Applying for Chartered Scientist
IFST 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 practising 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 professional member (ie Fellow or Member) of IFST
b) be able to demonstrate the following abilities
- deal with complex issues, both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate your 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 your knowledge, understanding and competence to a high level
c) normally have at least an MSc in a science/technology subject, OR EQUIVALENCE demonstrated by extended postgraduate experience at appropriate level. There are a number of different routes that can demonstrate the equivalence of a Masters degree.
d) normally have at least 4 years postmasters experience (of which 2 should be at an appropriate postgraduation level)
e) have at least 2 years Continuing Professional Development (CPD) prior to application
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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 experience required to attain Chartered Scientist will depend upon your qualification and is likely to be in the order of:
|PhD in Food Science/Technology
|MSc in Food Science/Technology
|BSc in Food Science/Technology and closely related disciplines
|Other science/technology degrees
|No Formal qualifications
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.
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Full evidence need not be submitted initially, but you should be aware that the IFST Membership Assessment Panel might subsequently request supporting evidence.
Components of supporting evidence:
- CPD Report
- Technical Report
- 2 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.
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Examples of completed CPD reports for Chartered Scientist
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 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.
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Click to download an example of a completed Technical Report Form for Chartered Scientist
References will be required from two senior persons (who should preferably be Chartered) who can corroborate your technical report.
The initial fee is £30. Thereafter, an annual fee of (currently) £30 will be charged in addition to your annual IFST membership subscription.
Reason for issue: Update Issue No: 2
Document ref: mshp\CSci\CSci criteria.doc Issue Date: 20.7.10
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