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Apply for CSci

Candidates must, via their Professional Report, supporting documentation and at their Professional Interview, prove their competence against each of the following Chartership criteria:

  1. Deal with complex scientific issues, both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. (Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method in the design, development and conduct of scientific projects and provide examples).
  2. Use theoretical and practical methods in the analysis and solution of scientific problems. (Provide examples of the collection, analysis and interpretation of data associated with a problem being investigated).
  3. An ability to communicate clearly, verbally and in writing. (Demonstrate competence through the material presented in the professional report and application supporting documents and the impact made at the interview)
  4. An awareness of Health and Safety issues and other statutory obligations applicable to your discipline or area of work.
  5. A knowledge and understanding of the Code of Conduct. (Demonstrate understanding of the need to behave professionally and ethically in accordance with the Society’s Code of Conduct and fully understand the requirements of the Code).
  6. A commitment to Continuing Professional Development. (Demonstrate commitment to developing technical and professional skills for your work).
  7. Competence in your area of expertise. (Demonstrate competence in your claimed areas of professional practice, appropriate to your level of seniority).

To Apply

To apply for Chartered status please download and complete the application form. To assist with your application please read guidance note for chartership applications, the regulation R/FP/11 and any of the guidance notes below that are applicable to your specialism. All the documents are in PDF format (requires Acrobat Reader, available free from Adobe) and the application form must be printed out and posted to us.

Two sponsors, who have first-hand knowledge of your work and professional standing are required to support your application and confirm your eligibility. They must be professionally qualified with either CSci or CGeol. Other chartered qualifications may be accepted for one of the sponsors but this must be agreed in advance with the Society.

The Letter to Sponsor and Sponsor Statement form should be sent to your two sponsors, complete with a copy of the Code of Conduct. They should complete the statement form and return it to you in a sealed envelope.

Select which Chartership interview day you wish to attend for your professional interview and contact the Fellowship Office to provisionally book your interview place. Completed application forms and all supporting documentation must then be received, in full by the Fellowship Office on or before the corresponding application deadline date.

2013/14 Chartership Interview Schedule

Date of Interview Location Application Deadline Election Date
13 March 2014
Nottingham 6 January 2014 2 April 2014
22 May 2014 Manchester 3 March 2014 18 June 2014
9 September 2014 London 30 June 2014 24 September 2014
4 November 2014 Birmingham 1 September 2014 26 November 2014

Forms: Chartered Scientist (CSci)

The application form and sponsor letter is also available to download as a Word document:

Chartership Guidance notes

The Geological Society have developed guidance notes for some specialist areas of geoscience to assist chartership candidates in completing their application. These are currently available for:
Revalidation is the process which all Chartered Scientists undergo in order to retain their CSci status. Chartered Scientists must renew their award annually by confirming that they continue to meet the CSci CPD standards and providing evidence of CPD on request. Further information can be found on the CSci website at