What is Chartered environmentalist?

Chartered environmentalists come from no single profession but operate across all professional sectors. There are over 7,200 registered Chartered environmental professionals. The CEnv qualification denotes sound knowledge, proven experience and a profound commitment to sustainable best practice within their particular profession and field of expertise.

The IES is a Licensed Constituent Body of the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), enabling us to award the CEnv qualification to those members who meet the criteria laid down by SocEnv.

Why become a Chartered Environmentalist?

As an environmental practitioner you will be aware of the multitude of global environmental challenges which face society. Public expectations and demands on your knowledge and experience will continue to increase. Environmental practitioners will need to demonstrate professionalism with ever greater rigour and transparency, this can be achieved through an independently regulated qualification that cuts across all professional disciplines. The designation benefits all concerned with the environment:

  • The Public who can be confident in the knowledge and competence of an environmental practitioner;
  • Practitioners by identification as a professionally qualified environmentalist that puts them at the forefront of their profession;
  • Employers with confirmation of the professional ability and competence of employees and candidates;
  • Governments and governmental bodies seeking to appoint advisers or consultants will be assured about an individual competence;
  • Professional bodies who will be able to benchmark the qualification for membership purposes;
  • Higher Education in setting and monitoring benchmarks for environmental courses, and promoting study programmes; and
  • Regulatory Bodies who could be confident in specifying the CEnv designation in Acts of Parliament and regulations.

The qualification gives:

  • Legal credibility, enabling expert witness participation at a defined standard; and
  • Professional standing, recognising equality of excellence across a wide range of environment disciplines.

This award sets Chartered Environmentalists apart. It establishes their proven knowledge, understanding and competence.

Why should I try to achieve the designation through the IES?

The IES regularly hosts 'CEnv in a Day' workshops and even if you are applying for CEnv through the self-guided route, the IES staff are trained to give you support with your application. We are also able to quickly and flexibly arrange interviews.

CEnv costs

Self-guided Route
Application stage £128
Interview stage £190
Workshop Route

Prices include registration and subscriptions until the end of the calendar year. Reductions are offered for unemployed Members. Contact us for further details.

Relevant documents

An application form for applying for Chartered Environmentalist through the self-guided route.

An application to apply for the next CEnv in a Day Workshop.

All you need to know about applying for the CEnv designation.

How we assesses whether Chartership candidates are working at Masters Level.

Mentoring Scheme

The IES offers a Mentoring Scheme for anyone undertaking their Chartership. Be matched with a CEnv or CSci in your field, receive tailored feedback on your report, and advise on how to perform best in your Professional Review Interview.

If you would like a mentor, or further information about mentoring, please contact Rhiannon Humphreys.

CEnv profile

Eric is a Senior Geo-Environmental Consultant at RPS Group in Edinburgh. His responsibilities include managing ground engineering and land contamination site investigation projects for a variety of development projects including residential, commercial and industrial properties. Often times...

'CEnv in a Day' Workshops

Our popular 'CEnv in a Day' Workshop allows participants to complete the full process in one informative and rewarding day. 

“The CEnv in a day really focuses your mind on getting your application done as there is a deadline to meet. It makes the whole process a lot simpler and streamlined... it can take months to do the application process so doing the whole process in one day is a much more efficient way of undertaking the application.” - 'CEnv in a Day' participant.

The Day
During the morning session, candidates will be advised on editing their report by the IES team. Then, in the afternoon the Professional Review Interview will take place. Over 300 candidates have already been through the CEnv process through these workshops, with consistently positive feedback:

“The set-up is very conducive to debate and actually learning from other's experiences. Far better than the perhaps more formal environment from other institutions.”

“The workshop provided confidence going into the interview that you have responded appropriately and knowing what to expect.”

Learn more

Next available workshops

25 November 2020

Relevant contact

Lisa Abbott

Office Administrator


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