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What is Chartered Science Teacher status?

Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) status recognises the unique combination of skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise that is required by individuals involved in the specific practice and advancement of science teaching and learning. CSciTeach status is recognised as a hallmark of excellence in the UK - it engenders public confidence in professionals and gives employers confidence in their employees. The Royal Society of Biology is one of several bodies that can award the CSciTeach title under license from the Science Council.

Am I eligible to apply for CSciTeach status?

CSciTeach applicants must be active in science teaching and learning in the UK or overseas. This includes teachers in all state and independent schools, colleges and universities and those working in other settings (e.g. science centres and museums) as well as advisers, inspectors, consultants and researchers. CSciTeach is open to members (MRSB) and Fellows (FRSB) of the RSB with a Masters level qualification or equivalent, who can demonstrate the required professional competences and a commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

How do I apply for CSciTeach status?

To apply online, log in to mySociety and click on the myRegisters tab. Select Chartered Science Teacher to start your online application. As applications for CSciTeach status are assessed externally, it is crucial that your application illustrates how you achieve each of the competencies.

Fast track CSciTeach applications for Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

We are currently piloting a fast track route to CSciTeach status for members and Fellows of the RSB that hold Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Applicants via this route should apply online via mySociety and upload a copy of their SFHEA application and their awarded certificate.

If there is insufficient evidence within your SFHEA application to show how you meet all 12 CSciTeach competencies, or the application lacks evidence of biology specific teaching practice, you must provide additional information. You can either provide extra information in a covering letter, or by annotating your SFHEA application. Annotations should highlight evidence within your SFHEA application form that relates to the CSciTeach competencies.

Is there a fee?

CSciTeach is offered under license from the Science Council for an annual fee of £30 for all MRSB and FRSB level members of the Royal Society of Biology.

How do I maintain CSciTeach status?

Retention of Chartered Science Teacher status is maintained through our CPD programme which demonstrates the credibility and distinction of our Chartered Scientists. Continued Chartered status depends on successfully completing a RSB annual CPD return.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you would like to receive more information about our CPD scheme or gaining Chartered Science Teacher status please email csciteach@rsb.org.uk

If you would like more information about becoming a member, please call 01233 504 804.

The Royal Society of Biology is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in the life sciences, and supports diversity throughout the pipeline; at school and higher education, in the workplace and training.

Guidance Documents

Chartered Science Teacher Guidance

Chartered Science Teacher Mock Competencies for Secondary Educators

Chartered Science Teacher Mock Competencies for University Educators