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 meet the entry criteria. We will strongly recommend you have held another grade of CIWM membership for at least 6 months prior to applying.


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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. We will strongly recommend you have held another grade of CIWM membership for at least 6 months prior to applying.

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 alsoapply 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.

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.