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Application Process


Please note - Applicants are required to assess whether they meet the pre-qualifying criteria using the Initial Application Form and the eligibility criteria on the 'Further Details - Eligibility' page. If eligible, applicants are then required to submit a Report, which must be submitted at the same time as the Initial Application Form, by the Batch deadline.

As an applicant you are required to complete an initial application form. This information (personal details, education, training and professional experience) is required to establish that you meet the pre-qualifying criteria. You are also required to confirm your commitment to the SocEnv’s Code of Ethics and the Institute’s Continuing Professional Development requirements. 

Download Application Form


Stage 2 – Submit Report

Once you have established that you meet the qualifying criteria, you are then required to submit a written report and up to date copy of your CV. The report will be a substantial document of 2,500 words that demonstrates the relevance of your qualifications, experience and knowledge in the areas of the key competencies. The report will be assessed by a Professional Review Panel made up of Members of the Institute who are also Chartered Environmentalists.

The report must be in two parts;

  • career review demonstrating how your work experience and career to date have led to all-round professional competence
  • review of relevant projects for which you have been personally responsible or specified activities demonstrating competence

All below documents should be downloaded.

Download Report Guidance Notes

Download Report template

Download Key Competencies

Please note that a copy of your initial application form must be provided with the Report and CV.


Stage 3 – Professional Review Interview (PRI)

The PRI will normally be a remote interview using Videoconferencing software and normally last for between 40 and 60 minutes. Applicants will be able to attend a face to face interview if there is a specific need or there are technical issues. The face to face interviews may not be held on the advertised dates, as they take longer to organise. The PRIs will be undertaken by two practising environmental professionals, who themselves are Chartered Environmentalists, trained in the professional assessment process. 

The PRI will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and ability against the elements of knowledge, competence and engagement listed in Section 2. 

The assessment process will take into account the CV and written reports provided by the candidate, as well as evidence provided during the Professional Review Interview.

Applicants will be asked to attend a short 20 minute remote test session before the PRI, to test their equipment and internet connection.


Stage 4 – Registration as Chartered Environmentalist

Once you have completed Stages 1-3 of the Application Process, you will be notified of the outcome within 14 days. If your application was successful, the Institute will register your status with the Society for the Environment. They will arrange to post you a certificate within two months of your interview.  Once you receive your certificate, you will be entitled to use the title Chartered Environmentalist and the designatory letters CEnv after your name as follows Mr S Smith BSc CEnv MCIEEM.