Chartered Scientist (CSci)

There are thousands of scientists in the water industry, working in a wide variety of roles for water companies, regulators and across the supply chain. If you are one of them, and are interested in gaining recognition for your high levels of professionalism and scientific competence, then why not consider becoming a Chartered Scientist through the Institute of Water?

Why become a Chartered Scientist? 

  • Nationally recognised demonstration of proven capabilities and competence
  • Professional credibility and status
  • Showcasing commitment to a Code of Professional Conduct and the undertaking of continued professional development (CPD).
  • Improved career prospects
  • Employer assurance

Who can become a Chartered Scientist?

Chartered Scientist registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate the competencies required by the Science Council, and who is willing to abide by their Code of Conduct. The competencies sit inside the following headings:

  • Application of knowledge & understanding
  • Personal responsibility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Professional practice
  • Professionalism

Each of these is broken down into specific attributes which all Chartered Scientists are expected to have. Before you consider applying for CSci, you should be familiar with the competencies required. You can view the competencies here.

How to become a Chartered Scientist

Consider the standards required for registration, and discuss these with your employer or with another Chartered Scientist. Please refer to the latest edition of the CSci Standards . These were published in September 2020 and all new applications will be assessed using these Standards.

Once you are ready to apply, please download our Short Guide to CSci application and our CSci application form.

CSci applicants must have EITHER a Level 7 (Master’s degree or higher) qualification within a scientific discipline OR the equivalent learning and achievement. If you do not have any relevant qualifications to include then please ensure you complete the CSci equivalency section of the application form. The Science Council have produced some guidance to help applicants with the completion of this:  CSci Equivalence guidance.

As part of your application you will be asked to produce a copy of your CPD record. Institute of Water members have exclusive access to our online CPD platform to support you in the recording and presenting of this, click here to find out more.

All applicants for registration as a Chartered Scientist must be members of a professional body such as the Institute of Water. Click here to find out more about Institute of Water membership.


  • Professional Review Fee for Chartered Scientist (CSci) £168
  • Initial Registration Fee (covers registration until your next membership renewal date) for Chartered Scientist (CSci) £46.40
  • Annual Renewal Fee for Chartered Scientist (CSci) £46.40

For guidance and advice on professional registration, contact Stuart Craig, Professional Registration Manager, on 0191 422 0088 or

Meet a Chartered Scientist

Angela Dignan – Team Manager (Scientific Services); Scottish Water

I am currently working as a Team Manager within Scientific Services at Scottish Water. I look after a team of scientists who operate our microbiology, chemistry and cryptosporidium sections at the Inverness laboratory. My development journey towards Chartered Scientist has been one the best experiences in my career, it really pushed me to widen my knowledge of the water industry beyond Scientific Services which is a real benefit to my role. Having started as a modern apprentice and going on this journey of professional registration (I gained RSci in 2017) has been invaluable in helping me to progress in my career to where I am now and would definitely recommend!

Recent Registrants

Mike Weeks – Principal Inspector; Drinking Water Inspectorate

Michael Crook – Operations Director; SMS Environmental

Charlotte Robinson – Water Quality Technical Support Engineer; Yorkshire Water

Ewa Esposito – Senior Monitoring Scientist & Deputy Technical Manager; Southern Water

Amy Doswell – Chemistry Team Leader; Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Chris Trotman – Process and Commissioning Scientist; Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Melanie Tankerville – Inspector; Drinking Water Inspectorate