Interested in Becoming a Chartered Scientist?

Image of CSci logo A Chartered Scientist is a professional designation granted by the Science Council to individuals who meet high standards of education, training, and professional experience in scientific fields. Becoming professionally registered as a Chartered Scientist demonstrates to employers, clients, and colleagues that an individual has achieved a high level of competence and commitment to their profession. It can also enhance career prospects, provide access to exclusive professional networks, and increase recognition and credibility within the scientific community.


Applicants need to demonstrate their competence across five areas by providing examples from their working life, usually within the last five years. They will also need to provide professional references that can vouch for their knowledge and experience. Applications are then assessed, usually via an offline or online application form, and exceptionally via a face to face interview.

Applicants for CSci who do not hold a Level 7 or above qualification must complete a CSci equivalence report.

Other Charterships

Chartership exists in many professions and is a formal recognition of the level of competence an individual has.  Many of professional bodies also have their own charterships or are licensed by the Engineering Council or Society for Environment to award their charterships.

Chartered Scientist is a unique register applicable and recognised across science disciplines.

Who is a Chartered Scientist?

Some example job roles…

  • Assistant Professor
  • Departmental Laboratory Manager
  • Experimental Officer
  • Managing Director
  • NHS Doctor/Surgeon
  • Optical Imaging Manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Research Technician
  • Senior Engineering Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Manager Simulation, Psychology & Performance
  • Technical Services Manager

……to name just a few!


Some thoughts from CSci’s:

“I’ve bettered myself, I’ve become an expert in my field” – Nadia

 “Customers are familiar with the designation as it is used by other professions” – Susie

“I wanted to have my qualifications and experience recognised with a Chartership” – Marie

 “Clients and customers can see that I work to a code of ethics” – Marie

 “Chartered Scientist status is seen as a mark of quality to other scientists and the public alike” – Philip

 “It provides a framework for ethical & professional behaviour in my work” – Aleks

More information about the Chartered Scientist award