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C env spec web pdf march 2013(1)

  1. 1. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 1 Chartered Environmentalist Specification CEnv Spec “Sustainability through Environmental Professionalism”
  2. 2. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 2 Our Mission Statement SocEnv aspires to be the leading and co-ordinating professional body in environmental matters and a pre-eminent champion of a sustainable environment. It will achieve this by nurturing and harnessing the combined resources, knowledge, expertise and achievements of its licensed Constituent Bodies and their members.
  3. 3. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 3 Introduction Never before has the link between the natural world and the health, CEnv status offers practitioners recognition beyond their specific sector, wellbeing and prosperity of human society been so tangible. Climate denoting competence in and commitment to sustainability and change, global food supply, energy and water security, and biodiversity are environmental best practice. Over time, it is raising standards across daily headline topics; as we come to better understand the relationship sectors, and enabling diverse but interconnected disciplines to see between man and nature we are also becoming aware of its complexity themselves as part of a wider environmental profession. and increasing fragility. Chartered Environmentalists come from no one profession. Academics, The environmental challenges we face today cannot be solved by experts consultants, utilities managers, engineers, scientists, builders, lawyers, from any one sector, or by those from core environmental specialisms designers, accountants, public or private sector managers, land, water and alone. Collaborative, cross-disciplinary action is needed, encompassing our waste managers, and individuals from many other professions may all be public services, private industries, educational and professional institutions, eligible for CEnv status. as well as community initiatives. All Chartered Environmentalists share the ability to apply knowledge and In recognition of this, a group of leading professional bodies founded the understanding of environmental best practice to further the aims of Society for the Environment (SocEnv). Their objective was to develop a sustainable development and to put them at the forefront of their respected and well organised profession of environmentalists. Their mission: professional practice. to nurture interdisciplinary environmental skills and disseminate the Practitioners need to be aware of the significant global environmental knowledge and application of environmental best practice for the public challenges we face. Public expectation and demands on their knowledge benefit. and experience will continue to increase. They will need to demonstrate Now, in its ninth year since achieving a Royal Charter, SocEnv has a their professionalism with ever greater rigour and committed and growing membership of 23 licensed Constituent Bodies clarity. There is no better way to do so than through through which over 7000 individuals have achieved ‘Chartered the leading independently regulated qualification Environmentalist’ (CEnv) status. that cuts across all professional disciplines – Chartered Environmentalist.
  4. 4. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 4 Section 1 Why become a Chartered Environmentalist? Chartered Environmentalist embraces a wide range of disciplines and is an Registration sets Chartered Environmentalists apart from those who are excellent way of recognising virtuosity in environmental management and unregistered. It establishes their proven knowledge, understanding and sustainability. The designation benefits all concerned with the environment: competence. In particular, registration demonstrates a commitment to • The Public, who can be confident in the knowledge and competence of an environmental practitioner; • Practitioners by identification as a professionally qualified environmentalist that puts them at the forefront of their profession; • Employers, with confirmation of the professional ability and competence of employees and applicants; • Governments and governmental bodies seeking to appoint advisers or professional standards and enhancing competence. Chartered status gives a proven edge to candidates applying for posts, whether or not this is a requirement in the job specification. Employers of Chartered Environmentalists have the assurance of knowing their employees have had their competence assessed and their commitment to continuing professional development established to consistent and rigorous standards. consultants will be assured about an individual competence; • Professional Bodies, who will be able to benchmark the qualification for membership purposes; • Higher Education, in setting and monitoring benchmarks for environmental courses, and promoting study programmes; • Regulatory Bodies, who could be confident in specifying the CEnv designation in Acts of Parliament and regulations; • Legal credibility, enabling expert witness participation at a defined standard; and • Professional standing, recognising equality of excellence across a wide range of environment disciplines. Recognition of Chartered Environmentalist The Chartered Environmentalist status establishes professional environmentalists on a par with other professionals such as Chartered Engineers and Chartered Scientists. It serves the needs of a broad range of environmental professionals and it is expected that as numbers of CEnvs increase, both in the UK and overseas, it will become the international benchmark for environmental professionalism.
  5. 5. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 5 Section 1 Knowledge and Experience To be eligible for consideration as a Chartered Environmentalist, Once Chartered status is achieved, retention will also require continued candidates must: membership of one of the Society for the Environment’s licensed • have individual membership of a professional body licensed by SocEnv (see website for details www.socenv.org.uk); • have a relevant Master ’s level degree or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge. The equivalent level of knowledge will be determined by the licensed Body. • have sufficient relevant and responsible practical experience to be able to demonstrate CEnv Competences. Ordinarily, this would be four or more years. The sufficiency of experience will be determined by the licensed Body. • demonstrate underpinning environmental knowledge and an ability to apply it in practice; and • be willing to comply with the Society ’s Code of Ethics and the requirements of their licensed Body relating to continuing professional development. Constituent Bodies and payment of the annual fee. Chartered Environmentalists may transfer their registration, which is always through a licensed Constituent Body, to another licensed Constituent Body during their career. Chartered Environmentalist status is open to everyone who can demonstrate competence to perform work as a professional to the necessary standards and commit themselves to: • Maintain their competence • Work within the professional code of ethics • Participate actively within the profession
  6. 6. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 6 Section 2 What is Competence and how is it assessed? Key Competences Section 2 of this booklet sets out the thresholds for generic competence for The competences are grouped into 4 key areas: registration as a Chartered Environmentalist. These standards have been developed with the support of all our Constituent Bodies and approved by A. Application of knowledge and understanding of the environment to further the aims of sustainability. our Registration Authority. Competence includes the knowledge, understanding and skills which underpin performance. Professional Environmentalists become competent through a mixture of education and experience. This enables them to develop as professionals to a level of competence which can be assessed to be of Chartered status. B. Leading Sustainable Management of the Environment. C. Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills. D. Personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment. It is recognised that each candidate will have a unique engagement with Assessment of Competence To become Chartered Environmentalists candidates must have the environment, dependent upon his or her job role, sector specific experience, and/or qualifications their competence assessed by a professional review process. This The specification is therefore, a generic standard against which each process is undertaken by licensed Constituent Bodies of the Society for the candidate can be assessed with respect to their current levels of Environment. The assessment is undertaken by two practising competencies that will tend to be sector specific. Applicants will need to environmental professionals, who themselves are Chartered demonstrate how they meet each of the following competences. Environmentalists, trained in the professional assessment process. Candidates are assessed against the areas of competence outlined in Section 2 of this booklet. The assessment process will take into account the CV and written reports provided by the candidate, as well as evidence provided during the Professional Review Interview.
  7. 7. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 7 Section 2 Key Competences in Detail A Application of knowledge and understanding of the environment to further the aims of sustainability: A1 Have underpinning knowledge of sustainable development principles in the management of the environment. • Critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short and long-term implications. • Actively learn from results to improve future environmental solutions and approaches, and build best practice. • Negotiate the necessary contractual and agreed arrangements with This normally includes the ability to: other stakeholders. • Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex environmental information to determine sustainable courses of action. • Understand the wider environmental context in which the area of study or work is being undertaken. A3 Analyse and evaluate problems from an environmental perspective, develop practical sustainable solutions and anticipate environmental trends to develop practical solutions. • Understand the importance of maintaining and enhancing natural cycles and biodiversity in achieving sustainability. • Reformulate and use practical, conceptual or technological understanding of environmental management to develop ways forward in complex situations. This normally includes the ability to • Analyse and evaluate problems, some complex, from an environmental perspective working sometimes with incomplete data. • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and addressing problems. A2 Apply environmental knowledge and principles in pursuit of sustainable environmental management in professional practice. This normally includes the ability to: • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current environmental problems and anticipate the impact of future environmental trends. • Critically analyse and embrace new environmental information and seek new knowledge, skills and competences in the field of • Conceptualise and address problematic situations that involve many interacting environmental factors. • Determine and use appropriate methodologies and approaches. environment based on the most recent scientific, social, economic, cultural and technical developments and understanding.
  8. 8. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 8 Section 2 B Leading Sustainable Management of the Environment. B1 Promote behavioural and cultural change by influencing others in order to secure environmental improvements that go beyond minimum B3 Demonstrate leadership and management skills. This normally includes the ability to: statutory requirements. • Exercise autonomy and judgement across environmental and This normally includes the ability to: • Develop good practices [best practice] by actively learning from results to improve future environmental solutions and approaches. • Help, mentor and support others to understand the wider environmental picture • Advocate sustainability concerns and environmental issues, encourage others to actively contribute to environmental protection and sustainability B2 Promote a strategic environmental approach. This normally includes the ability to: • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in developing strategies for sustainable development and environmental improvement. • Actively collaborate and engage with other disciplines and stakeholders and encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to environmental challenges • Identify constraints and exploit opportunities for the development and transfer of environmentally appropriate technology. • Identify areas of uncertainty and risk including health and safety, environmental, technical, business and reputational. sustainability issues. • Motivate and influence others to agree and deliver environmental objectives. • Identify individual needs, plan for their development, assess individual performance and provide feedback. • Reflect on outcomes, identify and pursue improvements on previous practice.
  9. 9. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 9 Section 2 C Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills. C1 Communicate the environmental case, confidently, clearly, C2 Ability to liaise with, negotiate with, handle conflict and advise others, in autonomously and competently. individual and/or group environments (either as a leader or member). This normally includes the ability to: This normally includes the ability to: • Deliver presentations to a wide spectrum of audiences. • Understand the motives and attitudes of others and be aware of • Lead and sustain debates. different roles. • Contribute to and chair meetings and discussions. • Influence decision-making. • Identify, engage with and respond to a range of stakeholders. • Seek the opinions and contributions of others • Promote development opportunities and activities. • Champion group decisions and manage conflict for the achievement of common goals and objectives.
  10. 10. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 10 Section 2 D Personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment D1 Encourage others to promote and advance a sustainable and resilient approach by understanding their responsibility for environmental D3 Demonstrate an understanding of environmental ethical dilemmas. This normally includes the ability to: damage and improvement. • Understand the nature of professional responsibility. This normally includes the ability to: • Inform and encourage others to consider environmental sustainability issues and the consequence of their decisions and actions. D2 Take responsibility for personal development and work towards and secure change and improvements for a sustainable future. This normally includes the ability to: • Recognise the value of CPD to the profession. • Have a strong desire to learn. • Value and actively pursue personal professional development. • Identify the environmental ethical elements in decisions. • Address and resolve problems arising from questionable environmental practice. D4 Comply with relevant codes of conduct and practice.
  11. 11. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 11 Section 3 Professional Behaviours Maintaining Competence In addition to the requirements of the licensed Body through which an Chartered Environmentalists are expected to undertake appropriate application is made, candidates will also be required to comply with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by: following SocEnv Code of Ethics. • Identifying and prioritising their development needs and opportunities. • Using appropriate guidelines from their licensed body together with SocEnv Code of Ethics As a Chartered Environmentalist I will: competence benchmark standards. • Pursuing a development action plan using a range of appropriate learning opportunities. • Act in accordance with the best principles for the mitigation of environmental harm and the enhancement • Recording development achievements. • Evaluating achievements and reviewing against needs. of environmental quality; • Strive to ensure that the uses of natural resources are fair Revalidation of CEnv and sustainable taking account of the needs of a diverse Formal revalidation of professional registration is not required once society; registered. Chartered Environmentalists are encouraged to ensure that they • Use my skills and experience to serve the needs of the environment and society; • Serve as an example to others for responsible effectively maintain their professional competences up to date. They may be removed or suspended if they are found not to have maintained such competences. environmental behaviour; • Not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation or discrimination; and, • Commit to maintaining my personal professional For further information All applications and assessments for the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) process are conducted by a Constituent Body under license to competence and strive to maintain the integrity and SocEnv. All enquiries should be directed to one of them. A list of all competence of my profession. licensed Constituent Bodies may be found on the SocEnv website: www.socenv.org.uk
  12. 12. 1623_amended_spec_120213_bren_cenv spec 12/04/2013 15:05 Page 12 Denham House, 120 Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1AF Tel: 0845 337 2951 | Fax: 01827 718232 C This document has been printed on recycled stock in accordance with the Society’s Environmental Policy Email: enquiries@socenv.org.uk