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CHARTERED SCIENTIST (CSci) STATUS THROUGH THE ACB

The award of Chartered Scientist is a prestigious status bestowed by the Science Council though Licensed Bodies. The ACB was granted Licensed Body status in March 2006. Members of licensed bodies and their affiliates who meet distinct criteria laid down by the Science Council (www.sciencecouncil.org) may apply for this status. The award of Chartered Scientist allows the successful applicants to append the term CSci after their name and sets the individual practitioner at a high level of their profession sending a clear signal to future employers, colleagues and the public as a whole about the quality of the practitioner’s scientific knowledge, application and professionalism. It does not substitute for registration which Members in the healthcare professions require to be able to work, but may provide a commonly understood and accepted signal to the public, since there is no qualification that can be used for being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC).

The regulations and assessment procedure involve establishing objective criteria set by the Science Council and interpreted by the Association to suit ACB Members. Joint applications to join the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and for Chartered Scientist status would be dealt with concurrently but independently. However, Chartered Scientist status through this licensed body is dependent upon acceptance and continuation as a member of the ACB. Chartered Scientist applications are reviewed and ratified by a team under the Director of Education, Training & Workforce Committee.

Basic Criteria for Eligibility

All new applications for CSci status must meet these criteria.
  • Be an active and fully paid up Member of the Association.
  • Be in one of the following qualifying categories of membership - Ordinary, Overseas or Retired. Federation, Student and Corporate Members are not eligible to apply for CSci. Members in the “Retired category” who frequently continue working in some form or other but must be in a position to maintain the required level of CPD to qualify.
  • Hold a Masters or equivalent or higher Degree with a minimum of 4 years’experience thereafter.
  • For Clinical Scientists, you must
    – EITHER have held an MSc and have been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) each for a minimum of 2 years
    – OR without an MSc or equivalent you must be registered with the HCPC each with a minimum of 2 years.
  • For Biomedical Scientists, you must have held a Masters degree for at least 4 years irrespective of when you registered with HCPC.
  • For Medically qualified Members, you must have achieved an MSc, MD, PhD, DipRCPath or FRCPath for a minimum of 4 years.
  • For workers in other professions not covered by the HCPC or GMC, you must provide other evidence to meet the criterion of 4 years post Masters Level.
  • Comply with the CPD requirements of the profession.
  • Comply with the ACB Code of Conduct.
  • Apply appropriate work ethics in all they undertake.

Fees

The Science Council require an annual payment for registration while the Licensed Body has to cover additional administration costs since it is responsible for processing and validating applications and registration. The total fees listed below must be paid by cheque for the initial application unless a direct debit already exists. Renewal fees must then be paid by direct debit with, and on top of, the normal ACB subscription fees from the following January and onwards.

Initial application £45

which will cover assessment and registration fees through to December of the initial registration year. However, Members becoming registered for CSci between October and December in any year will have registration until December of the following year before requiring renewal.

Annual renewal thereafter £35

which will cover registration for the period January to December of each subsequent year.

For convenience, applicants from non-sterling countries may pay fees and membership by credit card but a £3 supplementary administration fee will be made on each occasion.

ACB Members awarded CSci registration

Mr M Redpath - Wansbeck General Hospital - Trent Northern & Yorkshire - May 2016
Mr J W Persaud - Royal Free Hospital - Southern - April 2016
Miss S J Albon - UCL Institute of Child Health - Southern - April 2016
Ms F M Carragher - NHS England - Southern - January 2016

Chartered Scientist Details and Application Forms can be downloaded here:

 

pdf Image Download Full details of CSci from the Science Council (30 KB)

pdf Image Download CSci Application Form (Full) (217 KB)

pdf Image Download CSci Application Form (for people with HCPC registration) (122 KB)

pdf Image Download CSci Guidelines (217 KB)

pdf Image Download CPD Guidance (124 KB)

pdf Image Csci-standards

 

Updated 21 July 2016

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