The Science Council's registers uphold and recognise high standards of professional practice across the science workforce.
For someone working in science, professional registration proves your competence, ability and integrity. It demonstrates your commitment to keeping your skills and knowledge up to date through continuing professional development (CPD). It is the shortest CV you will ever have to write.
For companies and employers, professional registration provides a framework for your workforce: investing in and rewarding the high standards of your staff at all levels. It helps build trust among your customers for your commitment to quality and professional practice.
Entry standards are based on a combination of: knowledge and understanding; professional competence and commitment to professional ethics; conduct and continuing professional development (CPD). Applicants are assessed on the evidence they provide by a small panel of professional scientists, either through paper-based assessment or face to face.
Registrants, from all registers, are required to be professionally active and those who are no longer using their scientific expertise do not remain on the register.
The Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci) registers were launched in 2012, developed for scientists and technicians with the support of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
The Chartered Scientist award (CSci) was launched in 2004, providing a single chartered mark across science for the first time. Since its launch, 17,500 scientists from 29 Licensed Bodies have benefited from CSci recognition with around 12,500 currently professionally active.
The Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) register followed in 2006 through a close collaboration with the Association for Science Education, recognising professional excellence in science teaching and learning. The register is now available through the Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology alongside ASE, ensuring the availability of the award across schools, colleges and higher education institutions.
Registrants are awarded and retain their professional status through their professional membership body, which is licensed by the Science Council. Membership of a professional body gives you access to support and advice on many aspects of your work, including monitoring your CPD, training and events and expertise on your chosen discipline.
If you are not already a member of a professional body licensed by the Science Council, we can help find the right one for you.
Professional bodies licensed to award RSci & RSciTech:
Professional registration competences framework (PDF, 122KB)