How to become chartered

To become a Chartered Waste Manager, you need to follow the steps below:

Step 1: Ensure you meet the Entry Criteria and Key Competencies:

Through your application, you need to ensure you demonstrate how you meet one of the three criteria given below:

 Has a degree or post-graduate qualification and has a minimum of four years relevant continuous experience in wastes management including structured training.
Is a Corporate Member of a relevant Chartered Institution and has a minimum of two years relevant continuous experience in wastes management.
If you don't meet either of the above criteria, you can apply via the Experienced Practitioner Route, which involves the submission of an additional report with your application form:

Experienced Practitioner Route

This route into Membership is designed for those who have considerable experience within the waste industry but have few or no formal qualifications. An additional report is required and should be submitted with your application. For full information please click HERE

Candidates for Chartered Waste Manager will be required to demonstrate how they meet the following competencies both in their application and at professional Interview

A. Knowledge and understanding of the wastes management Industry

To include:

  • Current and Impending Legislation
  • Waste Strategy
  • Hot Topics and Current Affairs
  • Structure of the Industry and who does what

B. Ability to analyse and evaluate problems and develop practical solutions

  • Give examples within own work of how this competence is met
  • Demonstrate creativity, innovation and Imagination

C. Leadership in the management of waste giving examples of

  • Team management
  • Project Management
  • Motivation
  • Commercial and financial
  • Mentoring and support
  • Health & Safety
  • Promotion of sustainable waste management

D. Effective Interpersonal Skills giving examples of:-

  • Written Communication
  • Presentations
  • Sharing information and giving advice
  • Chairing meetings and committee representation
  • Technical publications and reports written

E. A personal commitment to professional standards recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment. Give examples of:-

  • Promotion of sustainable waste management
  • Engagement with key stakeholders
  • Working within legislative and regulatory frameworks
  • Personal development and training

Step 2: Be a CIWM member

To help you, all Chartered Waste Manager candidates MUST have CIWM membership for at least 6 months prior to interview. CIWM benefits and resources are really helpful for your interview preparations. If you are not already a member, click for details on Fast Track Affiliate Membership


Taking part in the institution's Structured Learning and Development scheme will also help you prepare for your interview.

Step 3: Come to a Chartered Workshop 

All candidates for Chartered membership are encouraged to attend one of our workshops to help you learn more about the application process, what happens at the professional interview and how to prepare.  There will be some short presentations and discussion exercises in small groups to help you explore the different components of the interview. It also provides an opportunity to meet other candidates.They are free to attend and last about 2 hours. They take place at various locations in the UK in spring and autumn.  Dates, locations and links to book, can be found HERE

Step 4: Submit your application 

If you are not currently a member Click here for the Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM) Form

  • If you are already a member and are looking to upgrade to Chartered Waste Manager please login to your Members Page, click on My Account and then on the Upgrade Tab.You will then see the application form which will already be populated with the information from your membership record. 

    You can work on your application online and save it, returning to complete it if you need to.  To access your application after you've saved it, just login to your account, and go to the APPLICATIONS tab. It is not sent to us until you click on the SUBMIT button at the end of the application. 
    All applications are reviewed and we will contact you to clarify any details which may be missing.  You should submit your application by the deadline for your chosen interview date. All application deadlines and interview dates are listed HERE .

    Please be aware that the professional interview fee is £125.  This does not need to be submitted with your application. When your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be sent an invoice for your interview fee and you can arrange payment. You can pay online via your account. Full interview details are only issued when the professional interview fee has been paid.  

    Supporting Statement

    Your accompanying CV and report should demonstrate the relevance of your qualifications and experience.  The first part of the report will be a career review and should demonstrate how your work experience and career to date have led to a level of all-round professional competence. It should include :-  ·     
  • Details of previous and present posts in chronological order        
  • Demonstration of how the competencies have been achieved and how breadth of knowledge has been developed.      
  • Evidence of academic qualification with details of specific training courses attended.

    The second part of the report will be a review of relevant projects or specified activities demonstrating competence. It should relate to actual work for which the applicant has been personally responsible and can be taken from more than one project or activity. The report must be cross referenced against the achievement of each competence. These competences are at the heart of the process and have been designed to measure vocational training, experience and awareness.  Your CV should give details of qualifications and relevant employment/experience, including a job description for the candidate’s present post. Employment details should be listed in reverse chronological order.  All reports should be validated by your sponsors who shall confirm that the report represents the applicant's own work. 

Step 5: Attend a Professional Interview

All applicants for Full Membership are required to attend a professional interview. This procedure is a common entry requirement for most professional bodies. Interview dates are set in advance and there will normally be two interview days per year in each of the Institution's Regional Centres.

You can specify on your application your preferred interview date and region. Your interview date will be confirmed when your application is approved.  You will be advised of the time and location of your interview approximately 2 weeks before your interview. 

When CIWM is satisfied that the written application demonstrates prima facie that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria and has the competences required it shall conduct a Professional Review Interview.


Full details on the format of the interview are covered in the upgrade workshops held twice per year in each of the CIWM’s Regional Centres. Full guidance will also be sent to candidates when their interview date and venue is confirmed.

Chartered Environmentalist 

CIWM is a constituent body of The Society for the Environment, Full Members of CIWM can therefore register as a Chartered Environmentalist. Chartered Environmentalist candidates also need to attend a professional interview and these are organised on the same dates as the Chartered Waste Manager interviews.  It is possible to have a joint Chartered Waste Manager and Chartered Environmentalist interview.  


For further details or if you have any questions, please contact Gabriel Mancho 
Tel: 01604 620426