What is Chartered Scientist?

The CSci designation demonstrates a high level of competence and professionalism in science. At present there are over around 9,000 Chartered Scientists working across all sectors of science. By benchmarking professional scientists at the same high level, CSci aims to re-engage public trust and confidence in science and scientists.

Why become a Chartered Scientist?

Being a Chartered Scientist allows all scientists working at the full professional level to be recognised on an equal footing

Graphs comparing salaries of CSci versus MemberThe designation aims to give an assurance of current competence through mandatory revalidation of CPD, and encapsulates the interdisciplinary nature of science in the 21st Century.

Who can become a Chartered Scientist?

You can apply to become a Chartered Scientist if you are a Full Member or Fellow of the IES. This usually involves having at least four years’ professional experience in order to have the necessary knowledge and have had sufficient experience to meet the competency requirements, and having achieved a relevant masters-level degree or ability to demonstrate equivalent level of knowledge through experience.

Candidates need to demonstrate their competence in five main areas; application of scientific knowledge and understanding, personal responsibility, interpersonal skills, professional practice, and professionalism.

Proportion of CSci who find their work meaningful

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CSci profile

Terry has been a Member of the IES since 2004. Having been involved in site investigation works for some years, he went on to achieve a BSc with First Class Honours in Engineering Geology in 2004 at the University of Sunderland. In 2005 he became a Chartered Environmentalist through the IES...

Routes to becoming a CSci

Self-guided route

  • Complete the process at your own speed
  • Support from the IES through the mentoring scheme
Application £134
If interview required £90

CSci workshop route

  • Complete the full process quickly
  • Tailored advice on how to complete the report
  • Gives confidence ahead of the interview
  • Further support available through the Mentoring Scheme
Workshop £399

Prices include registration and subscriptions until the end of the calendar year. Reductions are offered for unemployed Members. Contact us for further details.

Relevant documents

An application form to apply for the Chartered Scientist designation through the self-guided route.

A form to apply for a CSci Accelerated workshop

For those who would prefer to record CPD in a spreadsheet rather than using our online tool. After you have finished, upload this to the tool in the Members' Area.

All you need to know about applying for the CSci designation.

How we assesses whether Chartership candidates are working at Masters Level.

Next available workshop

All our CSci workshops are currently fully booked. Email us to be added to our advance notice list for when the next workshop becomes available.

Mentoring Scheme

Be matched with a CSci in your field to receive tailored feedback on your report, and advice on how performance in the Professional Review Interview.

Download the IES Mentoring Handbook for more information about the scheme and how to sign up, and email Rebecca Finbow if you have any questions.