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Become a Licensed Body of the Society for the Environment

Introduction

The Society for the Environment is the body responsible for the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) professional registrations. Since receiving its Royal Charter in 2004, the Society has overseen the registration of over 9,000 environmental professionals, drawn from a diverse range of fields, such as engineering, forestry and waste management.

As an umbrella organisation, the Society currently comprises twenty-five professional organisations as Constituent Bodies (CBs) - our members. These organisations promote the Society and its work, sit on the Society's council, and help to make strategic decisions.

Currently all twenty-five CBs have also been licensed by the Society to award the CEnv registration to their appropriately experienced and knowledgeable members, with three of these bodies also licensed to award REnvTech status.

This page lays out the process of becoming a new CB and Licensed Body (LB) and serves as a useful summary of the important information for prospective CBs/LBs. The Licensed Body Practice Direction provides in greater detail the exact requirements and obligations for CBs and LBs.

 

The first step in obtaining a licence to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) or Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registration is to join the Society for the Environment as a Constituent Body (CB).

Although there are not currently any CBs without a licence to award CEnv status, it is possible for an organisation to remain solely a CB indefinitely, provided they continue to fulfil their obligations.

To become a Constituent Body, an organisation must:

  • Be an independent institute, institution, society or similar body with individual members and the purpose of developing and advancing a profession or body of knowledge
  • Be financially viable, maintain financial accounts in accordance with standard accounting practice and have been in existence for at least five years
  • Promote the profession in the interest of the public as well as that of its individual members
  • Be committed to demonstrating continuous improvement in the environmental performance of the organisation.

To become a Licensed Body, a CB must:

  • Be able to assess the competence, knowledge and commitment of candidates for registration
  • Be able to monitor the continued professional development of registrants
  • Regulate and monitor the professional conduct of its individual membership in accordance with the Society for the Environment Code of Professional Conduct, applying disciplinary procedures in the event of complaints of unprofessional conduct
  • Have an acceptable cohort of registrable members, meeting the requirements of CEnv and/or REnvTech
  • Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience administering membership standards, with a review mechanism in place before a candidate is given the assessment decision
  • Have a process in place for marketing the CEnv and/or REnvTech qualifications
  • Ensure that its individual members are bound by the professional body’s code of conduct
  • Provide opportunities for continuing professional development.

There are several obligations that must be met to remain either a Constituent or a Licensed Body.

Constituent Bodies must:

  • Agree to be bound by the Charter, the Object, the Bye Laws, the Regulations and the Practice Directions of the Society
  • Agree to promote the Society and its work programmes
  • Agree to pay such fees and subscriptions as may be determined from time to time by the Board
  • Agree to inform the Society of any proposed changes to its constitution or individual membership requirements.

Licensed Bodies must also:

  • Agree to be reviewed by the Society's Registration Authority
  • Comply with the Society's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) policy
  • Pay Licence Fees to the Society
  • Complete an Annual Licence Body Report, providing information relating to their License during the previous calendar year.

To become a Constituent Body (CB), an organisation must complete the application form, supplying evidence demonstrating that it meets the criteria described above. A review will then be undertaken to determine whether the professional body can become a CB.

Reviews are carried out following ISO standard quality assurance procedures, by two reviewers appointed by the Society. The review includes the examination of documents provided in the application, as well as an interview of relevant CB staff. A report will be made to the Society's Council for a decision on whether to allow the professional body to become a CB.

Constituent Bodies that wish to obtain a licence and become a Licensed Body (LB) must fill in a different application form and attend a similar review. The reviewers will then report to the Society’s Registration Authority (RA) which will decide on whether to approve the license application, either with or without specified conditions being met.

The RA will only reject a license application if major non-conformances with the criteria outlined above are found during the review that cannot be eliminated from the system by the next RA meeting. In this case, the prospective Licensed Body will be encouraged to re-apply once the issues have been resolved.

For more information on becoming a CB or LB, please contact Head of Licensing, Registration and Standards Geoff Atkins at geoff.atkins@socenv.org.uk

Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
EC1.1 Enterprise Centre, Puma Way 
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
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