Every applicant must have a combination of training and/or professional experience before they are eligible to apply for Chartered Geographer status.
Applications must meet the following criteria before Chartered Geographer (CGeog) status can be awarded:
A minimum of six years full time professional experience in using geographical knowledge, skills and understanding in the workplace since graduation must be demonstrated
- You must be a Fellow of the RGS-IBG. Fellowship can be applied for at the same time as chartered status and the £30 Fellow administration fee will be waived
You must hold an honours degree or BEd in Geography or a related subject or have 15 years of geographical experience
You must clearly demonstrate that you are undertaking a range of geographical continuing professional development (CPD) activities and commitment to future CPD, for example; conference attendance, training courses, published work
The requirements for validation must be specifically addressed, and you should justify in the professional self-evaluation why you want to become a CGeog and what you have to offer (please see assessment panel guidance for more specific criteria)
Four post nominals have also been approved for usage recognising some of the different sub disciplines within geography: CGeog (Econ); CGeog (Geomorph); CGeog (GIS); CGeog (Teacher). The application process for all CGeog post-nominals is exactly the same but you must state from the outset which post-nominal you would like, as you will be assessed accordingly. If you are thinking of applying for CGeog (Teacher) please see the separate pages.
Further guidance on the requirements:
If you are not sure about your eligibility please contact the Professional Officer attaching a copy of your CV.
Framework of competencies
The Society has developed a framework of competencies to assist those looking to apply for Chartered Geographer status, in line with other equivalent professional accreditations. It is intended to assist individuals understand both how geographical knowledge, skills and understanding are applied in the workplace, and the range of evidence to include in applications. Some organisations may also want to use the framework within internal development structures.
This framework has been developed through consultation with representatives from a number of organisations, initially with the consultancy firm Atkins.
Maintaining chartered status
Once Chartered Geographer status has been awarded it is renewed annually, subject to the following requirements:
- Continuing professional development (CPD) must be maintained: a suitable CPD log of 35 hours (20 external and 15 internal) has to be submitted every year
- Annual fee of £20 for CGeog and an annual fee for Fellowship of the Society must be paid
If you do not renew your subscription and submit a suitable CPD record then your Chartered Geographer status will be withdrawn.