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?

Why become a Registered Environmental Technician?

  • Nationally recognised demonstration of proven capabilities and competence
  • 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 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 to 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.

As part of your application you will be asked to produce a copy of your CPD . 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.


  • Initial Registration Fees (covers registration until your Institute of Water subscription is renewed) for Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) £44
  • Annual Renewal Fees for Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) £22

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.

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

Meet a Registered Environmental Technician

Rob Andrews – OSM Technician; Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

I have worked in different capacities within the water industry, predominantly Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for many years. My passion for the environment being the catalyst, I decided to apply for REnvTech to challenge myself and Continue my Professional Development (CPD). I enjoyed the application process and the opportunity to evaluate my CPD and systematically record my knowledge, experience and skills. I am currently working for Natural Resources Wales (NRW) as an Environment Officer. The registration has consolidated my understanding around the current environmental challenges and given me a pathway to develop my knowledge and skills to hopefully apply to become a Charted Environmentalist (CEnv) in the not too distant future. I would highly recommend the registration.

Recent registrants 

Richard Dunn – Bio Resources Technician; Anglian Water

Martyn Burgess – Process Optimiser; Anglian Water

Mark Stirling – Process Optimiser; Anglian Water

Chris Brown – Incident Manager; Thames Water