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The Step-By-Step Guide to Your Chartership Application

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Step 4: Which Area of Geoscience / Science?

The Fellowship of the Society cover a very ‘broad church’ of geoscience/science straddling a wide range of industries and employments including: Resource Prospecting and Extraction; Ground Engineering; Environment and Waste; Natural Hazards; Geophysics; Hydrogeology; IT and Data Management; Academic Research and Teaching and many others.

An essential part of the Chartership Application is for you to describe the general area of geosciences/science for which you are claiming competency. This is then assessed against the required criteria (i, ii and vii for CGeol or A and D for CSci). You are applying to become Chartered as a Geologist or Scientist (or both) for the area in which you practice and are competent and not geoscience or science as a whole. Should you start working outside your area of competence then you will need to be supervised by a competent person or gain competency in that area through additional training.

The Application requires you to describe the area(s) of geoscience/science for which you are claiming competency. You should do this in 2 or 3 sentences which are carefully considered and provide a succinct summary of your geoscience/science expertise. It is this/these areas that will be investigated by the Scrutineers together with the boundaries of your competency.

The Application Form also includes a schedule of ‘expertise’ options where you may indicate up to three fields covering the general area of your professional practice. This is for information for the Chartership Officer who will use this information in the selection of suitable and relevantly experienced Scrutineers. Please only indicate those that are directly relevant to your work and experience.

The other general professional competencies, criteria iii, iv, v and vi (Health and Safety; Communication; Professionalism and Professional Ethics; Maintenance of Competence through CPD) for CGeol and criteria B,C and E for CSci are equally important and must be addressed in the Application. These will mainly be assessed in the Interview and the submitted documentation.

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