Professional Registration for Scientists
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, a Registered Scientist or a Registered Science Technician through the Institute of Water?
Professional Registration – the benefits
Registration is awarded by Licensed Bodies – professional bodies of the Science Council – and recognises scientific knowledge, competence and commitment to high standards of professionalism.
Whether you’ve recently graduated and are considering your next career move, or wish to formally demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired on the job to colleagues and clients, professional registration can give you the competitive edge.
Individual scientists and technicians benefit from a registration that:
- captures what you already know and do – it’s not about having to re-train
- demonstrates that you also maintain the knowledge and competence you’ve developed over several years
- provides recognition for the role you’re in now, as well as a framework to support your future career development
- demonstrates your professionalism to employers, colleagues and clients
- is transferable across sectors, which is also good for your mobility
- makes you part of a broader community of scientists working across a huge range of sectors and disciplines
Which registration is best for me?
Scientific qualifications are of course important, but it is recognised that often the learning and professional development and experiences that someone has gained during their career can outweigh the formal academic achievements. The Science Council has published a toolkit which enables you to enter your education and your experience, and guides you towards the most appropriate level.
In order to start your application, you will need to find a supporter or sponsor, typically your line manager or supervisor; ideally they will hold Registered or Chartered status. We would of course recommend that you also find a mentor to support and guide you through the process. We can help you find a suitable mentor – just call the Institute of Water and we’ll be able to guide you towards someone appropriate.
What competencies do I need to demonstrate?
Each of the registrations has a series of competencies which you will need to demonstrate. For all three, the competencies centre on the ability to use scientific understanding and skills to plan and implement scientific tasks, to work as a team and communicate effectively, including to non-scientific audiences, and to demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards. As you progress from Registered Science Technician to Registered Scientist and on to Chartered Scientist, the expectations and levels of experience required increase.
All three registrations require the submission of evidence – guidance on what is required for each of the three levels can be found on this website. For Registered Science Technician, the evidence will be assessed by an RSciTech assessor from the Institute of Water. For Registered Scientist and Chartered Scientist, candidates will be invited to attend a short Professional Review interview with two Institute of Water assessors, giving an opportunity to discuss your career and your experience in some more detail.
You can find out further information about each of the science registrations and how to apply by clicking their relevant page on the left.
To find out how you can sign up to our mentoring programme and receive guidance throughout your application process from mentors specialising in science click HERE.