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The Chartered Scientist qualification is awarded to scientists who meet the high standards required and demands a commitment to continuing professional development. It is intended to ensure high and improving standards across all scientific disciplines and reflects best practice in science.
Chartered Scientist status is aimed at those practicing science at the full professional level and at those for whom scientific knowledge or practice at that level form an essential element in the fulfilment of their role.
Chartered Scientist status provides valuable professional recognition among fellow scientists across all disciplines and the wider community. It demonstrates high levels of experience and competence to employers, other professionals, and, ultimately, providing reassurance to the consumer that high standards are being met. It is now a recognised title under the EU Directive 89/48/EC.
- Being chartered is the mark of professional recognition. Being a Chartered Scientist allows all scientists working at the full professional level to be recognised on an equal footing.
- It gives an assurance of current competence through mandatory revalidation, 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.
- All those working in the practice, application, advancement or teaching of science can become CSci with the appropriate combination of qualifications and experience.
- Chartered Scientists work in an ever growing, diversity of settings, from food science to environmental waste management, health psychology to nuclear physics, and mathematical modelling to chemical engineering.
- Applicants must demonstrate various competencies including the ability to deal with complex issues and communicate their conclusions to a range of audiences
- They show originality in problem solving and substantial autonomy in planning and implementing tasks
- Through a commitment to continuing professional development, Chartered Scientists will continue to advance their knowledge, understanding and competence throughout their career.
Requirements for Chartered Scientist
The Institute of Brewing and Distilling is licensed by the Science Council to award Chartered Scientist (CSci) to appropriately qualified members.
The designation Chartered Scientist (CSci) is intended to ensure high and improving standards across all scientific disciplines. It reflects best practice in science and is set at a benchmark level throughout the professions. Chartered Scientist is aimed at those practicing science at the full professional level and at those for whom scientific knowledge or practice at that level form an essential element for the fulfilment of their role.
If accepted as a Chartered Scientist, you will be entitled to the use after your name the initials "CSci", subject to payment of an annual fee. You will be required to revalidate your registration annually by demonstrating that you are still professionally active and that you have engaged in Continuing Professional Development.
Minimum Criteria for Chartered Scientist (CSci)
You must satisfy all the following:
a) Be a member of the IBD (i.e. a Member or Fellow).
b) Be able to demonstrate the following skills through a combination of knowledge and experience;
- Deal with complex scientific issues, both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Exercise self-direction and originality in solving problems, and exercise substantial personal autonomy in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level
- Continue to advance their knowledge, understanding and competence to a high level and demonstrate a commitment to CPD
- Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to Health and Safety and environmental issues related to employment
Click for further information on Chartered Scientist Competencies (external link)
Chartered Scientist is set at the same high level as other chartered titles such as Chartered Mathematician and Chartered Engineer, with the exemplifying educational standard being at Masters level. The IBD will accredit masters programmes for the purposes of CSci. Where a candidate does not hold an accredited masters degree, they may still show equivalence of M-Level learning. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Academic qualifications (including those at Degree Level),
- Accredited prior learning, such as the IBD Master Brewer qualification.
- Portfolios, and
- assessed scientific and technical reports (including published peer-reviewed papers)
Which individually, or in combination, are to M-Level.
Click for guidance on Masters Level Equivalence for Chartered Scientist
d) Experience. Normally have at least 4 years post-masters experience (of which two should be at an appropriate post graduation level).
e) Have at least 2 years Continuing Professional Development (CPD) prior to application
You must hold a minimum of a degree in a science/technology subject.
Original proof of qualification must be provided. Send either a copy of your degree certificate(s) notarised by one of your referees or send an original letter from the awarding body. Please do not send original certificates.
The length of professional experience required to attain Chartered Scientist will depend upon your qualification and is likely to be in the order of:
|Qualification Years of Professional Experience|
|PhD in Brewing / Distilling Science or Technology 2|
|MSc in Brewing / Distilling Science or Technology 4|
|BSc in Brewing / Distilling Science or Technology or closely related disciplines 6|
|Other science/technology degrees 7|
Applying for Chartered Scientist
Portfolio of Evidence for Chartered Scientist
You must provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have gained sufficient experience and shown the necessary competence to be awarded the designation Chartered Scientist. Full evidence need not be submitted initially, but you should be aware that the IBD Awards Committee will subsequently request supporting evidence and this may delay your application.
Components of supporting evidence:
1. CPD Report
3. Technical Report
4. Two references
The CPD report should detail relevant learning (either formal or private) in the last two years. Where possible, the report should demonstrate the relevance of learning experience to a particular project at work or a general career aspiration.
1. Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities;
2. Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice (see learning activities below);
3. Seek to ensure that their CPD has benefited the quality of their practice;
4. Seek to ensure that their CPD has benefited the users of their work (employee, customer, student etc);
5. Present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD on request.
See below to download a template "CPD Report" form
The CV needs to be extended and should include professional as well as vocational development. It should include any relevant qualifications gained commencing with the first degree.
The Technical Report should concentrate on the last two years unless it is thought that earlier linked career development is relevant. This should demonstrate that you have achieved the Chartered Scientist Competences as described in criteria "b" (above). It should give examples of how CPD (inputs) have resulted in benefit (outputs) to you, your profession and/or your vocation. Approximately 500 words are suggested as a guide to length.
See below to download a template Technical Report Form for Chartered Scientist
See below to download an example of a completed Technical Report Form for Chartered Scientist
References will be required from two senior persons (who should both preferably be chartered) who can corroborate your technical report.
The initial fee is £35. Thereafter, an annual fee (2012) of £35 will be charged in addition to your IBD membership subscription, which becomes due upon your annual CSci revalidation.