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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 to apply for CGeol or CSci (or both), chosen 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 the requirements (no more than two - three sentences for each). 

Cross referencing to the Professional Report and Supporting Documents should be made where necessary. 

d) CPD Record (AD4)

A record of at least your three last years' 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.

More on the Society's CPD Scheme.

e) Two Sponsor’s Report Forms (AD5)

See Step 6: Sponsors' Statements.

f) Supporting Documents (SD 1-6)

It is essential that you take great care in the selection and presentation of your Supporting Documents (SD), of which no more than six are permitted to be included with your application. 

Supporting Documents should be short and must focus on your geoscience/science Chartership competency criteria and should support statements made in your Professional Report. 

These documents do not have to be reports; they can include 

  • maps, 
  • 3D ground Models, 
  • interpreted cross sections, etc.

A cover sheet must be attached to each supporting document which points to the material written or produced by you and which steers the Scrutineers to the parts where your competencies are demonstrated. Non-relevant material, such as appendices, should be removed so that the Scrutineers can clearly and easily see what is being demonstrated. If too many, too long or unfocused documents are submitted, the Scrutineers will return the application and thus your validation may be delayed. 

Individual documents should be converted to PDF's electronically, rather than being scanned and submitted electronically. The completed application documents, including the Supporting Documents should not exceed 50 Megabytes in total.

Please note: 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. 

Company reports are written for the client and so may contain information not relevant to your application and may omit information you have acquired which is relevant. 

20+ years route

Supporting Documents are not required for applicants with 20+ years’ professional experience, although submission of a piece of work may be useful to start the interview discussions, otherwise a short (<10 minute) presentation has been found to serve the same purpose well.

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

Next - Step 6: Sponsors' statements

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If you have a question about applying for validation as a Chartered Geologist or Chartered Scientist, please send us an email.