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Information for Supporters


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Information for Supporters


All applicants for Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) are required to have one professionally qualified Supporter who has current, first-hand knowledge of the professional standing and chartership competencies of the candidate over the last three years.

It is important for the Supporter to be professionally qualified. For CGeol applicants, Supporters should also be a CGeol, and for CSci the Supporter should hold the CSci title. We will accept other professional qualifications such as CSci, CEng or CEnv, and others from recognised overseas professional bodies, provided that this has been agreed with the Society in advance.

By being professionally qualified, the Supporter should not only validate the applicant’s eligibility to apply but also be able to provide a professional opinion of the applicant’s fulfilment of the Chartership competency criteria.

The Supporter’s guidance is crucial in ensuring the applicant's best chance of success with their application. Supporters are asked to complete an assessment report form in which they comment on the applicant’s experience, knowledge and abilities against the seven CGeol, or five CSci, Chartership competency criteria.

If a Supporter thinks that the applicant is not yet ready for Chartership we expect you will discuss this with them, and we hope you will help them to gain the additional experience or understanding necessary to successfully demonstrate their competencies within their application. This may be directly with the, prior to submitting their application, or if their application is Postponed by the Assessors please work through the feedback with the candidate to help them address the comments provided.

Should an applicant that you have supported be unsuccessful following their interview (and the decision upheld by a Defer Review), it is important that you discuss the notes and advice received from their Assessors. This will help them maximise their chances of success with a further application.

If the Supporter cannot meet the two criteria of being both Chartered and knowing the applicant for a sufficient time, the applicant should select an additional second Supporter so that both criteria are covered. If a Chartered Supporter cannot be identified, please contact the Chartership Office for further advice at chartership@geolsoc.org.uk.

  • Be up to date with the current chartership process – make sure you have read the applicant guidance notes. You could also join one of our chartership zoom events.
  • Support your candidate throughout the whole application and validation process; from start to submission to interview.
  • Make sure your Supporter statement reflects your knowledge of the applicant and their work to demonstrate how they meet the Chartership competency criteria.

Supporters and mentors with CGeol and/or CSci are encouraged to apply to join the panel of Chartership Assessors if they have more than five years of post-Chartership experience, or have a considerable number of years pre-Chartership experience.


Our LinkedIn mentors group has been set up to provide a platform to connect those keen to become a mentor, and candidates looking for advice.

Becoming a mentor, formally or informally, can be a great stepping stone towards becoming a Supporter or an Assessor. Find out more about being a Mentor.


After submitting their application, the candidate will automatically receive the web link to their application and the link to the Supporter statement form. They should forward both of these to you. If you haven’t received the link from the candidate, please use the link below.

Please review the applicant’s submission again before filling out your Supporter statement.

The deadline for submitting your Supporter statement is always two weeks after the Chartership application deadline.

Have any questions about supporting a Chartership application? Send us an email: chartership@geolsoc.org.uk .


Submit your supporter statement here