Full membership standard about to change

7th March 2014

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Gavin Hunter

From the beginning of April, anyone applying to become a Full member of IEMA will be assessed under the revised Full membership standard

Due to the continuing growth in the popularity of Full membership during the first quarter of 2014, IEMA hit capacity for accepting applications under the outgoing system at the end of February.

IEMA will begin accepting applications under the revised standard from 31 March. Details of eligibility criteria, competencies and an outline of the application documents are already available online. The revised standard, provides greater clarity around eligibility and introduces a revised assessment procedure, which will enable the Institute to process more applications.

The revised eligibility criteria states that, to apply Full membership of IEMA (and Chartered environmentalist status), applicants must:

  • Be a member of IEMA.
  • Have a relevant master’s degree, pertinent higher qualification or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge.
  • Possess sufficient knowledge and practical experience to be able to clearly demonstrate they meet the required competencies.

In addition, the assessment process is changing in the following ways:

  • Peer assessment will be carried out via an online video conference interview. There will still be the option to request a face-to-face interview at the next available assessment day, subject to an additional administration fee.
  • All applications will be assessed against both IEMA’s Full membership criteria and the CEnv criteria. IEMA Full membership is broader than the level required for CEnv status, so if you satisfy the Full membership criteria you will also fulfil the CEnv criteria.
  • The interview will last 45–75 minutes. This new length is to allow candidates sufficient time to demonstrate they meet the required competencies.

The cost to existing IEMA members of applying for Full membership is £410. If an individual is successful, he/she will also be awarded CEnv status.

Further details and a full breakdown of what is new to the application and the assessment process are available from iema.net.


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