Become a Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech)


There are thousands of people in the water sector, working in a wide variety of roles for water utilities, partners and regulators, all applying sustainable thinking throughout their daily working life. If you are one of them, and are interested in gaining recognition for your high levels of professionalism and competence, then why not consider becoming a Registered Environmental Technician through the Institute of Water?

Who can become a Registered Environmental Technician?

Registered Environmental Technician registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate the competence required by the Society for the Environment in the following four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the environment
  • Sustainable management of the environment
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Personal commitment to professional standards

Each of these is broken down into specific attributes which all Registered Environmental Technicians are expected to have. Before you consider applying for REnvTech you should be familiar with the competences required: you can view them here.

Registered Environmental Technicians must have a level of knowledge, understanding and skills equivalent to at least QCF Level 3 and would normally have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience. As REnvTech is a competence-based award you can achieve the required competence through experience alone.

How can I become a Registered Environmental Technician?

Consider the standards required for registration – you may wish to discuss these with your employer or with a Chartered Environmentalist. Read the guidance and the application form and, once you are ready to apply, complete and submit the form.

Your application will be will be assessed against the REnvTech competences by an assessor from the Institute of Water and there is normally no requirement for you to attend an interview.

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


Initial Registration Fees (covers registration until your Institute of Water subscription is renewed) for Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) £40
Annual Renewal Fees for Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) £20

To apply to be a Registered Environmental Technician, applicants must be a member of a professional body such as the Institute of Water. Click here to find out more about Institute of Water membership.

Don’t take our word for it


Steve Coles, Process Controller, Anglian Water said:

“The new REnvTech qualification appealed to me for a number of reasons. Away from work I would consider myself as a person who has Environmental awareness and I possess a role within my company Anglian Water as a Biodiversity Champion. I thought the REnvTech qualification would add some validity to the work I have done for Anglian Water, and go some way to showing that I follow sympathetic environmental principles in my home life too.

Although I found the application process reasonably straightforward there were times when I was glad to have experienced colleagues around me to give me guidance on how best to capture all I am doing within the application. As a new member of the Institute of Water, I look forward to working on my CPD, and hopefully making the next step up to Chartered Environmentalist as soon as possible.”

Sarah Harries, Pollution Technician, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water said:

“As a technician in the water industry who has worked mainly in a pollution role, I felt that the Registered Environmental Technician award would give me recognition for the work I carry out. It acknowledges that my skills and experience are being used to help preserve our environment, leading to a sustainable environmental future. The award also shows my employer and other colleagues a level of competence in the field and my commitment to best practice. I believe the Registered Environmental Technician status to be a stepping stone in my career for working towards CEnv. Overall it promotes professional standards, experience and commitment. It also increases the status of the Environmentalist profession.”