Chartered Scientist

Please note that from the 1st September 2015 the IES will be introducing a new application process and revised competencies for Chartered Scientist (CSci).

For those who have started writing their report under the current system you will need to submit before 1st November, as this will be the final date that we will be accepting the old format.

For the time being you can download both the old and new guidance from the column on the right.

What is Chartered scientist?

The CSci designation demonstrates a high level of competence and professionalism in science. At present there are over around 12,000 Chartered Scientists working across all sectors of science.

Being chartered is the mark of professional recognition and being a Chartered Scientist allows all scientists working at the full professional level to be recognised on an equal footing.

The 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.

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?

The CSci benefits individual scientists, the profession as a whole and even the general public.

For the individual:

  • Providing wider recognition outside of your own specific discipline;
  • Enabling you to demonstrate to employers and other professionals your commitment to a high level of competence and continuing professional development; and
  • Demonstrating the breadth of your career across the field of science.

For the employer:

  • Providing assurance of the capability and commitment of employees; and
  • Providing a platform for interdisciplinary networking through demonstrating a commitment to high-level professionalism.

For the profession:

  • Setting the same high standard for all professional scientists, irrespective of their sector;
  • Ensuring all CSci are participating in Continuous Professional Development; and
  • Promoting interdisciplinary networking amongst professional scientists.

For the public:

  • Creating a single recognisable standard across (and beyond) the science professions; and
  • Improving the public’s trust of scientists through their demonstration of commitment to professional standards.


Relevant documents

A form to apply for the Chartered Scientist designation.

All you need to know about applying for the CSci designation through the self-guided route.

A form to apply for the Chartered Scientist designation under the competences being phased out by 1st November.

All you need to know about applying for the CSci designation through the self-guided route under the competences being phased out by 1st November.

A sheet to record your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) over the past year.

How the IES panel assesses whether Chartership candidates are working at Masters Level.

CSci costs

There is a different application depending on your membership grade and the administrative burden of processing the different applications is reflected in the CSci pricing structure.

Grade held Cost
Fellow £50
Member + CEnv £70
Member (not CEnv) £90

Prices include registration and subscriptions until the end of the calendar year.

CSci profile

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Joining the IES helps your personal and professional development. Wherever you are in your career, the IES has membership services that will help you gain recognition and progress to the next level.

Benefits Include:

  • 4-5 journals per annum
  • Regional and national events
  • Chance to apply for Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist and IES Lead Energy Assesor
  • Recognition of professional status
  • Use of post-nominal letters
  • Exclusive access to our online CPD recording tool
  • Regular reports on the environmental science sector

Other charterships

IES Lead Energy Assessor