Chartered Geographer (CGeog) accreditation recognises your competence, experience and professionalism in the use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills in the workplace.
Chartered Geographer uses a robust two-stage expert peer review assessment panel to review every case. Our assessors check that your application meets the eligibility criteria and that you demonstrate a sufficient level of qualifications, experience and professional achievement to merit the award of Chartered Geographer.
Assessors draw upon the range of evidence you provide in your application, which must include:
Professional self-evaluation (PSE) statement (1,000 word limit)
Extended curriculum vitae (CV), covering at least six years of work experience, or more without a geography degree (use your own template)
Three-year continuing professional development (CPD) log
Two professional references (sent independently to the Society by your referees). Ideally, one reference should be internal to your organisation and another external. However, we acknowledge this may not be possible in all circumstances.
An application for Fellowship (if you are not already a Fellow of the Society)
The professional self-evaluation (PSE) statement is the most important part of your application and the quality of it will be the deciding factor for the assessors. Your CV and CPD record should support and evidence your PSE. Our application and guidance and FAQs provide helpful information about what to include in your application documents, as does the information below on what the assessment panel look for. Your application should reflect the Chartered Geographer Framework of Competencies throughout (you may wish to draw upon our articulations for each competency statement in terms of the types of evidence or experience you could include).
If you think it strengthens your application, you may also choose to include a small number of supporting documents such as a portfolio of work, publications, or other evidence of engagement and impact.
All applications go through a robust two-stage expert peer-review assessment process. Read more about how applications are assessed.
We aim for complete applications to be fully reviewed in 12 weeks. However, this can vary depending on assessor availability and requests for further information. We will keep you informed as your application moves through the assessment process.
Has the case been made for CGeog status? How does your experience and knowledge mean you are qualified for CGeog? Is there explicit evidence to indicate that the value of CGeog as a professional qualification will be understood through interaction with other professionals? Is there an explicit statement as to why you want to become a Chartered Geographer?
Is there sufficient professional context? Does your work demonstrate the application of geographical skills, knowledge and understanding in a professional context? Is the level of experience and professional responsibility demonstrated appropriate, for example, does it extend beyond offering technical support or services under the supervision of other professionals?
Is there enough evidence of professional influence? You could be meeting the basic requirements of your job description well, but may not appear to have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to promoting geography (for example, internally through mentoring, memberships, outreach programmes, and supporting colleagues, or through external activities). Examples of the way successful applicants have made reference to these activities can be found in the professional self-evaluation (PSE) statements and in the guideline requirements.
Is enough information given? For example, details of collaborative work undertaken, topics and audiences for external lectures and publications, and evidence of the quality and success of these activities. What form of engagement has there been with national or local geographically-related organisations, for example RGS-IBG or AGI? Where you have stated that you have given lectures, we should be told dates, subject, organisations, locations, outcomes and so on. (Not all of these activities are expected, these are just examples; the CPD template provides further guidance.)
For those without formal geographical training, is there evidence of, through professional experience, an appreciation of the scope and significance of a geographical perspective beyond the technical requirements of your work? For example, a GIS specialist should be able to evaluate the limitations, as well as the potential, of applying GIS analysis and modelling to complex social or environmental problems. Also, has there been any specifically geographical continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to your work? How do you keep up with current geographically-relevant research, through attendance at courses or conferences, or the use of publications? Do you show clear evidence of involvement with a geographical or geographically-related community?
Applications that do not mention geography or Chartered Geographer are not accepted, and information about travel and hobbies is not appropriate.
We have gathered together further information and guidance for applicants in our FAQs. All applicants should read these before making an application.
A one-off application fee of £100, plus annual Fellowship subscription of the Society.
To maintain their accreditation, Chartered Geographers pay an annual fee of £50 in addition to their Fellowship subscription.
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