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?

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. Read through the CSci Short Guide, the Science Council’s report tips, the CSci – Report Guidance and once you are ready to apply, the process is simple, please complete the application form.

All candidates 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.

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.


  • Professional Review Fee for Chartered Scientist (CSci) £168
  • Initial Registration Fee (covers registration until your next membership renewal date) for Chartered Scientist (CSci) £45
  • Annual Renewal Fee for Chartered Scientist (CSci) £45


For guidance and advice on professional registration, contact Sarah Dunn, Professional Registration Coordinator, on 0191 422 0088 or