The Geological Society of London is the recognised UK professional body for geoscientists. It awards the professional qualification of Chartered Geologist (and the post nominal CGeol). The ‘Chartered’ designation indicates a professional practitioner with a high level of education, professional competence in their field of practice, a commitment to professional ethics and who is bound by a professional Code of Conduct. Chartered Geologist is appropriate for those fellows practicing as professional geoscientists and for whom geoscience knowledge is an essential element for the fulfilment of their role.
The Society is one of a number of professional bodies licensed by the Science Council (www.sciencecouncil.org
) to award the title of Chartered Scientist (and the post nominal CSci). This qualification is appropriate for Fellows practicing as professional scientists and for whom scientific knowledge or practice at a professional level forms an essential element for the fulfilment of their role.
Both qualifications are of equal standing and many Fellows will fulfil the requirements for both CGeol and CSci
The Society is also licensed by the European Federation of Geologists to consider applications for the European Geologist title (and the post nominal EurGeol) in the UK. All who qualify for CGeol will have met the EurGeol requirements.
To ensure that Fellows with appropriate post-graduation experience can be validated as a Chartered geologist or Chartered Scientist the Society has published the following sets of regulations.
If you are interested in applying for one or both of these qualifications, or want to find out more about the reciprocal arrangements from which the Chartered Fellows benefit then go to one of the following links on the navigation menu (Apply for CGeolor Apply for CSci). If you wish to apply for both qualifications you will need to complete a separate application for each, though much, if not all, of the supporting documentation can be used for both applications. A list of FAQs explaining the application requirements for each title, and which might be most suitable for you, can be found in Chartership FAQs on the navigation menu.
Applications will be scrutinised by individuals selected from a pool of Validated Scrutineers (Fellows who are experienced CGeols/CScis at least one of whom will have an area of expertise that matches that claimed by the candidate). All candidates will also be required to attend a professional interview.
Eligibility to apply