We know circumstances can change which may lead to you wanting to downgrade your membership but we encourage you to talk to us first so we can help in any way we can. You may lose the professional recognition you've worked hard to get so contact the team at [email protected] to talk to us.
If you feel you have developed your skills, knowledge and experience meaning you are eligible for another grade of membership, you will be able to apply online to take your Next Steps.
IEMA's membership grades are competency based. Answer a few simple titles here and we'll help you in the right direction. You will need to have a look through the competencies required for your recommended grades and align them to your experience, skills and knowledge to identify which is most suitable for you.
Each grade of membership will have a different entry requirements and eligibility criteria. To find out the requirements for you, take a look at the membership page for your chosen grade here.
If you're not sure which grade is right for you, answer a few simple titles here and we'll help you in the right direction.
All the details of Full membership are available here. In summary, you will need to submit a written paper and then have an online peer-review interview with two Full CEnv assessors, to assess whether you demonstrate the competencies of an IEMA Full member (and/or CEnv).
If you are working in a role which is largely focused on environment, the dual accreditation of Full membership and Chartered Environmentalist (MIEMA CEnv) may be the best route for you.
If, at the time, you don't feel you are ready to apply for MIEMA CEnv in the first instance then you could consider starting with Practitioner whilst you prepare yourself for MIEMA CEnv, or even Associate membership if you are just starting out your professional journey.
This naturally depends on what level you are at and the level of experience you have gained thus far. As you develop in your career, you should aim to upgrade your IEMA membership to reflect your level of competence and knowledge. One typical upgrade scenario is when a Student member graduates from their degree, they should check their eligibility against Graduate membership.
Take a more detailed look at our membership grades and complete three simple titles to find out which membership grade is right for you. You can also view the competency requirements for each grade via our online Sustainability Skills Map.
There are no restrictions; you can upgrade as many times as you wish. Please be aware however that you will be expected to pay the upgrade fee for each upgrade application. You can skip grades if you are planning to upgrade multiple times in a short space of time. Please also note that you will be required to maintain your membership subscription when it becomes due for renewal, even if you are in the process of upgrading. Upgrade fees are one-off payments which do not cover the cost of a membership renewal.
You can apply online for a new grade if you have progressed professionally since leaving your IEMA membership.
We would encourage you to contact our Membership and Standards Team on 01522 540069 to talk through your options.
For Practitioner you will have 3 months to submit your written assessment of competence after successfully completing the entry exam or the Certificate in Environmental Management course (unless your are entitled to a fast-track application).
For Full,you have 4 weeks to complete your written submission and submit this with the supporting documents.
Full details will be provided to you by our Membership and Standards Team upon application, but to help you prepare, the following templates will be required (please note these cannot be submitted until an online application has been made):
Details about what to include in your assessment case studies and sample case studies are available here.
Our latest membership fees are all available here, including a breakdown on individual prices to apply, upgrade and renew your membership.
Payment is required at the point you complete your online upgrade application.
Our fees are subject to change every year in line with an annual price review and increase. Our current fees for 2021 are available here.