Science Council LogoAre you:

  1. Looking to further your career?
  2. Concerned about job security?
  3. Feeling that your contribution and skills are not recognised?

The IST is firmly committed enhancing professional development and recognition for technical and specialist staff at all levels and aims to help staff achieve these objectives by becoming Science Council Chartered Scientists, Registered Scientists or Registered Science Technicians.

CSci LogoChartered Scientist (CSci):
For staff in senior scientific and leadership roles – candidates will typically be qualified to at least QCF level 7 and applying their knowledge in their roles. CSci status is a well established benchmark across the professions
RSci LogoRegistered Scientist (RSci):
For staff in scientific and senior technical roles – candidates will typically (but not exclusively) be qualified to at least QCF level 5 and will be applying this knowledge to their roles. It provides recognition in its own right but can also be a springboard to CSci status
RSciTech LogoRegistered Science Technician (RSciTech):
For staff in technical roles – candidates will typically (but not exclusively) be qualified to at least QCF level 3 and will be applying this knowledge to their roles. It provides recognition in its own right but can also be a springboard to RSci or CSci status

Qualification and Experience Requirements for the Registers

The following academic criteria is required for each register

  • RSciTech applicants must have a level 3 qualification or equivalent learning and achievement.
  • RSci applicants must have a level 5 qualification or equivalent learning and achievement.
  • CSci and CSciTeach applicants must have a level 7 qualification or equivalent learning and achievement.

Qualifications need to be within a scientific discipline or relevant practice. In the case where a relevant qualification in science is not held by an applicant, an equivalent programme of study that clearly demonstrates the correct level of knowledge and practice of science. could be submitted for approval.  Alternatively applicants can submit and Eqquivalence Report which demonstrate how and when equivalent knowledge has been acquired.

Guidance on work experience

Applicants need to meet the level of competence for the level of professional registration they are applying for. To develop this level of competence, we find that it normally takes around:

  • 5 years of work experience for CSci
  • 2 years of work experience for RSci
  • 1 years of work experience for RSciTech

Registrants have reported that they have found the application process to be a straightforward and rewarding experience (with no exams) which:

  • Showcases the breadth of your knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrates your commitment to personal and professional development
  • identifies improvement opportunities and pathways
  • Connects you to professional and support networks

If you would like more information follow the links above for each of the levels or contact us and we will be pleased to help.

** Please note that Science Council professional registration fees of employees are eligible for UK tax relief, under Section 344 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003. Claims need to be made by members individually directly via HMRC

Volunteer

The IST and the Science Council are always keen to encourage registrants to develop and once you are a Registered Scientist or Chartered Scientist you can choose to extend your skills and support others to become registered by becoming an Assessor and/or a Registrant Champion.

If you wish to volunteer to help: