"Applying for RSci/CSci is a qualification, a benchmark, that offers a competitive edge and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to a high quality of work."

Gavyn Rollinson CSci

Background

I completed a BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Hull in Physical Geography, and then an MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. Following this, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Exeter (CSM) on a contaminated mine waste project which involved field and lab work. This experience led me to pursue and complete a PhD in Physical Geography at the University of Hull, which contained a large component of lab work. I then returned to the University of Exeter (CSM) as a research assistant working in a lab environment. Over the course of 10 years I was promoted from Experimental Officer to Facility Manager.

Why I applied to be a Chartered Scientist (CSci)

Applying for CSci was the next logical step in my career and was encouraged by a colleague. Initially, I was undecided about the benefit; however it has provided me with a route of professional recognition, given me a mark of professional quality and offered personal satisfaction.

Benefits of Professional Registration

The CSci provides a visible measure of professional development that demonstrates continued commitment to operate at a high level. For the institution, it demonstrates that it can attract and develop staff of a high calibre, who are able to mentor and contribute to the development of other staff, thereby raising the profile of the institution.

CPD and how I keep up to date

Applying for RSci/CSci is a qualification, a benchmark, that offers a competitive edge and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to a high quality of work. It highlights the abilities that technical staff have, which might not be obvious and provides a measure of pride. It is an ongoing commitment that requires continuous planning and development but the reward is personal satisfaction and career development that is recognised in many companies and organisations.

Recommendations

I gained my CSci through ongoing qualifications and experience, over a period of 15 years. The CPD is ongoing and an annual record of activities must be submitted that meet certain criteria. In my case, I must satisfy 3 out of 5 criteria. My work is assessed and must be passed by the CPD panel. Criteria include; Work based learning, Professional activity, Formal / Educational, Self-directed learning and Other (voluntary work, public service). For each of the criteria I complete, I must demonstrate how each has contributed to the quality of my professional practice and service delivery, and how each has benefitted the users of my work. I also must produce evidence of my activities, such as certificates of courses attended, publications or other documents. New achievements are required every year and therefore my commitment to learn new skills and stay current in my field of expertise is ongoing.