Fellow Membership

Being awarded Fellow of CIWM demonstrates that you are a leading professional in the sector and serves as a formal acknowledgement of your considerable achievements in the field of resources and waste management.

Similarly to Chartered Resource and Waste Managers, Fellows are peer-assessed to ensure that they meet the required criteria and can make the necessary commitment required to hold the Fellow grade. Applicants must demonstrate their distinguished accomplishments in the sector and commit to upholding the highest levels of professionalism.


Benefits of Fellow Membership

  • Showcase your achievement by using the postnominals FCIWM
  • Give back to the sector by becoming a mentor outside of CIWM through our mentor matching service
  • Meet and connect with future industry leaders and potential employees via the CIWM New Member Network
  • Shape the future of our organisation by applying to be a Trustee or President of CIWM
  • Receive enhanced coverage of your career and your work through Circular magazine, Circular Online and the CIWM Knowledge Centre
  • Give back to CIWM by becoming a mentor to more junior members

This is just a selection of the benefits of Fellow Membership. To view all our member benefits click here.

Is becoming a Fellow right for me?

You are eligible to become a Fellow of CIWM if you have a minimum of 11 years’ experience in the resources and waste. You can become a Fellow through the Chartered route if you have been a Chartered member for seven years or through the direct route if you are not Chartered but have been in the sector for more than 11 years with five of these at a senior level.

Routes Experience Application requirements
Chartered route 7 years of Chartered membership
  • Up to date CV and Personal Statement showing evidence of distinguished professional attainment* in the sphere of resource and waste management
  • Up to date CPD record evidencing a commitment to professional development
  • Statement of how you have supported, or intend to support, the work of CIWM
  • 3 sponsors (all Chartered, one Fellow)  who can sign a declaration which states that, in their opinion, you meet the qualities and requirements* to become a Fellow
Direct route 11 years’ experience in the sector with five of these at a senior level
  • Up to date CV and Personal Statement showing evidence of distinguished professional attainment* in the sphere of resource and waste management
  • Personal statement evidencing how you meet the Chartered competences including relevant examples from your CV.
  • Up to date CPD record evidencing a commitment to professional development
  • Statement of how you have supported, or intend to support, the work of CIWM
  • 3 sponsors (all Chartered, one Fellow) who can sign a declaration which states that, in their opinion, the member meets the qualities and requirements* to become a Fellow

The process of becoming a Fellow

Candidates must complete an application form and submit this to our Membership Support team for consideration. Applications must be sponsored as outlined above.

The assessment process includes a professional interview and panel discussion. If you are already a Chartered member, your assessment includes a panel discussion only.

The application forms also contain the relevant guidance notes, please ensure you download the right one:

To request an application form and find out about the next application date please email education@ciwm.co.uk detailing which route you’re applying for.