Why become a CIEEM trainer?

Working as a trainer with us offers many benefits, including:

  • Promotion of your training event(s) to over 6000 of our members.
  • All bookings managed by us, so less admin for you.
  • The security of a minimum payment per training event*.
  • An annual commitment to run your training event on two separate occasions*.
  • Enhancement of your CPD record and evidence of an authoritative level of competence to support applications for Chartered Ecologist or Chartered Environmentalist status.
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with other practitioners interested in your specialism.
  • An active role in developing the skills and understanding of practitioners across the profession.

*Assuming the minimum booking number is met, and all work is completed to the required standard.

What our trainers say about delivering training events with CIEEM:

“Delivering a training course on a topic is one of the best ways of making sure you really understand it. Having to explain a difficult concept, or at least your interpretation of it, to a roomful of ecologists helps you clarify your own view. If it can stand up to the challenging questions that will be asked by those attending a CIEEM training course, then you’re probably on the right lines. 

Delivering a training course instils confidence in your own abilities, and sharing your knowledge is incredibly rewarding, particularly with those who are relatively new to the profession.

I really enjoy fine tuning my course material each year, based on what I’ve learnt from the last time I ran the course, and what’s changed in the interim, to try to make the course as valuable as possible to those attending.”

Mike Dean (Otter Ecology and Surveys, Otter Mitigation, Water Vole Ecology and Surveys, Water Vole Mitigation, Report Writing (2 levels) & Ecological Impact Assessment (3 levels))


“I realise that it is difficult for those starting out in ecology to get enough small mammal handling experience in the field as they worry about causing harm and stress to wild animals. As I have worked in conservation for over 20 years, handling small mammals comes naturally to me and I enjoy passing my skills on. It is really rewarding to see how the participants’ skills and confidence improve during the course. I also feel that it is a good use of my captive animals, such as bats, that sadly can’t be returned to the wild due to past injuries.”

Hazel Ryan (Bat Handling and Identification & Hazel Dormouse Handling and Survey Methods)


I get a great amount of satisfaction from watching people learn and see their confidence grow, whether I’m teaching them how to identify grasses, helping them to understand the intricacies of QGIS, or passing on tips and techniques for running effective training courses.

I’ve been running training courses for 27 years, firstly as a Trainer for the Employment Service and more recently for CIEEM. Over that time I’ve never lost the ‘buzz’ that comes from facilitating learning, whatever the subject.

One of the hidden benefits of running training for CIEEM is that, because you are learning yourself whilst researching your training, delivering training contributes towards your CPD hours!”

Paul Losse (Train the Trainer for Ecologists, QGIS for Ecologists and Environmental Practitioners (2 levels), Grasses for Phase One Survey & Introduction to Phase One Habitat Survey)


“I have been running training courses for CIEEM for over 10 years. I enjoy providing these courses and sharing the knowledge I’ve gained from over 15 years as an ecological consultant. I always find preparing for the courses is a good way to keep up to date with new research, policy and guidance too.

It’s great to meet the course participants and hear about their experiences and examples of other projects. Some of the best parts of the day are the group discussions with everyone sharing their views and knowledge and I always come away having learnt something new as well!”

Beccy Osborn (Protected Mammals Survey, Ecology, Impacts and Mitigation, including specific training on Badgers, Bats and Otters)


“I’ve been a professional ecologist for over 10 years, and I wouldn’t be where I am in my career if it weren’t for others sharing their knowledge and experience with me. I think it’s important to give back to the ecological community, and share knowledge and experience – running training courses is a great way of doing this. 

CIEEM courses always bring together a range of ecological professionals from different geographic locations, stages of career, and roles. Because of this, the calibre of discussion is always of a very high level, and I enjoy being challenged and seeing things from the differing perspectives of course attendees. Of course, then there’s the shared joy of actually finding animals, if the course has a field element. It’s a hugely rewarding experience.”

Chris Cathrine (Ecological Impact Assessment (3 levels), Wind Farm Bird Collision Risk Modelling, Great Crested Newt Survey and Ecology & Great Crested Newt Mitigation)