Hannah is a principal freshwater scientist based in our Manchester head office who has received chartered status as a scientist, environmentalist and water and environmental manager. Jen is a senior freshwater consultant in our Oxford office who is now a chartered scientist and water and environmental manager.
Hannah explained what made her decide to go through the chartership process: “I’d been thinking about it for years because there are some clear advantages. It not only demonstrates that you’ve achieved a certain level of professionalism within the industry and shows that you abide by CIWEM’s ethical code, but also helps with career progression and demonstrates your commitment to ongoing professional development.”
Jen said: “I wanted to do something for my career development and I’d been aware of CIWEM for quite some time through attending the events they organise. I know people who are members and who rate the organisation highly.
“With the requirement to demonstrate at least 30 hours of continued professional development per year it helps to keep me focused on developing my career and on top of my game.”
The journey to achieve chartered status involves written submissions and an interview, as well as evidence of continuing professional development.
Hannah explained: “The process begins with a 1,000 word career summary and a 4,000 word application form covering at least 14 competencies across your technical, environmental, managerial and health and safety experience.
“If CIWEM’s assessment panel are satisfied with what you’ve written, then you’re invited for an interview with two senior members of CIWEM at the head office in London. The questions are very wide-ranging but they’re not out to trip you up, so it’s fine if you know your stuff.”
Both Hannah and Jen benefited from support from senior members of staff at APEM who were able to offer advice based on their own experience of gaining chartered status. The company also footed the bill for the interview fee and travel costs, as well as allowing time off to attend the interview.
The company additionally pays the membership fees of one professional body for each member of staff as part of its benefits package.
Jen said: “I would definitely recommend gaining charted status to anyone. You have to be prepared to commit some time to it, but it’s well worth it. I’d advise anyone who is thinking of it not to put it off. The hardest part is making a start.”
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