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Competency Framework

CIEEM’s Competency Framework enables you to identify the competences required for a role within the profession and map your own suitability and effectiveness for that role. You can then see whether you have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to fill different roles, enabling you to better plan your career progression.


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In Practice

A list of back issues* of CIEEM's Magazine In Practice is available here, together with information about the themes of upcoming issues, advertising and subscriptions.

* Please note, back issues of In Practice are only available to CIEEM members. Information about joining CIEEM can be found here.

Professional Conduct Series (PCS)

Documents from the Professional Conduct Series are available here. These include:

  • Code of Professional Conduct
  • Disciplinary Procedures

Professional Guidance Series (PGS)

This series of documents provide detailed guidance to members* on some of the following issues:

  1. Estimation of Fee Rates
  2. Continuing Professional Development (NB Current guidance relating to CPD can be found in the Members' Area )
  3. Organising Training Workshops
  4. Advertising Practice
  5. Access to Land
  6. Tendering
  7. Model Service Agreements
  8. Risk Assessment for Lone Workers
  9. Guidelines on Providing Quality Work Experience in Ecology and Environmental Management
  10. Metadata Standards
  11. Contract Advice Notes (Part 1)
  12. Contract Advice Notes (Part 2)
  13. Good Working Practices

* Please note the above guidance is only available to CIEEM members. Information about joining CIEEM can be found here.

Technical Guidance Series (TGS)

This series of technical guidance* covers the following subjects:

  • Competencies for Species Survey (CSS)
  • Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
  • Guidelines for Ecological Report Writing
  • Guidelines for Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (GPEA)
  • Principles of Producing Guidance
  • Guidelines for Accessing and Using Biodiversity Data in the UK

* The TGS is available for anyone to view/download.

Biodiversity Advice Note: Permitted Development Rights and Biodiversity (England)

Published in March 2017 jointly with the Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE).

Planning Naturally

Planning naturally - Spatial planning with nature in mind: in the UK and beyond  is a publication jointly produced by the RSPB, RTPI and CIEEM, who have come together to show how planning for biodiversity should be integral to every part of the planning process and to inspire with examples of good practice, whatever country you are working in. This report is structured around 12 principles of good spatial planning, and illustrates them with case studies from all four countries of the UK, as well as some international examples.
Publication date: 2013

Ecological Skills Report

This research report highlights some critical gaps in ecological knowledge and skills amongst practising ecologists and environmental managers.
Publication date: 2011

Annual Review

Copies of CIEEM's Annual Reviews from 2005-2006 to 2011-2012 are available here.