We help individual members develop their careers by setting professional standards, qualifying their experience, recognising their achievements and supporting them through continuing professional development.
By joining the ICRS as an individual member you’ll receive:
- Professional recognition as a CRS practitioner, including the use of letters after your name if you are at Associate, Member or Fellow level.
- CPD to proactively grow your skills and capabilities.
- Free fortnightly webinars on key sustainability topics delivered by sector experts and access to our extensive on-demand webinar archive.
- Free access to award-winning online learning materials from Ashridge Business School.
- Mentoring opportunities within the ICRS community.
- Access to career case studies and interviews with leading practitioners.
- The opportunity to grow your network through events and meet ups.
- Access to special offers and discounts on subscriptions, events and other products/ services.
You can apply for Individual membership at four different levels, depending on experience:
Join as an Affiliate if you:
- have less than two years of professional experience in CR&S
- have some professional responsibility for or interest in CR&S even if it is not a core part of your work
- are studying for a qualification in CR&S or a related subject
- are considering a career in CR&S
- can demonstrate an active interest in CR&S
Join as an Associate if you:
- have at least two years’ experience in a CR&S role in the last five years
- hold a CR&S-related Master’s Degree or PhD and have at least one year of experience within the last three years
- meet the requirements of an Associate in the ICRS Competency Framework: an Associate positively contributes to CR&S work but may not necessarily be leading, directing or managing in their role
Join as a Member if you:
- have at least five years’ experience in a CR&S role in the last eight years
- hold a CR&S-related Master’s Degree or PhD and have at least three years of experience in the last five years
- meet the requirements of a Member in the ICRS Competency Framework: a Member will direct and manage CR&S work in their role
The ICRS Competency Framework
The Competency Framework sits at the heart of the Institute for our individual members and outlines what CR and sustainability (CRS) professionals need to be effective in their work at every stage of their career. It has been developed by practitioners in consultation with a broad range of professionals including in-house specialists, academics and consultants.
Your application to become an Associate (AICRS) or Member (MICRS) is an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and behaviours in line with the Competency Framework. The applications for these membership levels are also assessed against the Competency Framework.
Academic fast track & international applicants
If you have academic qualifications in a CR and sustainability-related discipline you may be eligible for the academic fast track. Check to see if this applies to you.
The ICRS also welcomes applications from anyone based outside the UK. Find out more about our approach to international applications.