Workshop and Interview Programme Autumn 2020

CIWM has two application deadlines for those applying to become a Chartered Waste Manager; one in Spring and one in Autumn each year. Once dates are confirmed for the next application period they will appear below.

There are three key dates for each region*.

  1. A free workshop for those wishing to understand more about the application process and discuss any queries they have. More details about the content of the workshops can be found at the links within each region below.
  2. The application deadline.
  3. The professional interview.

Dates are scheduled regionally and you can follow the timeline for whichever region is most convenient for you.

You’ll find more details about the process on our Chartered membership page, as well as in the frequently asked questions section at the bottom of this page.

If you have any other questions or would like to discuss your own application please contact or call 01604 620426.

Workshops sponsored by:

Online Chartered Upgrade Workshop Recording

Over the past few months, we have hosted several Chartered upgrade webinars in place of our usual in-person workshops. These interactive events were designed to give you insight into the process of becoming a Chartered Resources and Waste Manager, including how to demonstrate the required competences in your application and how to prepare for the professional interview. If you were unable to join us, the recording of one of our workshops, which took place on 22 September 2020, is now available to watch.

Find out more about the interview process in this informal mock-interview session

In a recent Chartered drop-in session, we explored the interview process in detail through a mock-interview, during which CIWM’s Senior Vice President, Dr Adam Read, was interviewed by a panel of CIWM Fellows.

This informal session included important insights about how to prepare for the interview stage of the Chartered membership application process and explored what interviewers are looking for from candidates. If you missed this online event, you can watch the recording here.

~ London and Southern Counties ~

Application deadline: Friday 16 October

Professional Interview date: Thursday 19 November

~ East Anglia ~

Application deadline: Tuesday 03 November

Professional Interview date: Thursday 3 December

~ North East ~

Application deadline: Friday 16 October

Professional Interview date: Tuesday 17 November

~ North West ~

Application deadline: Friday 30 October

Professional Interview date: Wednesday 25 November

~ South West ~

Application deadline: Tuesday 3 November

Professional Interview date: Tuesday 1 December

~ Midlands ~

Application deadline: Friday 30 October

Professional Interview date: Wednesday 25 November

~ Republic of Ireland ~

Application deadline: Friday 6 November

Professional Interview date: Monday 7 December

~ Northern Ireland ~

Application deadline: Friday 6 November

Professional Interview date: Monday 7 December

~ North Wales ~

Application deadline: Friday 23 October

Professional Interview date: Wednesday 25 November

~ South Wales ~

Application deadline: Friday 23 October

Professional Interview date: Wednesday 25 November

~ Scotland ~

Application deadline: Friday 16 October

Professional Interview date: Thursday 26 November

Chartered Drop-in Sessions

If you are thinking of applying for Chartered membership in the future, our drop-in sessions can help you as you work towards preparing your application.

In these sessions, you can get tips, advice and guidance on how to build up your knowledge, develop your skills and maintain your CPD so that you are fully prepared when the time comes to start your application.

There is no need to pre-register - you are free to drop-in at any time during the sessions and do not need to stay for the whole duration.

If you would like to join us for an informal chat, please follow the links below and we look forward to meeting you virtually.

To find out more about these sessions, please contact our Membership Development Executive, Gail Martin, at

~ November Drop-in Session ~

Drop-in session date: Thursday 12 November

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Join the November drop-in session here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a charge to attend the Becoming Chartered workshop?


Do I have to be a CIWM Member to attend the workshop?

No, anyone is welcome to attend the workshop however we strongly recommend that all candidates who wish to apply for Chartered Waste Manager should be a member of CIWM for at least 6 months prior to applying. By joining CIWM before you apply you will have access to the CIWM member magazine, member newsletter and technical support, all of which will help you to develop your knowledge of the wider sector and ensure you are up to date with legislation, policy and hot topics in the sector ahead of your professional interview.

How do I book a place on the workshop?

In each regional section above you will find a link to book a place on the workshop. If there is no link, please send an email to to find out when the date will be confirmed.

Where will my professional interview be?

The time and venue for your professional interview will be advised approximately 2 weeks before the professional interview date. The panel for the professional interview will depend upon the number of applications received, expertise and location of candidates and availability of interviewers. Where possible we try to match Chartered candidates with at least one panellist from the same sector. There will be several panels taking place in each region on the interview date and the panel for the professional interview are organised after the application deadline for a region.

I'm busy on the professional interview date in my region. Can I have my professional interview in another region?

Yes, but you must state your preferred date from the options available when you submit your application and ensure that your application is submitted by the corresponding regional application deadline.

If I attend a workshop do I have to apply for Chartered membership by the stated deadline?

No. The workshops are there to support you as you decide whether to apply, prepare your application and to ensure you know what to expect at all stages in the process. Some candidates apply by the deadline while others choose to wait until a later application period if they feel they need a bit more time to develop in the profession. We will fully support you in putting together your development plans inline with the competences required for Chartered membership and recommend coming to the workshop so you can create your own action plan once you fully understand the process.

I can’t attend a workshop; can I still apply?

Yes, the workshops are not compulsory and there are many other ways you can get information and support for your Chartered application.

  1. Take a look through the Chartered membership pages on our website, including the case studies which will give you some insight into the experiences of some of our existing Chartered Waste Managers.
  2. Read the candidate guidance notes which provide a detailed outline of the process.
  3. Contact your CIWM Regional Centre to find out if they can link you with an experienced interviewer or Chartered Waste Manager who can support you in the application process.
  4. Contact the membership team at CIWM to discuss your queries.