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Chartered Environmentalist

Chartered Environmentalist

The Chartered Environmentalist qualification makes an invaluable addition to your status of chartered surveyor as it is an independently regulated qualification that cuts across all professional disciplines.

The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) regulates the profession of environmental practice through the Chartered Environmentalist qualification and seeks to influence government, policy makers and opinion formers on all aspects of the environment.

SocEnv is an independent organisation, comprising professional bodies and societies, sharing a common vision of a sustainable environment achieved through best practice environmental action.

Would you like to apply to become a Chartered Environmentalist?

The qualification is an excellent way of recognising virtuosity in sustainable environmental management and development. It adds value in the eyes of:

  • The public, who can be confident in the knowledge and competence of an environmental practitioner
  • Practitioners, with a professional, recognised qualification putting them at the forefront of their profession
  • Employers, who can have confidence in the professional ability and competence of employees and applicants
  • Government, providing assurance of an individual's competence when seeking to appoint advisers or consultants
  • Professional bodies, who will be able to benchmark the qualification for membership purposes

Significant global challenges mean that public expectation and demands on your knowledge and experience will require greater rigour and transparency.


All applicants must:

  • Be an RICS chartered professional
  • Have a relevant master's level degree or equivalent level of knowledge
  • Have sufficient, relevant and responsible practical experience to be able to demonstarte the competencies
  • Demonstrate underpinning environmental knowledge and an ability to apply it in practice

To be relevant, practical experience must be environmental in nature. Ordinarily, applicants should have at least the equivalent of four years' full-time relevant work-based practice.

If you are interested in applying but are unsure if you are eligible please get in touch using the contact details below.


There are two stages on the route to accreditation: application and interview.


You must provide:

  • Professional details
  • Summary of experience (500 words)
  • 12 x competency statements (150-200 words each)


A 60-minute interview by two or three assessors including:

  • A 10-minute presentation by you
  • Questions from the panel

Application deadlines

There are three assessment sessions available each year. The application deadlines are:

  • Last working day in March.
  • Last working day in July.
  • Last working day in November.

Interviews are scheduled approximately two months after each deadline.

Accreditation obligations

As a Chartered Environmentalist you are subject to the following obligations:

  • The SocEnv Code of Ethics
  • Ongoing monitoring by RICS Regulation
  • Completion and recording of appropriate CPD

The RICS Rules for Registration, including appendix, are available to download below.

Rules for regulation of schemes

Rules appendix