Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)

Chartered Environmentalist status establishes professional environmentalists on a par with other professionals such as Chartered Engineers and Chartered Scientists. Being a Chartered Environmentalist is about having the professional knowledge, experience and commitment to apply sustainable thinking throughout your daily working life. Chartered Environmentalists are drawn from all professions, so if you are committed to the environment and can demonstrate this, why not apply today?

Why become a Chartered Environmentalist?

  • Nationally recognised demonstration of proven capabilities and
  • Professional credibility and status
  • Showcasing commitment to a Code of Professional Conduct and the undertaking of continued professional development (CPD).
  • Improved career prospects
  • Join the network – with over 7,500 other environmental professionals proven to be working at a professionally high standard
  • Employer assurance

Who can become a Chartered Environmentalist?

Chartered Environmentalist registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate the competencies required by the Society for the Environment and who is willing to abide by their Code of Conduct. The competencies sit inside the following headings:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding of the environment to further the aims of sustainability
  • Leading sustainable management of the environment
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment

Individuals generally develop these competencies through a combination of education and work experience.

The application process for becoming a Chartered Environmentalist requires master’s degree level thinking, demonstrated either through achievement of a relevant master’s degree or through the submission of a detailed written application which would need to be deemed to be at an equivalent level by the registration assessors.

How to become a Chartered Environmentalist

The CEnv Specification Document explains the competence standards required of a Chartered Environmentalist. Consider the standards and decide if you are ready to apply. You can download a CEnv application form and CEnv applicant short guide and follow the process as described.

All candidates for registration as a Chartered Environmentalist must be members of a professional body such as the Institute of Water. Click here to find out more about Institute of Water membership.

As part of your application you will be asked to produce a copy of your CPD record. Institute of Water members have exclusive access to our online CPD platform to support you in the recording and presenting of this, click here to find out more. 


  • Professional Review Fees for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) £168
  • Initial Registration Fees (covers registration until your next membership renewal date) for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) £90
  • Annual Renewal Fees for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) £45


Streamlined Route to CEnv for Chartered Engineers and Chartered Scientists

If you are a Chartered Engineer or a Chartered Scientist you are already committed to sustainable development and the Institute of Water can offer you a streamlined application route to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). Adding the CEnv qualification demonstrates to employers and peers that you take your environmental responsibilities as seriously as your scientific and engineering ones.

You will still need to undergo Professional Review (application and interview) but this will focus on the competence areas not covered by CEng or CSci. You will also need to submit a CPD record covering at least the last two years with learning activities relevant to current or future environmental practice and an explanation of your development goals.

We are running this offer as a pilot so don’t delay, download the relevant guidance and application forms below:

If you are already a Chartered Engineer:

CEnv specification for CEng registrants

CEnv application form for CEng registrants

CEnv short guide for CEng registrants

If you are already a Chartered Scientist:

CEnv specification for CSci registrants

CEnv application form for CSci registrants

CEnv short guide for CSci registrants

For guidance and advice on professional registration, contact Stuart Craig, Professional Registration Manager, on 0191 422 0088 or

Meet a Chartered Environmentalist

Gemma Williams – Ecology & Biodiversity Advisor; Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Becoming CEnv demonstrates an immediate understanding of my capabilities and experiences amongst other professionals including the many external stakeholders I work alongside. After attaining my REnvTech in 2018 I immediately knew I wanted to start working towards CEnv as well as progress in my career, so I revisited my development plan to establish what new skills and experiences I needed to work towards to satisfy the competencies. My CPD was a valuable tool in guiding my development as well as identifying gaps in my skill set which I could then add to my development plan. This framework was essential for my professional growth and allowed me to easily demonstrate my competencies within my application and peer review. It also allowed me to reflect on my journey from REnvTech to CEnv demonstrating how my confidence and ability to believe in myself has grown as well as my skills, competencies and experience in the sector. I have achieved more than I ever though I would already within my career and look forward to continuing developing my skills and competencies in the sector using this to work with others to address the challenges we face now and in the future.

Recent registrants

Mahmood Mohamed – Project Manager; WSP (Saudi Arabia)