- 23rd July 2020
- Posted by: Miranda Pont
- Category: Blog
Over the last 25-years we have built a reputation as a leading environmental, engineering and scientific consultancy of choice for our many clients.
Mark Bentley, Technical Director reflects on how that recognition is in no small part due to the quality of our staff, who help our clients manage the risks of flooding and other natural risks in the built and natural environments.
Chartered professional status
We value the professionalism of our staff and are keen to encourage them to develop their full potential. Helping graduates develop their careers and achieve senior positions in JBA is one of the most satisfying aspects of my career.
One of the many ways we develop our staff is by encouraging them to gain recognition by becoming Chartered with a relevant professional institution. This is important for us because Chartered staff have demonstrated to their peers that they produce consistent high quality work and are trustworthy, underpinning key values for JBA’s business.
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is one institution that I particularly encourage people to join.
Although achieving Chartered status is an important milestone in anyone’s career, the process does not stop there. CIWEM is a professional institution where the more you contribute, the more you gain. It is over 30-years since I achieved Chartered membership of CIWEM and even today the institution offers me learning opportunities through its monthly magazine and quarterly journals.
CIWEM is the leading royal chartered professional body with a mission to build a global community of water and environmental professionals dedicated to working for the public benefit towards a safer, more sustainable world.
CIWEM also allows me to contribute back to the profession. I have been an interviewer on Professional Review Interview (PRI) panels for 13-years assessing applications for Chartered status. Such a role not only helps people along their career path but also has helped me learn about a wide variety of environmental fields outside my direct area of expertise, a fantastic opportunity for continued personal development.
For the last 18-months I have served on CIWEM’s Professional Standards Committee (PSC) which approves applications for membership. The PSC also sets the guidelines for how applications will be assessed, the training of PRI panel members, conducts appeals following unsuccessful applications and liaises with outside registering bodies such as the Engineering Council (EngC), Science Council (SciC) and the Society for the Environment (SocEnv). The role gives me the chance to help set strong foundations for the future development of the profession.
These roles with CIWEM also help me contribute back to JBA by mentoring staff to develop their skills, reviewing applications for Chartership and conducting mock PRIs.
How do you apply for Chartership with CIWEM?
Chartership is achieved by demonstrating you have satisfied a range of mandatory competences covering:
- Knowledge of wider environmental issues
- Planning, implementing and evaluating environmental projects
- Safe and effective working practices
- Communication and professional ethics
- Commitment to professional development
CIWEM also offers the opportunity to be Chartered with the EngC, SciC and the SocEnv. Each of these bodies have their own set of mandatory competences with an emphasis on practical problem solving (EngC), research and analysis (SciC) and sustainability (SocEnv).
Chartership is conferred after submitting an online application which is assessed by CIWEM before inviting the applicant to a PRI.
At JBA we mentor our staff by developing their skills as they set out on their career, and by guiding them through the Chartership application process. Many of our staff contribute to CIWEM in various other ways including:
- Serving on local branch committees, helping develop interesting programmes of meetings, seminars and site visits.
- Contributing to CIWEM conferences by presenting papers and chairing individual sessions.
- Conducting PRIs as a reviewer.
- Serving on the Professional Standards Committee.
Want to know more?
Email Mark Bentley for more information about chartered professional status with CIWEM.
You can also find out about our Graduate scheme here.