The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

How to become a Chartered Scientist

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BASES has gained Licensed Body status with the Science Council, meaning that BASES accredited members will be eligible to become Char tered Scientists.

Kate Mills, BASES Education Officer, explains how BASES members can apply.

BASES accreditation and Chartered Scientist status

BASES has provided an accreditation scheme for many years now.The scheme is concerned with setting, maintaining and enhancing the professional and ethical standards of its members who are actively involved in sport and exercise science. Members may achieve accreditation as a result of work in applied sport/exercise science support, research or pedagogy. In all cases the process and the judgement of generic knowledge, skills and professional practice will apply although how these are expressed and the ‘client’ group will differ.Those accredited by BASES are entitled to use the term ‘BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist’ while they still fully meet all the relevant accreditation criteria.Whilst the accreditation scheme is well known in the sport and exercise science field, BASES began an application with the Science Council to be awarded Licensed Body status in order to increase the recognition of accredited sport and exercise scientists.

What is Chartered Scientist (CSci)?

CSci represents a single chartered mark for all scientists, recognising high levels of professionalism and competence in science.There are currently around 15,000 Chartered Scientists working in a vast array of settings and across all scientific and related sectors. Being chartered is the mark of professional recognition. Being a Chartered Scientist allows all scientists working at the full professional level to be recognised on an equal footing. It gives an assurance of current competence through annual continuous professional development (CPD) monitoring, and encapsulates the interdisciplinary nature of science in the 21st Century.There are currently 27 professional bodies that are able to offer CSci including the British Psychological Society, the Institute of Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science. During the application process, the Science Council were impressed by BASES and its accreditation scheme.The standards set to gain accreditation were a near-perfect match with their standards.

What are the benefits to BASES members and the sport and exercise science profession?

CSci will give BASES accredited members a wider recognition of the standards achieved and maintained outside of the sport and exercise science area. CSci provides recognition by an external organisation of the standards achieved by BASES accredited members and benchmarks all professional scientists at the same high level no matter which discipline or sector they work in. It also demonstrates professionalism and commitment to CPD.

What are the benefits to the public?

CSci provides a single badge of professionalism that the public can recognise across the science professions. It maintains and increases the public’s trust in scientists through professional standards, codes of conduct and mandatory revalidation.

How do BASES members apply?

The criteria for BASES members to gain Chartered Scientist status is BASES accreditation.There are two routes to gaining Chartered Scientist status. 

1. Via Supervised Experience

2. Via a direct BASES accreditation application.

These are shown in this schematic:

  Schematic of Accreditation and CSci Application Procedures - Updated

Members applying for BASES accreditation will have the option of including Chartered Scientist status as part of their application.

 

“CSci provides recognition by an external organisation of the standards achieved by BASES accredited members and benchmarks all professional scientists at the same high level no matter which discipline or sector they work in.”

 

I’m not BASES accredited but wish to apply for CSci, is this an option?

No.This was explored with the Science Council but it was considered that to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge and experience would have resulted in providing the same information as is required for an accreditation application.

What costs are involved?

Registration for CSci is £35 per year.

Who do I contact if I want further information?

All information for CSci is available on the BASES website. . If you have any further questions please contact education@bases.org.uk

Kate is the BASES Education Officer and is the liaison person between BASES and the Science Council, kmills@bases.org.uk

Comments

“We are extremely pleased that BASES members will now be able to apply for Chartered Scientist status.We regard this as a historic and important moment, as part of the continuing development of BASES and are delighted that the profession has been recognised for the standards achieved.” Prof Ian Campbell, Chair of BASES

“The recognition of our well-established accreditation scheme by the Science Council is good news for accredited members and the sports and exercise science profession in general. Although we are aware of the high standards we expect of BASES accredited sport and exercise scientists, the CSci will provide greater external recognition for these standards, benchmarking these against the standards expected in other science-based professions.” Prof Marie Murphy FBASES

“I’m delighted that BASES has succeeded in gaining Licensed Body status within the Science Council.This is an important and necessary step in safeguarding our profession and in securing external recognition for the quality of our work. Importantly, gaining Licensed Body status validates our Code of Conduct and Accreditation schemes. Becoming Chartered Scientists will allow us as BASES members to be recognised as professional scientists alongside our peers in other (perhaps more established) science disciplines. I look forward to submitting an application.” Prof Andy Jones FBASES