Chartered Membership

Being a Chartered member of CIWM demonstrates both your achievements in the profession of resource & waste management and your commitment to the sector.

You can apply to become a Chartered member if you’ve held another grade of membership for at least 6 months and meet the entry criteria.


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Benefits of Chartered Membership

  • Use of designatory letters MCIWM
  • Full voting rights on CIWM business
  • 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 Chartered Membership right for me?

Chartered membership is perfect for you if you are looking to make a powerful statement about your achievements in the wastes management industry and demonstrate your commitment to the profession. 

If you’ve held another grade of CIWM membership for at least 6 months and meet one of these 3 entry routes, you are welcome to apply:

  1. Have a degree or post-graduate qualification and have a minimum of four years relevant, continuous experience in wastes management including learning and development.
  2. Are a corporate member of a relevant Chartered Institution and have a minimum of two years' relevant continuous experience in wastes management.
  3. Have at least 5 years' relevant continuous experience in wastes management, including learning and development. This is the experienced practitioner route designed for those who have considerable experience in the resources and waste sector but have few or no formal qualifications. This requires the submission of a report with your application demonstrating how you meet key competencies achieved through practical experience.

For more information on criteria for becoming Chartered, click here.​

Chartered members can also apply to become a Chartered Environmentalist, with the designatory letter “CEnv”.​​

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What commitments do I have as a Chartered member?

As a Chartered member you’re required to keep a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record to demonstrate your commitment to professionalism, high standards and keeping up-to-date.

By getting involved in CIWM activities and using our resources regularly, a thorough CDP record can easily be achieved.

The Application Process

All candidates will need to attend a professional interview. There’s a high pass rate, however, rather like a driving test, not everybody passes first time.

It’s important to think carefully about what you need to be able to demonstrate before making your application. Have a look at the specific entry criteria in our step-by-step guide and make sure you’re familiar with what’s expected when applying.  

You also have the option of attending one of our Chartered workshops where you’ll be able to speak to CIWM staff, interviewers and other potential candidates about what’s involved.

Professional Interview

During the interview itself, you’ll need to demonstrate an awareness of the wider waste industry – beyond your immediate field of work – and the issues or “hot topics” affecting it.

CIWM member resources and benefits, such as the CIWM Journal and the quarterly CIWM Policy Update, are a great way to help develop your knowledge for that part of the interview assessment.

For interview and workshop dates, click here.

Chartered membership not quite right for you? Don’t worry, CIWM has a membership grade to suit all needs. Visit our membership grades section to find out more.