The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is a not-for-profit membership organisation established to promote best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment.

As the premier body for the environment, the Institute offers unrivalled ongoing support to environmental professionals and aims to promote sustainability through improved environmental practice and performance. 

With over 14,500 individual and corporate members based in 87 countries, IEMA is now a leading international membership-based organisation dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development, and to the professional development of individuals involved in the environmental profession, whether they are in the public, private or non-governmental sectors.

Each year, IEMA hold over 100 conferences, workshop and networking events for its members over an international profile. 

IEMA is governed by a Council, elected from its membership. The rules of the Institute are set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association. A Professional Standards Committee oversees the management and development of membership standards. IEMA is the Competent Body in the United Kingdom for EMAS the European Union's Eco Management and Audit Scheme.

IEMA also offers the Acorn Scheme, an officially recognised EMS standard recommended by the government. Acorn offers accredited recognition for organisations evaluating and improving their environmental performance through the phased implementation of an environmental management system (EMS). The scheme focuses on environmental improvements that are linked to business competitiveness and is flexible so that all types of organisations can participate.

Alongside these services, the Institute supports members by providing recognition of knowledge and skills through professional qualifications and through provision of the membership services, including IEMA Approved Training Courses. Look out for the IEMA stamp of approval when selecting your training course.

Mission Statement

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment.

A career in the environment

Many industries are now requiring more environmentally aware professionals in areas such as construction, health and safety, marketing, public relations, events management and human resources to name but a few, where individuals (and their organisation/industry) would benefit from an environmental qualification, especially the IEMA Associate Membership Certificate course that is widely recognised.

If you have just graduated within the last two years and have an active interest in becoming an environmental professional, Graduate membership of IEMA will prove to be an invaluable resource in keeping you up-to-date with the latest jobs in the environmental sector, networking sessions and additional training opportunities. Employers look to employ graduates with professional qualifications as it demonstrates a genuine commitment to the sector and to your continuing professional development.

Graduate Membership

Graduate membership of the IEMA provides an opportunity to take a step towards the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) qualification. Joining the Institute at the Graduate level is essential for anyone embarking on a career in the environmental sector.

Institute membership will provide up to date information on environmental management and assessment issues, legislation and policy issues, in addition to the opportunity to gain professional qualifications to differentiate an
individual in the market place.

In a recent survey, 92% of IEMA Graduate members stated that their membership was important in supporting their personal career development and enhancing their professional status.

Who should become a Graduate member?

Those who have graduated within the last two years are eligible for Graduate
membership. Existing IEMA student members will automatically be
upgraded to this level of membership
Membership benefits

There are regular opportunities to network with experienced environmental practitioners from the fields of environmental management, consultancy, auditing and assessment. This opens up the opportunity to form relationships that can help you in the early stages of the your career.

Professional Development
Gain professional qualifications and access support through the Continued Professional Development Scheme and careers advice.

Be recognised and valued as a professional practitioner across the environmental field.

Magazine Subscription
Keep up to date with the development of best practice programmes and with topical issues in the free bi-monthly magazine ‘the environmentalist’.

Free Regional Events
On joining IEMA, members are allocated to a region and receive regular invitations to free and discounted regional and national activities, events and environmental conferences. Attending these are an integral part of your membership and provide an excellent opportunity for networking.

Receive free or discounted publications. IEMA produce a number of publications, including reports and guidelines on best practice. Many of IEMA's publications can be used as learning resources for projects as they contain many practical solutions to environmental problems and current guidelines on best practice in all areas of environmental management and assessment.

Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
Aim to become a Chartered Environmentalist when you progress through the membership levels with knowledge and experience.

Professional Indemnity Insurance
IEMA works with preferred Broker S-Tech Insurance Services and through S-Tech IEMA members are able to obtain free of charge advice, information and quotations.

For further information please contact us

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
St Nicholas House
70 Newport

Telephone: (0) 1522 540069

Types of Environmental jobs

Head of Environment
Health, Safety and Environment Director
Environmental Director
Technical Director
Associate EIA Director
Project Director (i.e. waste, water, land)
Environmental Impact Manager
EIA Manager
Environmental Performance Manager
Environmental Compliance Manager
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Scientist
Energy & Environment Manager/Officer
Sustainability Manager
Health, Safety & Environment Manager
Project Manager (i.e. Waste, Air, Water)
Environmental Education Manager/Officer
Contaminated Land Manager/Officer
EMS Manager/ Leader
Environmental Planner
Environmental Policy Officer
Environmental Specialist
Environmental Assessor
EIA Assessor
Air Pollution Control Officer
Environmental Advisor
Sustainability Advisor
Energy & Environment Officer
Sustainability Assessor
Waste Management Officer
Water Management Officer
Contaminated Land Engineer
Health, Safety and Environment Assessor
Health, Safety and Environment Officer
Environmental Education Officer
Enforcement Officer
Planning Officer
Environmental Auditor
National Parks Officer

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