Being a member of NICWM makes a statement about your professional capabilities. The waste and resource management industry demands the highest levels of professionalism and excellence. Being a member of the Institution signals your commitment to these ideals.
Applications for membership are welcome from all professionals working within, or associated with, the wastes management industry. The class of membership most applicable for you will be dependent upon your experience and qualifications.
Types of membership
Member (MNICWM) Chartered Waste Manager
Has a relevant degree or post-graduate qualification and has a minimum of four years relevant continuous experience in wastes management including structured training.
Is a Corporate Member of a relevant Chartered Institution and has a minimum of two years relevant continuous experience in wastes management.
In all cases applicants will be required to satisfy a Professional Interview Panel. This will consist of senior members of the Institution and candidates will be asked to give a brief presentation on their area of work.
Experienced (ENICWM) Practitioner Route
This route into Membership is designed for those who have considerable experience within the waste industry but have few or no formal qualifications.
Licentiate Member (LNICWM)
Has a relevant degree or post-graduate qualification, a minimum of one year’s experience in the wastes management industry and has undergone a period of vocational training consisting of either:
- satisfactory completion of a module of a post-graduate course on wastes management provided by a university, and approved for this purpose by CIWM; or
- satisfactory completion of a full waste management COTC at NVQ level 4 awarded by WAMITAB, City and Guilds or SQA; or
- satisfactory completion of the HNC/ Foundation Degree in Wastes Management; or
- satisfactory completion of the Open University’s Diploma in Pollution Control; or
- or satisfactory completion of a relevant Higher Level Award (HLA) at level 4; or
- such other programme of vocational training as shall be approved from time to time by CIWM’s Membership, Education and Training Committee.
A Licentiate Member is a Corporate Member of the Institution and is therefore entitled to full voting rights in matters of Institution business.
Graduate Member (GNICWM)
Any person who is concerned with wastes management and has a degree in a relevant subject but does not have the necessary continuous relevant experience required for Corporate Membership.
Associate Member (ANICWM)
Has achieved passes in two A levels or holds a Higher National Certificate, or an equivalent qualification and has a minimum of five years relevant continuous experience in wastes management.
Has achieved a full wastes management COTC at NVQ level 4 awarded by WAMITAB, City and Guilds or SQA.
Technician Member (TNICWM)
Holds a National Certificate, or an equivalent qualification, and has a minimum of three years relevant continuous experience in wastes management, including structured training.
Has achieved a full Wastes Management COTC at NVQ level 3 awarded by WAMITAB, City and Guilds or SQA.
Satisfactory completion of a relevant VRQ at level 3
Student Member (SNICWM)
A person who is undertaking a course of study and examination relevant to wastes management. This grade is available to both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students studying in the UK receive their first year’s membership free of charge.
Affiliate Member (Fast Track)
A person who is involved with wastes management but is not, as yet, eligible for any other grade of membership.
NICWM Membership Benefits:
- Professional status and use of designatory letters (e.g. MNICWM, GNICWM), with full members being able to use the title ‘Chartered Waste Manager’
- Free weekly email news service sent direct to your inbox
- Membership of a NICWM Special Interest Group
- Free NICWM publications including:
- CWRM: Communications in Waste and Resource Management
- Technical Publications – produced by NICWM Technical Working Groups
- NICWM Journal, the waste industry’s leading monthly publication, and MVO (Municipal Vehicle Operator), which is published quarterly
- Up to 20% discount on NICWM conferences, training courses, seminars and workshops
- 10% discount on Open University CPD modules
- Free use of all NICWM library services
- Invitations to technical seminars, meetings and site visits organised by NICWM Regional Centres
- Special events for new and younger members
- Information on national and international consultation processes and the opportunity to contribute your views for inclusion in NICWM responses
- Representation of members’ views to Parliament, Government and other national and international agencies
- Advice on wastes management qualifications, courses and careers
- Advice on technical waste and resource management issues
- Professional and career development information and advice
- Internet services, including employment exchange and Classified Directory
- Members-only section on NICWM website