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Chartered Biologist (CBiol)

Chartered Biologist status (designated by the postnominal CBiol) provides a benchmark for bioscientists working in a vast and continually growing array of settings. It engenders public confidence in professionals and gives employers confidence in their employees. We are the only body that can award the title Chartered Biologist, recognised as a hallmark of excellence in both the UK and the European Union.

All those who are committed to biology in academia, industry, education and research are eligible to become a Chartered Biologist. Chartered Status is open to members of the Society of Biology with a Masters level qualification or equivalent, who can also demonstrate the required professional competences and a commitment to CPD.

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme is the mechanism through which Chartered Biologists can annually demonstrate their credibility and distinction to enable retention of your title.

Chartered status demonstrates:

  • The achievement of excellence
  • The attainment of high standards of competence
  • The ability to exercise leadership
  • A high level of personal integrity

Chartered Biologist status is offered free to all MSB and FSB Society members, but we also offer Chartered Scientist status under license from the Science Council, for an annual fee of £30. Chartered Biologist applications are welcomed from Members and Fellows with significant professional experience, or those who have completed two years of Continuing Professional Development at the MSB or FSB level.

Which scheme is best depends on your particular job role, circumstances and personal self-identification as a Biologist or Scientist. The Society also welcomes applications from members wishing to gain both Chartered titles.

If you have already held Chartered Biologist status since 2002, and decide you would also like to gain Chartered Scientist status, please be aware we will assess your application with a much lighter approach, as your current profession award of CBiol illustrates your eligibility for CSci.

Applying for CBiol

To apply to become a CBiol you must be Member (MSB) or Fellow (FSB) of the Society of Biology with a Level 7 qualification or equivalent experience. Log into your account, or register and join as a Society of Biology member first, to apply.

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