Tim O’Hare CSci, Principal Soil Consultant
Professional body: British Society of Soil Science
"Where a multi-disciplinary team is required for a project, the CSci status helps to demonstrate my expertise at a level equal with other professionals and unifies the group regardless of their specialist subject."
Why I chose to apply for CSci and what I value most about being a Chartered Scientist
I applied to be a Chartered Scientist through the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists. I realized that much of my work was relevant to CSci and membership was an important goal for career development. It demonstrates scientific expertise, a recognized level of achievement and a commitment to ongoing professional development. I mainly act in a consultancy capacity, and work alongside other professionals (engineers, ecologists, hydrologists, architects and environmental consultants) where chartered status is important to many colleagues and clients. Where a multi-disciplinary team is required for a project, the CSci status helps to demonstrate my expertise at a level equal with other professionals and unifies the group regardless of their specialist subject.
The importance of CPD
I think it’s extremely important. It can be packaged in lots of different ways. A lot of time it’s done very informally – day to day you’re learning stuff, researching, talking to colleagues… all the way through to the more recognized conferences and seminars. It’s not a once a month scenario, it’s every other day. You’re developing all the time. It could be widened to focus not just on the technical aspects of a skill, but also the commercial aspects. I think as a consultant you’re very well-rounded – you have to have both technical and commercial knowledge, including knowledge of how to run a business and manage staff.