The Science Council is the central organisation that brings together professional bodies across the science sector. Set by the Science Council, CPD plays a significant role in achieving and maintaining Chartered Scientists status. Chartered Scientists must demonstrate two years CPD activity prior to application. Having gained the award, Chartered Scientists must engage in ongoing CPD in order to retain Chartered status.
The Science Council defines CPD as the means by which a scientist will maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge & skills, and develop the personal qualities required in their working lives. The Science Council explains that CPD requirements in the science sector are intended to encourage good practice and ensure, that learning is both planned and reflected upon.
All Chartered Scientists must confirm that they remain professionally active and competent in their role, and be able to support this with evidence of CPD. The Science Council state that a Chartered Scientist must:
- Maintain continuous, up-to-date and accurate records of CPD activities
- Demonstrate that CPD activities are a mixture of learning relevant to current or future practice
- Seek to ensure that CPD has benefited the quality of their practice
- Seek to ensure that CPD has benefited the users of their work
- Present a written profile containing evidence of CPD on request