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Chartered Environmentalist Registration




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 7,500 Chartered Environmentalists registered, drawn from a range of diverse fields such as engineering, forestry, ecology, waste management and many more. 

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.

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:


  • 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.


Increased opportunities


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.


More information


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 24 professional bodies licensed by the Society to award CEnv registration to members - our "Licensed Members". Each Licensed Member 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 Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) registration is also offered by the Society for the Environment and may be a suitable alternative for those with knowledge equivalent to a Level 5 qualification. More information on becoming a REnvP can be found here.

A downloadable version of the competences is available here »

Applicants must demonstrate how they meet each of the following 12 competences.

A1 Have underpinning knowledge of sustainability principles in the management of the environment.

This normally includes the ability to:

  • 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.

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.

C1 Demonstrate leadership and management skills

  • 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.
  • Influence decision-making.
  • 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.

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 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

1. Find a Licensed Member:

To become a Chartered Environmentalist, you must first become a member of one of our 24 Licensed Members. Each of these are licensed to award CEnv status to members who fit the above criteria. Fees charged for membership each of the Licensed Members vary, and can typically be found through their website. Registration fees start from £88, with subscription rates starting at £44.

Registration and links to the relevant CEnv pages are listed below for each Licensed Member. Note that the prices shown are correct as of Oct 2020.



Licensed Member

Registration Fees (includes initial subscription)

 Annual CEnv




Arboricultural Association  (AA)







Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)








Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)








Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management  (CIEEM)








Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)



£3 53


£ 70




Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)









Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)







Energy Institute (EI)








Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)








Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM)



Contact IAgrM for details


Contact IAgrM for details



Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)








Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)



Contact ICF for details 






Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)



Contact IChemE for details


Contact IChemE for details



Institution of Engineering Designers (iED)








Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)



Contact IEMA for details


Contact IEMA for details



Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)








Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM)








Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)








Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)








Institute of Water (IWater)








Nuclear Institute (NI)







Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)








Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)








Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)


Contact SOE for details



Contact SOE for details


2. Speak to your Licensed Member about becoming a CEnv

Click on the links in the list above to find out more about each Licensed Member. 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 Member

Each Licensed Member will have their own form and application system. The CEnv page on each Licensed Member'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.

Have you been a CEnv in the past, let your registration lapse, but would like to register to become a CEnv again? It might be easier to reinstate than you think!

If you have been unable to continue as a CEnv registrant due to non-payment of your annual fee(s) for any reason, you may still be able to reinstate as a CEnv registrant again without completing the full application process a second time.

To find out more, please visit the reinstatement page »


More information

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.


Explore #iamCEnv

The World of Chartered Environmentalists

The Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) community is coming together throughout August 2020 to tell the world about their vital work. For those aspiring to become a CEnv or an environmental professional more widely, this is the place for some serious insight and inspiration from across sectors, disciplines and experience levels!

To check out what the CEnv community is saying, search for #iamCEnv on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. You'll find inspiring video clips, interviews, webinars, wise words of advice and more popping up throughout August. Or, to find out more information, visit our #iamCEnv website hub »


Don't take our word for it...

The View Of

Amanda Williams CEnv, registered via IEMA

Sustainability Manager - Landmarc Support Services    

“It is a great privilege to be one of over 7,400 registered Chartered Environmentalists from a diverse range of fields. This provides access to a network of like-minded professionals, a sense of belonging in a challenging area of work, and highlights a longstanding commitment to using your skills and experience to serve the needs of the environment and society. I like to see it as being part of an army of people pulling in (roughly) the same direction to make the world a better place.” 

Read more about Amanda »


We are pleased to have a wide selection of CEnv profiles from across sectors. These insights give an idea of the breadth of environmental expertise covered by CEnv registrants, and could help you decide which professional body is right for you. Visit profiles »


For additional information on the CEnv registration and how to apply, please contact our team or your professional body.



Licensed Member Bodies:

All CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech registrants successfully applied for environmental registration via their membership of one of the professional institutions below.

Find out more about CEnv, REnvP and REnvTech registration »

Arboricultural Association (AA)
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Energy Intitute (EI)
Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM)
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)
Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Institution of Engineering Designers (iED)
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)
Institute of Water (IWater)
Nuclear Institute (NI)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)

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