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  • International Workplace
  • 12 October 2016
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‘Loophole’ closing on IEMA qualification

Following detailed consultation in 2013, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has made some important changes to its membership structure as part of what it describes as its ‘new membership journey’. 

One of the most significant changes was that from 13 June 2016 all Associate members were automatically upgraded to the new Practitioner (PIEMA) grade.

The structure and content of IEMA’s approved courses are also changing to meet the needs of the new membership grades, with a new course programme specifically designed for PIEMA already available.

During the transition period however, it is still possible for anyone taking the current IEMA Associate course to gain PIEMA grade without having to study the full PIEMA programme. What this means in practice is that if you complete a 10-day IEMA Associate course before 31 December 2016 you will automatically become an IEMA Practitioner member. Whereas from 1 January 2017 you will need to take a longer and more expensive course to achieve the same grade.

International Workplace will continue to deliver the IEMA Associate course through to it being phased out in June 2107, but will not be teaching the PIEMA course. If you want to take advantage of the ‘loophole’ to become an IEMA Practitioner without sitting the new PIEMA course, the last course from International Workplace to let you do this starts in London on 24 October.