Chartered Scientist (CSci)

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Chartered Scientists represent the best professional scientists working in the UK and abroad. They demonstrate effective leadership, using their specialist knowledge and broader scientific understanding to develop and improve the application of science and technology by scoping, planning and managing multifaceted projects.

Chartership as a scientist reflects the wide variety of sciences and their practice, recognising high levels of skill and experience, independent of discipline.

Once registered, you must maintain your status through meeting continuing professional development (CPD) requirements each year.

Meet some of our other Chartered Scientists

How do I become a Chartered Scientist?

Applicants need to demonstrate their competence across five areas by providing examples from your working life, usually within the last five years. You will also need to provide professional references that can vouch for your knowledge and experience. You are then assessed, either on paper or in a face to face interview, depending on which Licensed Professional Body you are a member of.

An applicant for Chartered Scientist will need to explain how they meet the below competences. Guidance is available, please check our Useful Information, or contact us here.

Please note: applicants for CSci who do not hold a Level 7 or above qualification must complete a CSci equivalence report. The purpose of the report is to evidence that you have gained the equivalence knowledge to a Level 7 qualification through work-based learning.

Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Use specialist experiential knowledge and broader scientific understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging science and technology.
  • Exercise sound judgement in the absence of complete information and in complex or unpredictable situations.
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of relevant scientific information and concepts to propose solutions to problems.
Personal responsibility
  • Work autonomously and take responsibility for the work of self and others.
  • Promote and implement robust policies and protocols relating to health, safety and security
  • Promote and ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and quality standards.
  • Oversee the implementation of solutions with due regard to the wider environment and broader context.
Interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with specialist and non- specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership through the ability to guide, influence, inspire and empathise with others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to mediate, develop and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Scope, plan and manage multifaceted projects.
  • Demonstrate the achievement of desired outcomes with the effective management of resources and risks.
  • Take responsibility for continuous performance improvement at both a personal level and in a wider organisational context.
Professional standards
  • Demonstrate understanding and compliance with relevant codes of conduct.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development through continuing advancement of own knowledge, understanding and competence.