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Chartership and professional

With the current difficulties of holding face-to-face meetings for Chartership, we are currently conducting Chartership interviews via video conferencing (Zoom or Microsoft Teams). Fellows wishing to apply for Chartership should continue to do so as normal, using electronic file transfer (WeTransfer).

Please contact if you have any questions.

Accreditation as a Chartered Geologist or Chartered Scientist is a sign to clients, regulators, employers and the general public that you are a competent professional who can demonstrate a high level of knowledge, skills and experience, and that you are bound by a strict code of professional conduct.

The Geological Society of London is the recognised UK professional body for geoscientists. It awards the professional title of Chartered Geologist (post nominal CGeol) and is licensed by the Science Council to award the title of Chartered Scientist (post nominal CSci). 

The 'Chartered' designation indicates a professional practitioner who has been peer assessed as having key professional competencies and experience in their field of practice. They are required to maintain their professional skills and knowledge through an appropriate programme of Continual Professional Development (CPD) and are bound by an enforceable Code of Conduct.

  • The Chartered Geologist title is appropriate for Fellows practising as professional geoscientists for whom geoscience knowledge and competency is an essential element to fulfilling their role. 
  • The Chartered Scientist title is appropriate for Fellows practising as professional scientists for whom scientific knowledge and competency is essential for their role.

Both titles are of equal standing and many Fellows will fulfil the requirements for both CGeol and CSci.

Use these pages to find out out everything you need to know about Chartership - whether you are planning to apply, are mentoring or sponsoring someone's application, or are one of our Chartership Scrutineers. You can also find information about a number of post-Chartership qualifications.


Information for Applicants

Begin your journey towards accreditation as a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) or Chartered Scientist (CSci).


Information for Scrutineers

Scrutineers are experienced Chartered Geologists or Chartered Scientists who help assess new applications for Chartered status.


Information for Sponsors

Applications for Chartership need to be supported by two professionally qualified sponsors who have first-hand knowledge of the applicants work and professional standing.


Information about Mentoring

Mentors play a vital role role in supporting Fellows whilst they are preparing for Chartership. 

Post Chartership Quals

Post-Chartership Qualifications

European Geologist (EurGeol), Registered Ground Engineering Professional (RoGEP), Specialist in Land Condition (SiLC), and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CPD Mind Map

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

More on the CPD scheme - What, How and When to record. 

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Chartership Frequently Asked Questions

Working Abroad?

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The Geological Society has agreed reciprocal arrangements with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland under which we mutually recognise the equivalence of each other’s professional qualification.