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.
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:
High level of theoretical knowledge of sustainability and environmental issues
Successful application of this knowledge to lead sustainable management of the environment
Effective interpersonal and communication skills
A personal commitment to maintain professional standards, and to recognise obligations to society, the profession and the environment
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:
Invitation to speak at events hosted by the Society, Licensed Bodies and partner organisations
Discounted access to a variety of events, conferences and networking opportunities
Opportunity to showcase your good practice case studies through the Society website and newsletters
Opportunity to attend cross-disciplinary events hosted by other professional bodies.
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.
Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex environmental information to determine sustainable courses of action.
Understand the wider environmental context in which the area of study or work is being undertaken.
Understand the importance of maintaining enhancing natural cycles and biodiversity in achieving sustainability.
Reformulate and use practical, conceptual or technological understanding of environmental management to develop ways forward in complex situations.
A2 Apply environmental knowledge and principles in pursuit of sustainable environmental management in professional practice.
Conceptualise and address problematic situations that involve many interacting environmental factors.
Determine and use appropriate methodologies and approaches.
Critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short and long-term implications.
Actively learn from results to improve future environmental solutions and approaches, and build best practice.
Negotiate the necessary contractual and agreed arrangements with other stakeholders
A3 Analyse and evaluate problems from an environmental perspective, develop practical sustainable solutions and anticipate environmental trends to develop practical solutions.
Analyse and evaluate problems, some complex, from an environmental perspective working sometimes with incomplete data.
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and addressing problems.
Demonstrate a critical awareness of current environmental problems and anticipate the impact of future environmental trends.Critically analyse and embrace new environmental information and seek new knowledge, skills and competences in the field of environment based on the most recent scientific, social, economic, cultural and technical developments and understanding
This covers the specific interface between the applicant’s professional activities and the environment, requiring underpinning knowledge of the principles of sustainability, the ability to apply it and the ability to analyse and evaluate problems. (Clicking on the heading above will expand this section to show you more details about the associated competences.)
B1 Promote behavioural and cultural change by influencing others to secure environmental improvements that go beyond minimum statutory requirements.
Develop good practices [best practice] by actively learning from results to improve future environmental solutions and approaches.
Help, mentor and support others to understand the wider environmental picture.
Advocate sustainability concerns and environmental issues, encourage others to actively contribute to environmental protection and sustainability.
B2 Promote a strategic environmental approach
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in developing strategies for sustainable development and environmental improvement.
Actively collaborate and engage with other disciplines and stakeholders and encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to environmental challenges
Identify constraints and exploit opportunities for the development and transfer of environmentally appropriate technology.
Identify areas of uncertainty and risk including health and safety, environmental, technical, business and reputational.
B3 Demonstrate leadership and management skills
Exercise autonomy and judgement across environmental and sustainability issues.
Motivate and influence others to agree and deliver environmental objectives.
Identify individual needs, plan for their development, assess individual performance and provide feedback.
Reflect on outcomes, identify and pursue improvements on previous practice.
These criteria entail a candidate demonstrating the ability to promote behavioural and cultural change, a strategic approach and leadership and management skills. (Clicking on the heading above will expand this section to show you more details about the associated competences.)
Deliver presentations to a wide spectrum of audiences
Lead and sustain debates
Contribute to and chair meetings and discussions
Identify, engage with and respond to a range of stakeholders
C2 Ability to liaise with, negotiate with, handle conflict and advise others, in individual and/or group environments (either as a leader or member).
Understand the motives and attitudes of others and be aware of different roles
Seek the opinions and contributions of others
Promote development opportunities and activities
Champion group decisions and manage conflict for the achievement of common goals and objectives
This covers the ability to communicate the case, liaise, negotiate and encourage others. (Clicking on the heading above will expand this section to show you more details about the associated competences.)
D1 Encourage others to promote and advance a sustainable and resilient approach by understanding their responsibility for environmental damage and improvement.
Inform and encourage others to consider environmental sustainability issues and the consequence of their decisions and actions.
D2 Take responsibility for personal development and work towards and secure change and improvements for a sustainable future.
Recognise the value of continued professional development (CPD) to the profession.
Have a strong desire to learn
Value and actively pursue personal professional development.
D3 Demonstrate an understanding of environmental ethical dilemmas
Understand the nature of professional responsibility
Identify the environmental ethical elements in decisions
Address and resolve problems arising from questionable environmental practice
D4 Comply with relevant codes of conduct and practice
Under the final section, the candidate must show a commitment to personal development, an understanding of ethical dilemma and a compliance with all relevant codes of practice and conduct. (Clicking on the heading above will expand this section to show you more details about the associated competences.)
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:
Act in accordance with the best principles for the mitigation of environmental harm and the enhancement of environmental quality;
Strive to ensure that the uses of natural resources are fair and sustainable, taking account of the needs of a diverse society;
Use my skills and experience to serve the needs of the environment and society;
Serve as an example to others for responsible environmental behaviour;
Not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentation or discrimination; and
Commit to maintaining my personal professional competence and strive to uphold the integrity and competence of my profession.
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.
Click here to view a selection of Chartered Environmentalist profiles from the professional bodies licensed to award the CEnv registration. These insights give an idea of the breadth of work done by environmental professionals, and could help you decide which professional body is right for you.
For additional information on the CEnv registration and how to apply, please contact our team or your professional body.