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Abeyance and Deferral

Abeyance Agreement

Current Full, Associate and Graduate members are able to request to place their membership into abeyance on an annual basis for a maximum of five consecutive years. The most common reasons given for requesting an abeyance agreement are maternity/paternity leave and childcare; issues related to long-term/chronic illness; or a temporary career break. (Please note this is not for members that are still in relevant work and want to take a year’s break from membership).

Whilst in abeyance, members do not have to pay subscription fees, but will continue to receive selected member benefits to enable them to keep in touch with developments in the sector and undertake some CPD should they choose to (i.e. e-newsletters, policy briefings and an electronic version of In Practice). CPD courses can also be undertaken at the member rate or at CIEEM’s low-income rate (if eligible) – for further information on CIEEM’s low-income rate, please email finance@cieem.net. However, members in abeyance are not to undertake any relevant professional employment, so members will not be eligible to use post-nominals or advertise their services through the Professional Directory (if applicable) for the duration of the agreement.

When wishing to resume their CIEEM membership, one of the following procedures to reinstate membership shall commence immediately upon notification, depending on how long the member has been in abeyance:
1. For an abeyance period of up to 12 months, no further action is necessary.
2. Within the second or third consecutive year of abeyance, membership may be reinstated immediately but the member will be entered into CIEEM’s annual audit of CPD in the following year.
3. Agreements terminated after more than three consecutive years of abeyance (to a maximum of five years) may be reinstated immediately but the member will be required to submit a CPD plan within six months of reinstatement. The CPD plan should detail what activity the member will be undertaking in order to gain/regain knowledge and expertise relevant to their role and the grade of membership they currently hold. Activity undertaken will be reviewed against this plan by the Training, Education and Career Development Committee (TECDC) as part of CIEEM’s annual audit of CPD in the following year. Failure to submit a suitable development plan within six months of reinstatement may result in a temporary suspension of membership until such a plan has been received.

It is also possible to place Chartered status into abeyance on an annual basis for a maximum of five consecutive years. Reinstatement of Chartered status can be made following the processes outlined in points 1. and 2. (above). Members holding their Chartered status in abeyance for longer than three years must successfully undertake a Professional Review Interview (PRI) before this can be reinstated. Costs associated with the PRI are payable by the member.

An abeyance agreement can be renewed annually for up to five years but an extension must be requested each year by 1st October as part of the annual renewal process. If a signed agreement is not received each year then membership will regrettably be lapsed.

If you would like to enter into an abeyance agreement, please contact the Membership Team membership@cieem.net or 01962 868626.

 

Deferral Agreement

If you are a Full or Associate member, are unemployed and can’t afford to pay your subscription right away, you may be able to sign a deferral agreement.

A deferral agreement allows you to postpone your subscription payment for up to one year. It must be understood that you will have to pay your postponed subscription in full and if you have not paid by the following year you will have to pay two years subscriptions to maintain your membership. Because of this we recommend that members in deferral pay subscription fees as soon as possible or even in stages. We will do all that we can to help you devise a payment schedule that is suitable for you. 

If you would like to enter into an deferral agreement, please contact the Membership Team membership@cieem.net or 01962 868626.