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Eligibility criteria for CGeol and CSci

The eligibility requirements for Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist are outlined in the table below.

Chartered Geologist

Chartered Scientist

You must be a Fellow of the Geological Society.

You must hold a recognised degree or equivalent qualification in geoscience at Masters (M) level or have post-graduation experience to demonstrate M level. Fellows without a geoscience degree are eligible for validation but they must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 12 years’ experience practising in geoscience.

You must hold a recognised degree or equivalent qualification in science at Masters (M) level or have post-graduation experience to demonstrate M level.

You need to have a sufficient number of years of relevant post-graduate experience in the profession and practice of geology (CGeol) or science (CSci) to be able to demonstrate competency in all of the criteria applicable to the Chartership for which you are applying.

The Geological Society no longer specifies the number of years’ experience needed to apply for Chartership. The length of time you will need will depend on a number of factors, including your exposure to new and different work experiences, coupled with the rate at which you assimilate the knowledge to become competent, as well as your motivation.

However, as a very general guide, the Society has found that most successful applicants have had at least 4 to 5 years’ relevant post-graduation work experience to gain the necessary level of competency. Those applicants that have a degree accredited by the Geological Society and/or have participated in an accredited company training scheme are typically able to become Chartered a year earlier than those who do not.

You need to be supported by two Fellows acting as Sponsors who themselves have been validated as Chartered Geologists or Chartered Scientists. For CGeol applications at least one sponsor must be CGeol, and for CSci applications at least one sponsor must be CSci. Other professional qualifications may be accepted, but must be agreed in advance with the Society.

To read the full eligibility requirements and criteria for validation as a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist, please see:

Regulation R/FP/2: Criteria and Procedure for Validation as a Chartered Geologist

Regulation R/FP/11: Criteria and Procedure for Validation as a Chartered Scientist