Why become a CIWEM member

Becoming a CIWEM member gives you a globally-recognised demonstration of your professionalism and technical abilities.

At CIWEM we champion highly qualified water and environmental managers, engineers and scientists who are recognised throughout the world for their professional expertise and conduct.

You can join us at any stage in your career, whether you are studying, actively looking to progress, or already extensively experienced. Our membership grades and qualifications add value and recognition to your achievements. We will actively help you to progress throughout your career and beyond.

Wherever you are in your journey, we can provide you with the knowledge and guidance you need to succeed.


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Student membership You want to gain the most from your studies, attain the highest grades and be attractive to employers. We'll support the development of the skills and qualities required by the contemporary employment market and provide opportunities to showcase your talents.

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Apprentice membership As an ambitious and hardworking individual, you want your apprenticeship to lead to great opportunities. We'll provide you with experiences and contacts grounded in the practical delivery of real world solutions. This will enhance the speed and quality of your professional progress.

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Graduate membership After years of studying you're ready to apply what you've learnt and make rapid progress. Our extensive networks, events, structured training, publications and thought leadership will accelerate your career growth and the recognition that you deserve for being an engaged and ambitious professional.

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Environmental Partner If you’re new to the industry and want to get involved, build your networks and accelerate your career joining as an Environmental Partner demonstrates your commitment to the water and environment sector. We will support you on your way to MCIWEM and C.WEM.

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Member (MCIWEM) Membership provides recognition of your professional achievements and allows you to engage with people and experiences that will continue your development. We provide support to ensure your personal growth is not neglected due to the pressures of your everyday life.

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Technician membership (TechCIWEM) Technicians make things happen and are often the unsung heroes behind the solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. We value the work that you do and will provide you with the opportunities to grow your technical capabilities and be recognised for the contributions that you make.

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Chartership is a globally recognised qualification with real status; an achievement you can be genuinely proud of. It makes a very clear statement about your professional identity and the nature of your expertise. It opens career opportunities and provides assurance to others of your exceptional competence.

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The ultimate expression of your achievements and recognition that you are highly regarded by your peers. CIWEM Fellows are the ‘go to’ people and this brings opportunities on the most rewarding activities. Our Fellows inspire their peers, future generations and elevate the status of the water and environmental sector.

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Benefits of Membership

Professional recognition and career support

Enhance your career prospects through professional recognition of your qualifications.

Learning and development

Professionally recognised CPD training and events which develop both your knowledge and experience.


Stay up to date with the latest best-practice through our member magazine, policy documents and technical journals.

Increasing opportunities

Participate in our Committees and Boards and gain opportunity to shape the strategic direction of the Institution.

Build your networks

Local points and virtual of contact and events for you to get involved in, wherever you are in the world.

Public outreach

Engage with our activities in policy, advocacy and awards to inspire future generations and inform the global public.

Membership help and support


We’re with you every step of your application and throughout your membership, get detailed advice on your membership application from completing your mandatory competencies and preparing for your professional review interview to supporting you with your CPD. Just call +44(0)207 8313110 or email membership@ciwem.org and someone will be delighted to help.


We have a range of guidance and support to help you throughout your application and membership:

Pay Membership Fees

Mentor Platform

Member Profiles

CPD Advice and Support

Membership Frequently Asked Questions

Membership Webinars

Fast Track to Chartership Workshop

Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct

Subscription Fees

Additional Registrations

When you become a Chartered member of CIWEM, providing you have the required qualifications and experience, you also have the opportunity to register with three additional professional bodies, which can be done all in the same application, these are:

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Joint membership with CIWEM and the International Water Association (IWA)

Do you want to boost your professional development and increase your presence in the water and environment sector? Find out more about becoming a joint member of CIWEM and the IWA.

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Fast Track to Chartership

This one-day practical workshop will help you to accelerate the time it takes to gain C.WEM, CEnv, CEng or CSci with CIWEM

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Membership FAQs

Have a question about your member, find our frequently asked questions here

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Become an assessor or interviewer

You can find further information on supporting other applicants here

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