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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967

Online CPD Units

CIWEM have developed a training experience open to everyone, both members and non-members. Using a web-based elearning format, allowing you to study at any time, and anywhere, that you have a web connection, our new on-line training units will provide you with valuable continuing professional development (CPD).

The assessments that enable you to demonstrate that you have met unit the learning outcomes are all aligned with the 14 Mandatory Competences that you will need to demonstrate when applying for CIWEM corporate membership.

So, why not gain CPD whilst working towards completion of your application for CIWEM membership.  These units have the benefit of tutor-support through Skype, email and phone and provide both the background and detailed knowledge that you need to really understand the technologies that are applied to remove pollution from water.

Each tutor-supported unit includes the following:

  • Access to an on line training unit containing teaching and learning content and linked to a wide range of other quality web-based resources
  • Online support and feedback throughout the unit from a tutor with nearly 10 years experience supporting on-line learners, and who regularly reviews applications for CIWEM corporate membership and who has acted as a professional interviewer for membership applicants for many years
  • A range of built-in self-assessment and self-evaluation questions throughout the unit
  • One or more summative assessments [assignments] addressing all of the unit learning outcomes [LOs]
  • Clear mapping of the above assignment(s) across a range of the CIWEM 14 Mandatory Competences [MCs] used when reviewing applications for corporate membership of the Institution
  • Provision of individual feedback to each participant covering how well you have met the LOs for the unit, and reviewing the extent to which you have addressed the associated CIWEM MCs
  • Suggestions about how you might consider modifying your thoughts to align responses more closely to the requirements of the CIWEM MCs
  • A completion certificate for participants who successfully achieve all of the unit LOs

Each 24 hour equivalent unit runs over a period of 15 weeks and each 8 hour equivalent unit runs over 5 weeks. You will need to devote 2.5-3.5 hours per week as you work through each one - the precise time will depend on your prior knowledge and your depth of interest in the different topics being covered. Each unit is free-standing and can be taken either individually or in any sequence.


Constructed Wetlands

'I've found this course invaluable, as my knowledge of sewage treatment prior to this was strictly limited to what I had come across, and it is also very well structured'

Anna Wallen, Senior Research Scientist, Thames Water Innovation Team

"Thank you for a lovely course...I really have enjoyed working on it."

Amy Muggeridge

Municipal Waste Water Treatment

'this was probably the best training course I have taken in 25 years'
'...great course, thank you. I will certainly be doing another'

Edward EASTHAM, CIP/Maintenance Manager, Veolia Water Guam

'Just to let you know I've accepted a job offer working  as a  Process Scientist. During my feedback they told me I had good underpinning knowledge of wastewater processes which they hope to further develop. Obviously the course I undertook with yourself had a lot to do with this and so I would just like to thank you again for all the help you've given me over the last few months.'

Andrew Sprigings

"The amount of information was exactly the type that I search high and low for in my job. I can read a thousand manuals that I get when a new piece of plant is commissioned and still it doesn't explain things as well as the content on this course.

Really good stuff."

Stuart Chatten - Anglian Water

"...thank you very much for all of your help and support throughout the CIWEM unit. It has all been very informative and useful to me and I have definitely learnt a lot. The course was definitely set out in a very good and easy way to learn. It was nice to receive such great and positive feedback for my answers..."

Sally Ball - Environment Agency Permitting Officer (Water Quality / Waste)


Sludge Treatment and Management

"I really enjoyed this module and have benefited greatly from it - on a work and personal interest level.  You have obviously put a lot of hard work into this module which comes across as interesting, resourceful and easy to read."

David Speers - Jacobs

Thanks again for a great course. It really has given me a lot more confidence in sludge management which is very applicable to my current role.

Mark Hughes
Engineering Manager - Sludge
United Utilities 


Building a Sustainable Business

"I enjoyed doing the course and acquired a much better understanding of the complex issues that challenge the concept of sustainability"

Ged Mitchell
Environmental Engineer
BEAR Scotland Ltd.


"...a very useful grounding of the various options available for disinfection. I particularly value the extensive hyperlinks to additional material which when followed allow a much more in-depth information to be gained where it is required..."

Introduction to the UK Water Industry

"..But just to say useful unit for me; learnt new things, consolidated knowledge & reminded me of  things I'd forgotten!"


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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967