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The Step-By-Step Guide to Your Chartership Application

Back to Step 4: Which Area of Geoscience / Science?

Step 5: Prepare Your Application

Having decided whether you are going to apply for CGeol or CSci (or both), the area of geoscience/science in which you are claiming competency, and selected your Sponsors, it is now time to start preparing your application.

The application you will submit consists of five main parts:

a) Application Form (AD1)

The Application Form consists of personal information, contact details, education record, and employment history. It needs a signature from your employer or line manager, confirming that your details are correct.

b) Professional Report (AD2)

The Professional Report should detail your professional development and focus on the Chartership criteria for the title applied for. It is particularly important that you describe how and when you gained the necessary experience and skills which you claim qualify you to become Chartered. You should refer to the relevant Supporting Documents in order to back up the claims made. It is very important that for each part of the report the relevant person signs off to confirm that what you claim is correct. It is your responsibility to explain what is involved to those who are not familiar with the process.

c) Competency Overview Form (AD3)

Your Competency Overview Form should be completed by addressing each criterion in turn and describing how you fulfil its requirements. Cross referencing to the Professional Report and Supporting Documents should be made where necessary. 

d) CPD Record (AD4)

A record of at least your last year’s CPD activities must be included with your application. Please use the Society’s definitions of the various CPD categories. Your record should illustrate your aims and objectives for your professional development each year by using the Plan-Act-Reflect cycle. The record may be produced using the Society’s on-line system although a company scheme record or a narrative one is acceptable. 

e) Two Sponsor’s Report Forms (AD5)

See Step 6: Sponsors' Statements.

f) Supporting Documents (SD 1-6)

You should select no more than six Supporting Documents to include with your application. They should be carefully selected to illustrate your work in the fulfilment of the Chartership Criteria as described in your Professional Report. These Documents should preferably be short and focused on the Chartership Competency criteria, particularly criteria i and ii. These documents do not have to be reports but can also include maps, 3D ground Models, interpreted cross sections, etc.

Non-relevant material, such as appendices, should be removed so that the Scrutineers can clearly and easily see what is being demonstrated and are not faced with large documents to hunt through. A cover note should be attached to each document which points to the material written or done by you and which steers the Scrutineers to the parts where your competencies are demonstrated. Large company reports prepared by a team are not helpful and you need to be able to show what your part was in any project and how this relates to the criteria, perhaps by only submitting selected parts. If your documents are too large with much non-relevant material the Scrutineers may return the Application to you for modification and this in turn may delay your Chartership.

Supporting Documents are not required for applicants with 20+ years’ professional experience.


Applicants with 20+ years’ professional experience have a modified route (see under More Information). EurGeols who are not Fellows of the Society may apply for CGeol using this modified route.

Next - Step 6: Sponsors' Statements