Associate Membership

With appropriate qualifications you can directly access professional membership of CIWM, including using AssocMCIWM after your name and other member benefits.

As well as professional status and designatory letters CIWM Associate Member benefits include access to knowledge and information and savings on networking events, conferences and training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Associate membership right for me?

Associate membership is a great way to demonstrate your commitment and the level you have already achieved in the resource and waste management profession.

Associate membership is perfect for you if have any of the following or equivalent qualifications: two A levels, a Higher National Certificate, a full wastes management COTC at NVQ level 4 awarded by WAMITAB, City and Guilds or SQA or an equivalent qualification and have a minimum of two years relevant continuous experience in wastes management.

If you have other qualifications at a similar level, please do contact us to see if they meet our entry criteria.

What are the benefits of Associate membership?

Associate members receive many of the benefits that other CIWM members receive. A full list of benefits can be found here. In addition, Associate members can use the designatory letter AssocMCIWM, which are instantly recognisable as a connection to CIWM, demonstrating passion and commitment to the wastes management industry. This will help demonstrate to a potential employer that you are committed to a career in the waste and resources profession.

What commitments do I have as an Associate member?

As an Associate member you are committing to professional standards within the wastes management industry. As an Associate Member you are encouraged to get involved in CIWM activities and make the most of your membership. The time committed is up to you! You are invited to attend regional CIWM Centre meetings and you can also get involved in Special Interest Groups.

What’s my next step after Associate membership?

As you progress your career, some Associate members choose to transfer their membership to Chartered Membership. This professional grade demonstrates further experience and is a professional qualification which can be achieved through the demonstration of key competencies that you have gained from practical experience in wastes management. This is done through the submission of a report. You will be encouraged to apply when you meet the entry criteria.

What is the cost of Associate membership?

Associate membership is £150 per annum.

You can claim Tax Relief on Membership Fees if you pay them yourself by visiting the website.

How do I join?

It’s simple. Create an account on this website. Then click on the Application for Professional Membership link and start completing the form. You can save the form at any time and return to it from your online account, via the “Applications” tab. You will need to upload copies of any relevant certificates and a copy of your CV. You will also need to provide two referees to support your application.

What happens next?

As soon as we have your application and it has been approved, we will send you an invoice for your fees.  When your fees are paid, you will be sent a welcome email, a membership certificate and you can start using your CIWM membership benefits.

What other grades of membership are there?

Some Associate members go on to Chartered Membership when they meet the entry criteria for this grade. Explore your possibilities here.

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