Licentiate Membership - LCIWM

Is a Corporate class of membership for those who have undertaken vocational training since completing their first degree but do not yet have the four years' experience required for Chartered Waste Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Licentiate membership right for me?

Licentiate membership is perfect for you if have a degree, a minimum of one year's experience in the wastes management industry and have undergone a period of vocational training which may consist of one or more of the following options:

  • Satisfactory completion of a module of a post-graduate course on wastes management provided by a university, and approved for this purpose by CIWM; or
  • Satisfactory completion of a full waste management COTC at NVQ level 4 awarded by WAMITAB, City and Guilds or SQA; or
  • Satisfactory completion of the HNC in Wastes Management/Foundation Degree in wastes Management; or
  • Satisfactory completion of the Open University's Diploma in Pollution Control; or
  • Satisfactory completion of a relevant Higher Level Award (HLA) at level 4; or
  • If you have completed any other training which you think may be suitable, please contact our Membership Team to see if it meets our entry criteria for Licentiate Membership.

Licentiate Membership is often achieved by CIWM Graduate members and is popular with those in the early to mid stages of developing their career.

What are the benefits of Licentiate membership?

Licentiate members receive many of the benefits that other CIWM members receive. A full list of benefits can be found here. In addition, Licentiate members can use the designatory letters LCIWM, which are instantly recognisable as a connection to CIWM, demonstrating passion and commitment to the wastes management industry. This will help demonstrate to a potential employer that you are committed to a career in the waste and resources profession.

Licentiate membership is a Corporate/Full grade of membership and therefore allows full voting rights on CIWM business so you can get more actively involved in the work of CIWM . Licentiate members are also encouraged to take part in our Structured Learning and Development programme so that when you meet the criteria, you will be eligible to apply for Chartered membership and use the title Chartered Waste Manager.

Our New Member Network is a great way to meet other new and younger professionals in the industry and aid your professional development too.

What commitments do I have as an Licentiate member?

As a Licentiate you are committing to professional standards within the wastes management industry. Licentiate members are encouraged to get involved in CIWM activities and make the most of your membership. The time committed is up to you!

How do I join?

It’s simple. Click on the Application for Professional Membership link and start completing the form. You can save the form at any time and return to it from your online account, via the “Applications” tab. You will need to upload copies of any relevant certificates and a copy of your CV. You will also need to provide two referees to support your application who should be Chartered Members or Fellows of CIWM or another professional body.

What is the cost of Licentiate membership?

Licentiate membership is £200 per annum. This is the same price as a Chartered Member and is a Corporate/Full grade of membership with voting rights. Licentiate members are encouraged to apply for Chartered Membership when they meet the entry criteria, usually after gaining 4 years experience in the wastes management industry.

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What happens next?

As this is a Corporarte class of Membership we will write to you sponsors for references. As soon as we have received these and your application has been approved we will send you an invoice for your fees. When your fees are paid, you will be sent a welcome email, a membership certificate and you can start using your CIWM membership benefits.

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