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Qualifying Membership

If you are looking for your first role or just starting out as a professional in the sector and building on your knowledge and skills through training, practical experience and supervision, Qualifying membership could be for you. 

Whether you are (or soon to be) a recent graduate, are already undertaking full or part-time work in the sector, or are volunteering to gain experience, you are likely to already have a basic understanding of terminology and concepts, and some experience of their practical application.  Our Qualifying membership is the natural home for you while you work towards a competence-assessed membership grade. 

As a Qualifying member, you will be looking for opportunities to start making a real difference for the benefit of nature and society.  To help you to progress, you will be able to access member benefits to support your professional development, including:

Professional recognition 

  • Widely regarded professional recognition. 
  • Enhance your CV with CIEEM membership.  

Training and CPD 

  • Discounted rates on our extensive professional development programme of conferences, training events and webinars. 
  • Plan and record your CPD through our online platform. 


  • A quarterly copy of CIEEM’s In Practice magazine, addressing a wide range of topical issues.  
  • Monthly updates on policy and the latest news from the sector directly to your inbox.  
  • Advice and support on professional matters through access to our Technical Guidance Series and members’ only Professional Guidance Series 


  • Local and regional networking opportunities through your nearest member network. 
  • Opportunities to meet other ecological and environmental professionals and potential employers through our national programme of training and events. 

Supporting you and the sector 

  • Exclusive member discounts from carefully chosen suppliers of equipment and clothing. 
  • Opportunities to influence government and key decision makers on issues of concern.  
  • Improve your practise by assessing your skills and experience using CIEEM’s Competency Framework. 
  • ‘Give something back’ and develop your own skills through our numerous volunteering opportunities.  
  • Spread the cost of membership subscription via direct debit.

Visit the 'Supporting Your Application' page to refer to CIEEM's Member Regulations and Code of Professional Conduct

Download the Qualifying Membership Application Form here >>

If you are already a member of CIEEM and looking to upgrade, please login to the Members’ Area to download an upgrade application form.