link to IEMA's CEnv page
About the IES
The IES utilise their network of professionals, educational institutions, researchers and policy-makers to stand up for science, scientists and the natural world. They create an environmental science profession that is informed, trusted and a positive contributor to a healthy, sustainable society, economy and environment.
The IES represent professionals from fields as diverse as air quality, land condition and education - wherever you find environmental work underpinned by science. Members are passionate about the environment and the IES themselves are unapologetic about promoting science in leading to behavioural change.
The IES aims to equip members not just with a technical understanding of the science, but with an understanding of how science operates in context and the practical skills to promote a transition to a sustainable society.
IES has environment and sustainability at the heart of its activities. Their quarterly journal, environmental SCIENTIST, is themed around critical contemporary environmental challenges. The IES has a packed calendar of events throughout the year, as well as numerous member-driven communities around various environmental themes. With an average growth of 11% per annum over the past five years, the IES is one of the fastest growing professional bodies in the UK.
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About the IFM
Created in 1969 to represent fisheries professionals across all sectors, the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) have 10 regional branches across the UK and Ireland. They are one of the largest providers of specialist fisheries training in the UK and have developed their own training system.
They organise many events through the year, from major international symposia to small branch visits and talks.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the IFM's CEnv page
With over 120,000 members in 140 countries, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has been at the heart of the mechanical engineering profession since 1847, striving to improve the world through engineering by developing engineers, promoting engineering, informing opinion and encouraging innovation.
As part of engaging with their membership base and the industry as a whole, IMechE promote a wide range of events which help to push their agenda forward and highlight areas and topics which are relevant to the sector.
Mechanical engineers work in many areas that are at the centre of resource consumption, ranging from energy generation and distribution, through transport and built infrastructure, to the manufacture of industrial and consumer goods. Chartered Environmentalists within IMechE are therefore in a strong position to influence the use of the world's resources, through the designs created, the materials specified, the manufacturing processes used, the efficiency of operation that can be achieved and the end of life options provided for products and machines.
For more information and application details, follow the link to IMechE's CEnv page
IOM3 are the professional body focused on the 'Materials Cycle': the circular model of processes and practices around the exploration, extraction, processing, forming, testing, application, maintenance and recycling/reuse and repurposing of natural resources.
All 22 of IOM3's technical groups pursue environmentally related agendas, each focusing on a different aspect of the Materials Cycle. IOM3 also has a Sustainable Development group, which deals directly with environmental technology, its development and promotion.
IOM3 work within a number of sectors where registered professionals are necessary. Registration guarantees an individual is committed to life long learning through continuing professional development, and work to the highest ethical standards of the Society for the Environment's code of professional conduct.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the CEnv page for IOM3
The Institute of Water is the only professional body which caters exclusively for the UK water sector. Their aim is to inspire Members to reach their potential through learning, development, recognition and networking.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the water sector, at any level and from any discipline. Members are drawn from water companies, suppliers, contractors, consultants and regulators, with something to offer for everyone.Benefits of Membership include regional and national water specific events, a gateway to professional registration in engineering, science and the environment, use of IWater's exclusive online CPD platform, a soon to be launched online mentoring platform, and a revered quarterly magazine.
IWater organises the Environment Conference biennially, as well as regional events focusing on environmental topics of interest. There is also an Environment feature in each quarterly magazine, a mentoring programme (can connect with Environmental professionals), Environment Panel, and the opportunity to become an assessor.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the IWater page for both REnvTech and CEnv
About the Nuclear Institute
The Nuclear Institute is the professional membership body and learned society for the nuclear industry. Representing over 2,500 professionals, both technical and non-technical, at all levels across the nuclear industry, from new build and operations to decommissioning and waste management, the NI sets the standards for nuclear professionalism.
The newest of the Society for the Environment's Licensed Bodies, the Nuclear Institute was first granted a license to award CEnv and REnvTech registrations in July 2018 and is in the process of creating resources for the registration. More information coming soon.
RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the valuation, development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
RICS environmental work is focused around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This culminates in their publication 'Advancing Responsible Business in Land, Construction and Real Estate Use and Investment', published in partnership with the UN Global Compact. This document feeds into the vision and strategic goals of RICS.
RICS CEnv professionals work across the land, property and construction sectors ensuring that their surveying activities are performed with the principles of sustainability at the core. Key to this is the real estate lifecycle concept, considering the acquisition, development and use of land and its continual cycle through these stages.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the RICS CEnv page
About the RSC
A not-for-profit organisation with over 54,000 members, a heritage that spans 175 years, and an international publishing and knowledge business, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists. They support and represent members, bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world.
The RSC is made up of 9 divisions, with one of these specifically focused on the Environment, Sustainability and Energy. The RSC also contains 73 Special Interest Groups; scientific networks run by members for their community,and many of these are environmentally focused. These groups organise events, varying from multi-day conferences to workshops, in order to cater to both their members and the wider scientific community. Relevant Interest groups include:
For more information and application details, follow the link to the RSC's CEnv page
Contact the RSC
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About the SEE
For more information and application details, follow the link to the SEE's CEnv page
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The SOE works to advance Operations Engineering for the benefit of everyone through education, training, study and research. The SOE also establishes and maintains standards of competence and conduct for those engaged in Operations Engineering professionally, with an emphasis on enhancing public safety. Through its Professional Sectors of IRTE, IPlantE and BES, theSOE directly influences the road transport, plant and engineer surveying sectors, developing best practice and improving compliance across the board.
Members of the SOE are actively involved in activities aimed at improving conditions of the general population. Whether it be in the energy sector, transportation or government, their members are often at the centre of innovations designed to protect the environment. In the transport sector, members are at the forefront of vehicle technology designed to reduce harmful emissions. This can be in form of electric or hybrid technology vehicles, with the aim of developing low or zero emission transportation. Their plant members work, in many cases, to develop technology for renewable energy.
For more information and application details, follow the link to the SOE's CEnv page