Associate Membership

As one of our professional membership grades, Associate membership is perfect for those with a good understanding of resources and waste management, either through their studies or from their experience working in the sector.

You’ll have access to the full range of CIWM benefits, as well as dedicated post-nominals that you can use to showcase your knowledge and experience, helping you stand out from the crowd. Combine that with access to tailored mentoring and career support and you’ll be well on your way to success!

From Associate membership, you can apply to become a Chartered Resources and Waste Manager as you progress through your career.

Associate Membership


You need a degree-level qualification or 2+ years of experience working in the resources and waste management sector to be eligible for Associate membership.


£166 per year

Spread the cost of your membership when you pay by Direct Debit:

  • £41.50 (quarterly Direct Debit)
  • £13.84 (monthly Direct Debit)


Dedicated post-nominals AssocMCIWM
Weekly member newsletter
Quarterly issue of Circular magazine
Access to the CIWM Knowledge Centre
Support from CIWM mentors
Networking opportunities
Exclusive savings on CIWM events and training
Technical advice and support

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Qualification Level Required

Options include:
  • A CIWM accredited degree
  • A relevant non-CIWM accredited degree or degree-level qualification
  • Completion of a CIWM endorsed or accredited competence framework (e.g. EA PER Certificate)
  • Level 4 or higher technical qualification recognised or accredited by CIWM
2 years
Options include:
  • Completion of a Waste and Resource Operative apprenticeship
  • A relevant non-degree level qualification
More than 2 years

The Application Process

To apply for Associate membership, you need to complete an online application form and submit the following:

An up-to-date CV

Your CV should outline your full employment history in chronological order and will be used to check that you meet the entry criteria. Make sure you include information about each position, including the level and scope of work involved, and the level of responsibility, such as supervising staff and controlling finances.

A competency-based supporting statement

Your personal statement should explain how you’re working towards meeting the seven competences for Chartered status. You’re not expected to meet each of the competences at this stage, but you should show how your current skills and experience compare to them.

A development log

As part of your application, you'll be asked to submit a development log of the learning and development activities you’ve completed in the past 12 months prior to your application. This demonstrates your commitment to continuing professional development (CPD).

Member handbook

We’ve created a member handbook to help you make the most of your membership. In it, you’ll find everything you need to know about the benefits we offer and how you can access them.

Download our member handbook

Not sure which grade is right for you?

Use our grade finder tool to find your perfect fit. Answer a few simple questions and we’ll recommend the grade most relevant to your experience and qualifications.

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How do I become a member?

Complete our online registration and gain instant access to a whole host of exclusive benefits designed to enhance your career.

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