Understanding what good practice looks like and how to develop your competence in different areas of ecological survey, management and mitigation is fundamental to professional development and progressing your career.
CIEEM has been working with volunteer members to develop taxa-specific competency standards that tell the practitioner what they need to know and what they should be able to do in order to demonstrate increasing levels of competence. These competency standards are derived from the CIEEM Competency Framework and have also drawn on the Ecological Competences: Skills and Process document published by Atkins in 2019.
By using these competency standards you are able to:
- Identify your current level of competence in the activity described.
- Understand the evidence you would need to demonstrate competence to others.
- Plan how to develop your knowledge and skills to move up to the next competence level.
We are pleased to publish the first standard; the Competency Standard for Water Vole Survey, Mitigation and Management. This document is a draft version and we would welcome comments and feedback using the form provided. Please complete and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other competency standards currently in development include:
- Habitat survey and mapping
- GCN survey, mitigation and management
- Reptile survey mitigation and management
- Badger survey, mitigation and management
- Terrestrial insects survey, mitigation and management
- Aquatic insects survey management and mitigation
Each standard is being developed by a working group of volunteer members with subject expertise.
We are grateful to the following members of the steering group for this project: