IEMA is proud of its associate, full and fellow standards, and of the 68% of members who have achieved these professionally recognised levels.

But as the profession develops it is necessary for us to maintain the relevancy of these standards.

As a result, IEMA is embarking on developing a competency framework for the entire environmental profession.

It will have many uses, including helping members plan their professional development and employers to make decisions about the type of knowledge and skills they require in certain roles.

To implement the framework within such a diverse profession is a sizeable challenge, but is necessary.

Our work over the past three to five years with employers, graduates and management development schemes as well as with the national skills framework and National Occupational Standards has informed our thinking and the development of this overarching competency framework.

The institute’s Professional Standards Committee will oversee the work and updates will be provided in the environmentalist.

For more information, contact director of membership services Claire Lea.