The OR Society offers its members three pathways for professional certification – The OR Society accreditation, Science Council Chartered and Registered Scientist and INFORMS' Certified Analytics Professional status. These are offered only to members because membership of a relevant professional society is universally recognised as a key component of certified professional competence.

These routes are not mutually exclusive, so you may pursue any or all of them. However, you may decide you are more suited to one than the others. The following summaries may help you decide:

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The OR Society’s accreditation scheme

Any OR Society member with a relevant degree and a desire for professional development can embark upon The OR Society’s staged accreditation scheme, from Candidate Associate (CandORS) for new entrants and Associate (AORS) for those with a couple of years’ experience, to Associate Fellow (AFORS) for those with more substantial experience and finally Fellow (FORS) for those with a significant track record and influence.

Choose OR Society accreditation if:

  • You want to show specifically that you are an OR professional or
  • You want appropriate recognition at any stage of your career or
  • You want a one-off accreditation with no need for review or renewal

You will need to compile evidence of your achievements and experience suitable to the level applied for and identify two referees who can confirm the content of your application.

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Chartered Scientist and Registered Scientist

CSci and RSci are qualifications established by the Science Council and made available to our members through being licensed to The OR Society. They are ideal for anyone who wants a widely recognised accreditation, demonstrating their scientific competence. The track record and experience are required for application and CSci is roughly equivalent to our AFORS grade.

Choose Science Council accreditation if:

  • You want a chartered qualification or
  • You want a designation recognised by people unfamiliar with OR or
  • You want a designation that is being promoted beyond The OR Society

CSci and RSci registrants must follow a code of conduct, commit to continuing professional development (CPD) and keep records of CPD that may be inspected on demand. 

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Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)

Certified Analytics Professional, an exam-based analytics qualification established by INFORMS, the US equivalent of The OR Society. Like CSci, CAP requires commitment to CPD and record-keeping of CPD for inspection.

Choose CAP if:

  • You want a qualification that is specifically related to analytics or
  • You want a designation that is being promoted beyond The OR Society or
  • You want an exam-based qualification

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