Scientists and Science Technicians

Every scientist and science technician has a responsibility to themselves, and to society, to work with integrity, keep their skills and knowledge up to date and consider how their science affects the world around them.

Our registers provide you with independent recognition of your achieving and maintaining the exacting standards required to join the global community of professional scientists. Only people on the Science Council’s registers can say they are registered professional scientists and use these postnominals.

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Benefits of professional registration

Public recognition for your knowledge and experience

Registration recognises your knowledge and experience alongside any qualifications you may have, capturing on-the-job experience and demonstrating in a few letters the level of competence you have as a practicing scientist.

Find out which registration award is right for you.

Development of skills and confidence

Applying for professional registration supports and encourages you to reflect on what you have achieved in your career so far. It’s a process that will build your confidence as a practising scientist.

Find out more about the application process

Improve your chances of promotion

Registration is a mark of quality and competence that is sought after by employers. It commits you to standards of integrity and professional development that help you stand out from the crowd.

Find out more about the benefits of continuing professional development (CPD).

Demonstration of leadership

Being professionally registered is a mark of excellence. And each of the Science Council’s registers reflects stages in your science career, from establishing your technical knowledge and skill to meeting the standards of chartership as a professional scientist.

Meet other registered professional scientists.