Due to the recent developments with regards to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Chartered upgrade interviews will run as scheduled via electronic means. There may however be some slight changes with regards to the interview dates depending on the availability of the interviewers. We aim to conduct the interviews electronically, via Go To Meetings or Skype for example, in order to avoid non-essential travel and comply with the current guidelines to keep us all safe.

Note that the application submission deadline for all Centres remains the same and we will be contacting you within 4-5 working days after your submission with feedback. Once your application has been approved, further details of the interview panel and instructions on how to join your interview will be emailed to you.

Please do not hesitate to contact membership@ciwm.co.uk should you have any questions.

Chartered Membership

Becoming a Chartered member of CIWM not only demonstrates your commitment to the sector but also shows that you have been peer-reviewed and possess the high levels of knowledge and experience required for Chartered status.

While we encourage you to join CIWM as an Affiliate or Associate member prior to applying for Chartered membership, you do not have to be a member of CIWM in order to apply to become Chartered.


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Chartered Member Application Guidance Notes


Benefits of Chartered Membership

  • Use of designatory letters MCIWM
  • Full voting rights on CIWM business
  • Bi-monthly Circular magazine
  • Savings on events, conferences and training
  • Access to CIWM's online knowledge centre 
  • Access to website members area
  • Access to digital Circular archive 
  • Technical helpline
  • Weekly e-newsletters

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 meet one of these entry routes below, you are welcome to apply. While we encourage you to join as an Affiliate or Associate member prior to applying for Chartered membership, you do not have to be a member of CIWM in order to apply to become Chartered.

Route Qualification Experience in Waste and Resources (minimum)
A CIWM accredited Degree level or higher Qualification
3 years (post undergraduate degree qualification)
B Other relevant degree level or higher qualification
4 years (post undergraduate degree qualification)
C Chartered Member of another relevant Institution 2 years
D Relevant non-degree level qualifications e.g. WAMITAB*.
5 years
E Relevant significant experience 5 years

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 Circular, our award-winning member-only magazine, and the CIWM Knowledge Centre, are a great way to help develop your knowledge for that part of the interview assessment.

There is an interview fee of £125 which is payable once you have been approved for interview.

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.