As the UK professional body for geoscience, The Geological Society supports Earth scientists at every stage of their career, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for members, and a network of regional and specialist groups. Among other benefits, members also receive a free Society journal, discounts on books and conferences, access to our world-class geological library, online papers, and the monthly magazine Geoscientist.
The Geological Society awards the professional title of Chartered Geologist (GGeol) and is licensed by the Science Council to award the title of Chartered Scientist (CSci). Chartered status demonstrates a high level of knowledge, skills and experience, and chartered geologists are bound by an enforceable code of professional conduct. Chartership is often a requirement to be authorised to sign off official documents or reports, and in many job sectors it is essential for promotion past a certain point.
Chartered Geologists are assessed by a professional in their area of expertise and are required to demonstrate key professional competencies and a number of years of experience.
Geoscientists working towards Chartership record professional activities to show that they are developing and maintaining their skills and knowledge. Mentors are available to guide early career geoscientists through this process of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which continues throughout their careers. The Geological Society provides a reporting system for members to record professional development, so CPD records remain independent of the employer and continue without interruption if a member changes jobs.
The Geological Society works to assure high standards in the profession by offering endorsement for company training schemes and courses, which benefits both geoscientists and employers.