Chartered Ecologist (CEcol)

CIEEM’s Register of Chartered Ecologists, under powers conferred by the granting of a Royal Charter on 1st April 2013, recognises the effective application of knowledge and understanding of the science of ecology by professionals.

Chartered Ecologists are active professionals who use their knowledge, experience and influence to promote and advance ecology as an applied discipline. They may work or have worked in local or national government, consultancy, the voluntary sector, statutory agencies, industry or academia but they are united by three common characteristics:

  1. their advice and practice is based on a fundamental understanding of ecology and the critical evaluation of scientific evidence;
  2. they work in accordance with high standards of professional conduct; and
  3. they can communicate complex ecological concepts and ideas confidently and effectively to a wide range of audiences.

As our natural environment faces ever-increasing pressures and threats, there are signs that society increasingly recognises and values the vital life support, provisioning, regulating and cultural services it provides. Chartered Ecologists are at the forefront of work to protect and enhance the natural environment and to safeguard, manage and restore these services for the benefit of nature and society.

Before joining the Register, applicants are rigorously assessed to ensure that they are fully competent and confident practitioners. Registrants are periodically re-assessed to ensure that they have maintained the high level of competence required. Chartered Ecologists are identified by the post-nominal letters ‘CEcol’.

Admission to the Register of Chartered Ecologists is currently open to:

  • Fellows or Full members of CIEEM;
  • Professional Ecologists not currently members of CIEEM; and
  • Members of other professional bodies, licensed by CIEEM, such that their members can apply to CIEEM to join the Register. Details of licensed professional bodies will be listed below as and when a licence is granted.



All applicants are required to meet defined eligibility criteria in order to be assessed for registration. To become a Chartered Ecologist:

  • You must be, or be willing to become, a Full member or Fellow of CIEEM, or be a member of another professional body which has been licensed by CIEEM to put forward candidates.
  • You must be an ‘active’ ecologist whether in an employed, self-employed, retired or otherwise voluntary capacity. This may include contributing expertise, being a source of expert advice and guidance and sharing knowledge.
  • You must also have evidence of compliance with CIEEM’s mandatory minimum Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement of 30 hours per annum, at least 20 hours of which should be structured CPD.
  • You must be able to evidence continuing compliance with your own professional body’s Code of Conduct with no complaints upheld in the three-year period leading up to your application.
  • You must meet the minimum competence requirements at the Accomplished or Authoritative levels as defined by CIEEM’s Competency Framework. We strongly recommend that, in the first instance, you complete a self-assessment of your competence level for each of the competencies within CIEEM’s Competency Framework to satisfy yourself that you are working at the required level.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying for Chartered Ecologist status, please register your interest using the form at the bottom of this page.

Supporting your CEcol application

Your Chartered Ecologist application will be assessed against the Accomplished and/or Authoritative levels of our Competency Framework. The Framework specifies the levels of competence expected of our members at different professional grades and provides a competence-based assessment of membership and Chartered Ecologist eligibility.

There are six stages in the application process for Chartered Ecologist status:

  1. Check you are eligible to apply (see above).
  2. Using the Competency Framework, carry out a self-assessment to satisfy yourself that you can evidence the minimum standard of competence required.
  3. Read the CEcol Guidance for Applicants: Stage 1, decide if you are going to apply as a Generalist or Specialist and request the appropriate application documents using the online form below.
  4. Identify and approach two sponsors who will be able to endorse your written evidence and support you in choosing the best examples to demonstrate your competence.
  5. Prepare and submit the written part of your application (Stage 1).
  6. If successful at Stage 1, prepare for and attend your Professional Review Interview (carried out by video conference).

CIEEM’s application assessment process is subject to change.  Please ensure that you are using the up-to-date application form and if in any doubt, please contact before submitting your application.

We encourage all applicants to review the additional supporting documents below:

Applications are accepted at any time and processed in the order they are received.

How much does it cost?

The payment schedule is broken down into two stages:

Stage 1

£95.00 – Initial assessment fee (including VAT, non-refundable).

Previously unsuccessful CEcol applicants will receive a 50% reduction of the initial assessment fee if their new application is received by the Secretariat within 12 months of the notification of their outcome.

In order to pass Stage 1, all competencies must be assessed as being sufficiently evidenced.  If you are required to resubmit any competencies (up to a maximum of two), there will be an additional administration fee of £15.00.

PLEASE NOTE: The Stage 1 fee is due with your initial application. If your application is successful, you will be asked if you wish to complete Stage 2. The Stage 2 fee is due upon invitation to a Professional Review Interview (PRI) and must be paid in advance of your interview.

Stage 2

£109.00 – Professional Review Interview fee (including VAT, non-refundable).

If successful at interview, a registration fee will then be payable:

£90.00 – CEcol registration fee (VAT exempt, one-off payment and includes your CEcol first annual payment).

To maintain your Chartered Ecologist registration an annual fee of £61.00 applies. If you are a CIEEM member it will be payable along with your CIEEM membership renewal on the 1st of October each year. If you are not a CIEEM member it will be due on the 1st of October each year.  Non-members should also be aware that in addition to the CEcol registration fee, they will be required to pay their membership fee as a Full member.  Invoices for Full members are generated on a pro-rata basis depending on the quarter of the subscription year in which the application was successful.  Please see the Membership Fees page for more information about the subscription fee amounts and the pro-rata table.

Please note, applicants admitted to the Register in July, August or September are entitled to registration until 30th September of the following year. All subsequent subscriptions are payable annually on 1st October.

Request an application form below

  • Details on how to work out your route to Full membership (competence/non competence-assessed), can be found in the Guidance for Applicants document.
  • This only applies if you achieved Full member status through the competence-assessed route