Requirements to become a Chartered Scientist

Applicants are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of current problems or new insights, much of which is informed by the
forefront of their field of study or area of professional practice.

The benchmark route is the successful completion of a programme of study leading to an MSc (see ‘M’-level equivalence document).

All candidates need to have at least four years postgraduate experience in the practice, application or teaching of science. Additionally, applicants must have undertaken continuing professional development commensurate with the level of attainment required for a minimum of two years immediately prior to the application.

Applicants must demonstrate that their scope of practice requires them to:

A. Deal with complex scientific issues, both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

B. Exercise self-direction and originality in solving problems, and exercise substantial personal autonomy in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

C. Continue to advance knowledge, understanding and competence to a high level and demonstrate a commitment to CPD.

D. Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to Health and Safety and environmental issues related to employment. (Candidates must provide evidence of H&S criteria that cover their areas of work; this may include relevant legislation and appropriate application (i.e. COSHH, Ionizing Radiation Regulations, etc.) It may also include risk assessments or systems of schemes of work to comply with H&S.)

E. Comply with the relevant Codes of Conduct.