Early Careers Training Programme

CIEEM is keen to support those entering the profession by providing opportunities to gain a solid foundation in key areas and also instill good practice and a sense of professional responsibility at an early stage in their career. To address this, CIEEM has developed the ‘Early Careers Training Programme’.

This programme is comprised of 12 days of training for early career Ecologists and Environmental Managers to be taken over an 18-24 month period. This will include a mix of core modules and a range of optional modules for the delegate and employer to choose from based on their interests and specific areas of work.

The programme is limited to just 16 delegates per intake, who will start the programme together by attending a 2-day in-person residential introduction course in Peterborough on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 March 2022.

Modules will be delivered by well-established trainers and involve a combination of online, in-person and field-based learning.

Throughout the programme, the ‘class of 2022’ will be able to network and provide peer-to-peer support to each other, which we hope will continue into their careers.

On completion of the programme, delegates will receive a Certificate of Achievement and an evidence base for submission of a future upgrade of their CIEEM membership to Associate level.

Who can attend?

The Early Careers Training Programme is open to those who are early career Ecologists and Environmental Managers working across all sectors. The level of experience required for all the modules will be aimed at beginners.

Benefits of attending

  • Investment in your junior staff to help them gain a good foundation in ecology and environmental management
  • 12 days of training for £990
  • Valuable on-the-job training to help upskill staff
  • High-quality training delivered by well-established trainers
  • Delegates will be able to gain basic knowledge and understanding of key themes
  • Peer-to-peer support during the programme
  • Networking opportunities
  • Certificate on completion of the course

Core and optional modules

The Early Careers Training Programme will feature 7 days of mandatory modules that delegates will attend together, and will involve a blended mix of online, in-person and field-based training.

Core modules

Introduction to professional practice, professional ethics, ways of working and communication skills (2 days residential in-person) – Sue Bell CEcol CEnv FCIEEM (1 & 2 March 2022 in Peterborough)
Introduction to UK nature conservation legislation (1 day online) – Dr Alina Congreve & Professor Anthony Gallagher (29 March & 5 April 2022)
Habitat survey and mapping (including Phase 1 and UK Hab) (2 days in-person) – Paul Losse MCIEEM (7 & 8 or 8 & 9 June 2022 in the Midlands)
Introduction to Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (1 day online) – Mike Dean BSc MSc CEcol CEnv FCIEEM, Director, MD Ecology Limited (7 & 8 July 2022)
Introduction to Ecological Report Writing (1 day online) – Mike Dean BSc MSc CEcol CEnv FCIEEM, Director, MD Ecology Limited (18 & 19 October 2022)

In addition to the cores modules, the delegate – with support from their employer – will be required to select 5 modules from the existing CIEEM training programme. These modules will be undertaken as and when the course is available and Professional Development Team at CIEEM will be able to assist with the booking of these. You can find a sample of these courses below.

Optional modules

Ancient Woodland Indicators
Badger Ecology and Surveys
Badger Mitigation
Barn Owl: Ecology, Surveying and Mitigation
Bats Impacts and Mitigation
Beginners QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners
Botanical Surveying Skills for the Ecologist
Botany for Beginners
Breeding Birds Surveys and Checks
Biodiversity Metric 3.0
Eurasian Beaver Ecology and Surveys
Flying High – Drones for Ecology and Land Management
Grass Identification for Ecologists
Indicator Plants of Woodland, Wetland, Heath and Acid Grassland
Introduction to UK Habitat Classification
Otter Ecology and Surveys
Phase 1 for Development
QField for Ecologists and Environmental Practitioners
Reptiles: Ecology, Surveys and Mitigation
Water Vole Mitigation

Residential course

The first 2 days of the programme will be residential and provide an introduction to being an Ecologist or Environmental Manager, and cover the key skills required for this.

This will provide the cohort of delegates the opportunity to meet each other in person and form a supportive peer-to-peer network that they will be able to develop further during the programme.

The residential course will be held on 1 & 2 March 2022 and it will be a requirement of the programme for all delegates to attend this. Please note that the residential element will include a 3-course evening dinner and an overnight stay with bed and breakfast. This will be an additional cost of £95 per delegate. For the dinner, delegates will be joined by two experienced professionals providing an opportunity to hear how they embarked on their career and any challenges and rewards that they have encountered along the way.


Throughout the programme, there will be an assessment of the delegate’s knowledge and understanding of the topics covered through various multiple choice questions. This will be facilitated using the CIEEM Learning Management System for which delegates will be allocated user logins and notified when to undertake the assessment.

How to book your place

The first programme will commence in March 2022 and will be limited to 16 places.

Please note that there is a limit of 2 delegates per organisation. If you would like to book additional places then we will add the names to a waiting list for the next planned intake which is anticipated to take place later in 2022.

If you would like to reserve a place, then please email training@cieem.net

Please note that a delegate place is only confirmed once advised by CIEEM.

Confirmation of booking and payment

Bookings are now open and places will be allocated on a first-come basis.

On booking a delegate place, payment can be made in two stages:

  1. The first payment will need to be received within 21 days of the date of the invoice.
  2. The second payment will be required by the time the core modules have been completed and CIEEM will advise you in advance when the payment will be due.

Terms and Conditions

Once a place has been booked, then this is non-refundable and also non-transferable to other delegates/staff in your organisation.

We would encourage employers to have a contract in place with delegates to cover the scenario if the delegates left the organisation or are otherwise unable to continue with the training programme.