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Competency Requirements for CGeol & CSci

In order to be validated as a Chartered Geologist or Chartered Scientist, applicants must demonstrate how they meet the following competencies. Criteria (i) and (ii) are specific to either CGeol or CSci qualifications, the other five (iii, iv, v, vi, vii) apply equally to both CGeol and CSci.

Chartered Geologist

Chartered Scientist

(i) Understanding of the complexities of geology and of geological processes in space and time in relation to your speciality.

Demonstrate competence in: recognition and determination of basic geological processes in three and four dimensions, diagnosis of geological conditions, fundamentals of the Earth’s history, understanding of geological problems and their interpretation, creation and interpretation of geological maps and cross sections, compilation and testing of ground models.

Evidence may include written reports and outputs. Competence in this area will be explored in depth at interview.

(i) 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.

Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method in the design, development and conduct of scientific projects and provide examples.

Evidence may consist of an explanation of the scientific principles underlying a particular project/problem solution. Competence in this area will be explored in depth at interview.


(ii) Critical evaluation of geoscience information to generate predictive models.

Demonstrate competence in the acquisition, observation and description of geological data, appreciation of the limitations of and conditions under which the data were collected or how they arrived in their present state, and an assessment of certainty/uncertainty.

Written reports are likely to be the most important evidence of competence. At interview you will be tested to assess the extent of your input to the written material.

(ii) Use theoretical and practical methods in the analysis and solution of scientific problems.

Provide examples of the collection, analysis and interpretation of data associated with a problem being investigated.

Evidence here could include written reports, and this area is likely to be explored in depth at the interview.


(iii) Effective communication in writing (a) and orally (b)

a. The Professional Report and other written reports, tested at interview for the extent of our  input, are primary evidence of written communication. Template reports (in which a defined structure and wording are provided by an employer, for repetitive work) are unlikely to provide adequate evidence of competence in written communication.

b. Oral communication is assessed at interview.

(iv) Competence in the management of Health and Safety and Environmental issues, and in the observance of all other statutory obligations applicable to your discipline or area of work.

Principally assessed at interview, although evidence of awareness may come from written reports. You may be asked to provide examples or risk assessments and method statements or other documents that you have prepared as part of your work.

(v) Clear understanding of the meaning and needs of professionalism including a clear understanding of the Code of Conduct and commitment to its implementation.

Demonstrate understanding of the need to behave professionally and ethically in accordance with the Society’s Code of Conduct and fully understand the requirements of the Code.

This is largely assessed at interview.

(vi) Commitment to Continuing Professional Development throughout your professional career.

Demonstrate commitment to developing technical and professional skills for your work.

In addition to providing an existing CPD record, you  might reasonably be asked to describe your CPD targets, and to give examples of specific CPD activities that will enable you to meet these objectives.

(vii) Competence in your area of expertise.

Demonstrate competence in your claimed areas of professional practice, appropriate to you level of seniority.  It is here that the area of geoscience/science where you have competency will be defined.

Competence typically demonstrated by evidence accumulated under the other criteria. If not, Scrutineers will probe this at interview.

To read the full eligibility requirements and criteria for validation as a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist see

Regulation R/FP/2: Criteria and Procedure for Validation as a Chartered Geologist

Regulation R/FP/11: Criteria and Procedure for Validation as a Chartered Scientist