Chartered Scientist

Chartered Scientists (CSci) demonstrate effective leadership, using their specialist knowledge and broader scientific understanding to develop and improve the application of science and technology by scoping, planning and managing multifaceted projects.

Chartership as a scientist reflects the wide variety of sciences and their practice, recognising high levels of skill and experience, independent of discipline.

Once registered, you must maintain your status through meeting continuing professional development (CPD) requirements each year.

Becoming a Chartered Scientist

Applicants need to demonstrate their competence across five areas by providing examples from your working life, usually within the last five years. You will also need to provide professional references that can vouch for your knowledge and experience.

An applicant for Chartered Scientist will need to explain how they meet the below competences. Guidance is available, please check our Useful Information at the bottom of this page, or contact us here.

Applicants for CSci who do not hold a Level 7 or above qualification must complete a CSci equivalence report. The purpose of the report is to evidence that you have gained the equivalence knowledge to a Level 7 qualification through work-based learning.

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Application of knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate how you use knowledge, experience, skills and broader scientific understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging science and technology.
  • Exercise sound judgement and understand principles of uncertainty in complex and unpredictable situations.
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of relevant scientific information and concepts to propose solutions to problems.

Personal responsibility

  • Work autonomously and take responsibility for the work of self and others.
  • Promote, implement and take responsibility for robust policies and protocols relating to health, safety and sustainability.
  • Promote and ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and quality standards.
  • Oversee the implementation of solutions and demonstrate an understanding of potential and actual impacts of your work on your organisation, on the profession and on the wider community.

Interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with specialist and non- specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership through the ability to guide, influence, inspire and empathise with others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to mediate, develop and maintain positive working relationships.


Professional practice

  • Demonstrate how you scope and plan and manage projects.
  • Demonstrate the achievement of desired outcomes with the effective management of resources and risks.
  • Take responsibility for continuous improvement within a scientific or technical environment.


Professional standards

  • Comply with and promote relevant codes of conduct and practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development through continuing advancement of your own knowledge, understanding and competence.


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