CPD and Chartered Scientists (CSci)

CPD is a key element to achieving and maintaining chartered status. Chartered Scientists must demonstrate two years’ CPD activity prior to application. Having gained the award, Chartered Scientists must engage in ongoing CPD in order to remain on the register

The Science Council has agreed the following definition of CPD:

‘CPD is the means by which professionals maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge and skills and develop the personal qualities required in their working lives’.

It is likely that all professional scientists are already undertaking CPD in their daily working lives. The CPD requirements for CSci are intended to encourage good CPD practice among Registrants, ensuring that they both plan their activity and reflect on the learning outcomes, and at the same time assuring their employers, the users of their service and the wider public of their current competence.

CSci CPD Standards

The full CPD standards set out the requirements that Registrants must meet to revalidate their award annually. The standards have been designed to reflect the breadth of disciplines and sectors in which Chartered Scientists practice.

Registrants must:

  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;
  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;
  5. Present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD on request.

The CSci CPD standards are based strongly on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards, but have been interpreted to reflect the wider landscape across which Chartered Scientists practice.

Learning activities

Registrants’ CPD should be a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice and should include activities in at least three (exceptionally two) of the following categories:

  • Work based learning (e.g. supervising staff/students, reflective practice)
  • Professional activity (e.g. involvement in a professional body, mentoring)
  • Formal / Educational (e.g. writing articles/papers, further education)
  • Self-directed learning (e.g. reading journals, reviewing books / articles)
  • Other (e.g. voluntary work, public service)

CPD returns from Registrants will be monitored annually and a sample will be chosen at random for audit.

Retired members

Many Registrants that are retired from full-time employment are unsure whether they can remain on the Register as ‘active’ Chartered Scientists. All Registrants who remain professionally active after retirement are likely to have to participate in CPD activity in order to carry out their professional duties.

Career breaks and CPD

Chartered Scientists must revalidate each year if they wish to remain on the Register. The CPD standards have been designed such that Registrants that are unemployed will still be able to engage with them; however it is acknowledged that there are times in a professional’s career that they will not be actively participating in CPD. In such cases, Registrants may take a career break for a period of no more than 3 years, during which they will not be required to revalidate.

Not a Chartered Scientist? For more information on the application process, visit our Chartered Scientist section.