Associate Membership

Associate membership shows your commitment to the sector and demonstrates your achievement in the resource & waste management profession.

As an Associate member, you’re committing to professional standards within the sector. You’re encouraged to make the most of your membership by getting involved in CIWM activities – you’ll be invited to regional CIWM Centre meetings and you can also get involved in Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Ultimately, however, the time committed is up to you.

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Benefits of Associate Membership


  • Use of designatory letters AssocMCIWM
  • Access to knowledge and information
  • Monthly CIWM Journal
  • Savings on events, conferences and training
  • Weekly e-newsletters
  • Access to website members area
  • Quarterly MVO Magazine
  • Access to digital CIWM Journal archive
  • Technical helpline

Is Associate membership right for me?

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
  • plus two years relevant continuous experience in wastes management.

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

Becoming Chartered (via the experienced practitioner route)

As you progress in your career, many Associate members choose to become Chartered members. This professional grade demonstrates further experience and is a professional qualification (Chartered Waste Manager) that can be achieved through the demonstration of key competencies that you have gained from practical experience in wastes management. Visit the Chartered membership page for more.