Adapting to COVID19-Membership

IEMA is fully committed to ensuring that, during the ongoing development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we take coordinated action to ensure alignment of our operations with government advice, with a view to ensuring the ongoing health, wellbeing and safety of our members, partners, staff and the general public. In line with this, we have introduced a company wide remote working policy and have postponed all our regional and face-to-face activities until further notice.

All of our teams are working hard during this time and your email is important to us, but please bear with us for a response, which may take longer than normal. Alternatively, if you wish to speak to somebody urgently, our office phone lines remain open during our office hours of 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and you can reach us on 01522 540 069.

We’ve put together some answers to frequently asked questions, and we will continue to update this page as more questions come to us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still join IEMA during the COVID19 health emergency?

Yes. Joining a professional membership body is a great way to demonstrate your skills and knowledge, and provides you with an opportunity for continued professional development.

IEMA membership equips professionals with the tools they need to drive the necessary transformative change within their organisations; which has never been more important in the fight against the climate and environmental emergency we are all facing. IEMA membership provides you with the resources you need to develop your knowledge and skill set, achieve your sustainability goals and put change into action. Becoming a part of this global community of environment and sustainability professionals will keep you connected with those in the industry and up to date on all the latest developments, guidance and best practice.

Find out more about how to join and which level is most suitable HERE.

What benefits can I still access as a member?

IEMA recognises that the current situation we are all facing has impacted on day to day working patterns for many, and for those who are new to remote working it could be a strange and possibly lonely time.

We want to reassure you that we are in this together and will continue to do all we can to support you as a valued IEMA member.

Through your membership benefits, you have access to an extensive range of online resources that will help you feel connected to industry professionals, updated with guidance, best practice and legislation and be able to fuel your knowledge and skill set at any given time.


  • Webinars - Watch, learn and engage on one of our webinars covering topics on Impact Assessment, Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management
  • Watch Again - An extensive library of webinars and presentations available to watch when and where you want
  • Reading Room - Guidance documents and publications available to download
  • TRANSFORM - The online version of your membership magazine updated with new and insightful articles

Online Courses - Upskill your staff, or yourself via a digitally delivered IEMA course

We will continue to work on our digital resources to support you during this difficult time and we also welcome your feedback and suggestions on areas which would be of further benefit to you.
Please get in touch with us at press.officer@iema.net

What happens if I can’t pay my renewal fee?

We understand that this is a challenging time and many members are concerned about the health and economic crisis whether you are self-employed, working from home, studying or actively supporting the delivery of key services. We want to offer you all the support we can through your IEMA membership and would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your membership renewal should you have any concerns at this time. Our office phone lines remain open during office hours (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday) and you can reach us on +44 (0) 1522 540 069.

Can I get a discount on my membership renewal as I have been put on furlough leave?

We will do everything we can to support you during this time and understand many of our members may be facing changes to finances. We advise that you contact our Membership Team who will be able to talk through your options. They’re contactable by phone during our office hours on +44 (0) 1522 540069 or by email at info@iema.net.

Can I still engage with other IEMA members?

Networking is a core benefit of being a member of a professional body, which is why we’re constantly reviewing and adding to our digital events programme. The easiest way to interact with other IEMA members is to join one of our digital regional events, which can be found here.

Don’t worry if you don’t see something in your region, we’re updating this list every day so you can check back or wait for our regular email communications. Just make sure your email settings are accurate so that you are getting the latest information from us, this includes allowing events and webinars emails and keeping your email address up-to-date.

Alternatively, you can join one of IEMA’s many networks. CLICK HERE for more information.

Should I still be completing CPD?

Yes. Continuing your professional development will help put sustainability at the heart of the economic and societal recovery following the pandemic. You might find that you have more time to think or learn during the next few months and we would encourage you to engage with our live webinar series, and library of watch again webinars on many topics. Of course, we recognise that this may be a difficult time for some members and other areas of your life are taking priority. Therefore, we have removed our compulsory sampling round of members this spring.

My CPD has been called in for mandatory sampling – do I still need to submit it?

We understand it may not be possible for you to undertake CPD activities due to the impact of the pandemic and therefore are unable to complete your submission. Please contact our Membership Team on +44 (0) 1522 540069 or at info@iema.net to talk through your options; we will be able to extend deadlines and also offer advice on alternate activities which may count towards your CPD.

Can I still upgrade my membership?

Yes. It’s a great time to focus on upgrading your membership and it shows to employers or prospective clients that you are building personal and professional resilience during a time of crisis. All IEMA staff and assessors are working remotely so the full process for upgrade at every level is available but please keep in mind that it might take slightly longer than usual for us to confirm your upgrade.

Is it possible to delay my assessment or exam?

We understand that it may not be possible for you to complete your assessment or take your online exam within your initial timeframe. Our Membership Team will be able to extend deadlines or rearrange exam windows for you – they’re contactable by phone on +44 (0) 1522 540069 or by email at info@iema.net.

When will we start to have regional events again?

We know that meeting other members to discuss ideas and challenges is one of the reasons you are an IEMA member. That’s why we’re setting up a programme of digital events that we can hold during, and beyond, the pandemic. All of our regional chairs are keen to get face-to-face meetings back in the diary, so we will start organising them again as soon as the Government advice allows us to do so.

What can I do if I have an idea for a webinar?

We’d love to hear from you. We’re always looking for members to share their skills and knowledge with others, and we’re particularly interested if you have done something innovative in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Just get in touch with us by emailing webinars@iema.net.

Can I still reinstate my membership?

Yes absolutely. Reinstating your membership will give you access to a wide range of benefits that will allow you to connect with other IEMA members and continue your professional development. It’s a great way to demonstrate your skills and knowledge during these turbulent times.

Click here to find out more about the requirements and process for reinstating your IEMA membership.

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