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Why become a Chartered Scientist?

Posted by on July 9, 2012

Natasha Neill, from the Society of Biology, launches Chartered Scientist and Chartered Biologist statusesThe Society of Biology has recently been awarded the 27th licence to offer Chartered Scientist by the Science Council, in addition to our current Chartered Biologist Status. Although for a lot of our members bioscience is their main interest, their work often crosses into other areas of science, and Chartered Scientist status will benefit their recognition in pan-science roles.

Professionally recognising those who work in the life sciences at a high level, Chartered Status helps public confidence in professionals and gives employers confidence in their employees. Chartered Status is open to Members (MSB) and Fellows (FSB) of the Society of Biology with a Masters level qualification or equivalent, who can also demonstrate the required professional competences and a commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The world in which all professionals practice is changing, and the biosciences are no exception. Professionalism is continually strived for but encompasses much more than just a job specification. Chartered Scientist status (designated by the post-nominal letters CSci) provides a benchmark for scientists working in scientific roles. We are one of several bodies that can award the title Chartered Scientist under license from the Science Council, recognised as a hallmark of excellence in both the UK and the European Union.

Chartered Biologist is offered free to all MSB and FSB Society members and Chartered Scientist is offered under license from the Science Council for an annual fee of £30. Keeping your Chartered Status is maintained through our CPD programme, demonstrating the credibility and distinction of our Chartered Scientists and Biologists.

We have just launched two new registers for those in the earlier stages of their career: Registered Science Technician and Registered Scientist. If you’re interested please visit our website or get in touch!

Natasha Neill, Qualifications & Skills Officer, Society of Biology

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