Webinar: REnvTech Insight - Why Become a Registered Environmental Technician
We are aware that us simply telling you why to become a Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) only goes so far. We therefore decided to offer the perspectives of current CEnvs to give a first hand account of why they took the step to register.
In this webinar, we will hear from an REnvTech and a CEnv who is a mentor and assessor, both from water company, Anglian Water.
Steve Coles REnvTech discusses why he does what he does, what encouraged him to become an REnvTech, how registration has helped him along the way and touch upon his future plans. David Mann MIWater CEnv, offers his thoughts on why professional registration is important to him and Anglian Water and is keen to encourage other organisations to support environmental professionals.
"It was very fulfilling and on the whole a very positive process.
"I find that since I have had the qualification, it has allowed me a lot more confidence when I'm talk to other people about the environmental side of the business... it allows me a little bit more leverage when collaborating with external contractors and talking to management."
A fantastic opportunity to gain an understanding of what it means to be an REnvTech, from an REnvTech, as well as finding out how professional registration helps the individual and the organisation. It was great to hear from Steve Coles REnvTech and David Mann CEnv who gave their perspective on the professional registration.
Steve was initially encouraged to become a Registered Environmental Technician because it was a nice way to tie in his personal and professional interest in the environment. He also saw it as added leverage within Anglian Water to advance his role as Biodiversity Champion. Steve gained his REnvTech registration through the Institute of Water in 2015.
I have spent that last 20 years working in the water industry. Nearly all of that time has been in a focussed on the abstraction and treatment of drinking water. The roles have varied but all the way through I have considered myself a professional environmentalist.
When I was working as a Tactical Support Manager in 2014 I was approached to consider becoming a Chartered Environmentalist with the Institute of Water. It was something that I’d looked at before but decided that as I hadn’t got a masters degree it was probably a step too far. I was so wrong – my experiential learning gave me more than enough material to complete a masters equivalence report and to provide lots of material for the professional review.
I wanted to become a CEnv so that I could have a ‘louder voice’ in environmental debates both within Anglian Water and beyond. It has certainly done that for me. I also wanted to help other people to develop in a similar way and have now helped several other people to achieve professional registration at both REnvTech and CEnv across the business.
I have now become a CEnv assessor for the Institute of Water which has allowed me to visit many other businesses to assess candidates for Chartership. This is a great privilege which has meant that I have met a lot of interesting people, broadened my knowledge of environmental management outside of my industry and brought back some great practice to my own business.