Our application guidance and FAQs will help anyone thinking about making an application.
If you have any questions not covered by the questions below or the application forms and templates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you apply geographical skills, knowledge and understanding to your work then you may be eligible for Chartered Geographer.
If you have an undergraduate geography degree, you can apply when you have six years of professional work experience (which may include postgraduate study). If you do not have an undergraduate geography degree, other pathways to CGeog accreditation are available – most applicants in this situation need at least 10 years of professional experience, at the discretion of the assessment panel. Find out more about the requirements for accreditation.
You can apply as soon as you meet the eligibility requirements. Applications can be submitted all year round at any time.
If you are not already a Fellow of the Society when you apply for Chartered Geographer, you must be proposed at the point of application. If you don’t know a Fellow of the Society to propose you, a member of the Society’s Professional and Policy team can do this as part of your CGeog application process. Please contact email@example.com for advice.
Get to know the Chartered Geographer Framework of Competencies. It will guide you in planning and recording your professional development and identifying suitable CPD opportunities. Understanding how it is complementary to an internal competency framework or career progression is useful. The CGeog Framework of Competencies also gives you the language to describe your expertise and experience to colleagues and line managers.
Be reflective and plan ahead. Which areas of the Framework do you need to focus on to develop your knowledge or expertise? Practising reflective evaluation will help you to write your Professional Self-Evaluation for your application.
Keep your CV up to date. Make sure to note key responsibilities, achievements, projects and clients that may help you make the case for Chartered Geographer. You will need a long-form CV as part of your application.
Keep your CPD record up to date. We advise you to use the RGS-IBG template (which the assessors prefer when you make your application) or a similar format – you will need a CPD record covering at least three years for your application. Keep the CGeog Framework of Competencies in mind when you record and review your CPD – are you developing the areas you will need to evidence later?
When you start to complete the application documents, you will draw upon all of these documents in detail.
Applications for Chartered Geographer are written by the applicant using the forms, templates and guidance provided by the Society.
The Professional Officer for Chartered Geographer provides support for applicants and coordinates the application process. They will check your application is complete before it is submitted for review. They can also provide impartial and free advice and feedback on applications before submission, and you are encouraged to ask questions or discuss challenges you are facing in completing your application. They are independent of the assessment process.
For free and impartial advice about making an application for Chartered Geographer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
The Society can also help arrange mentoring and peer support for geographers who are firmly committed to making an application for Chartered Geographer, subject to certain eligibility requirements. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Chartered Geographer uses a robust two-stage expert peer-review process – read more about this process. 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.
Chartered Geographers may adopt a specialist post-nominal if they wish to indicate specialist expertise in a sector or sub-discipline – it is not mandatory to adopt one. The current post-nominals are: GIS or GI (for geographic information specialists), Geomorph (for geomorphologists), Econ (for economic geographers), and Teacher (for teachers).
If you choose to adopt a post-nominal, your application will be assessed by experts in your field. Your application will be expected to show how you have established a depth of knowledge and expertise in this field. It is possible to adopt or change a post-nominal after acceptance as a Chartered Geographer if your career path reflects this.
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.
The PSE should be very different from your CV. It should provide highlights and more information about impact, cross-referencing to your CV and CPD record. Your CV and CPD record are factual records of your career progression and professional development, your PSE should be more reflective. Download our template for preparing your Professional Self-Evaluation, which contains additional guidance.
The word count of 1,000 is a requirement of submitting your Professional Self-Evaluation. Please ensure this is adhered to. There is no word count on any of the other application documents. When writing your PSE we strongly recommend that you make clear cross-references to your long-form CV and CPD record (which have no word count) rather than duplicating information in detail.
The extended curriculum vitae (CV) should contain everything a normal CV would, but it is not constrained in terms of length. It should include all dates of education, start and end dates and responsibilities for roles and projects when employed - to clearly demonstrate your career progression and progression of responsibilities.
The CV should be tailored specifically for an application for CGeog, outlining the geographical aspects of all education and relevant positions. The following information should be included to do this: details about education and qualifications (including thesis titles, names of course providers); employment details; relevant memberships; relevant experience; projects worked on and any publication details.
Details of degree content should be included even if your degree is not in geography.
We strongly advise you use our CPD template. This provides space to record internal and external CPD in line with our requirements, and space to reflect upon CPD completed and plan for the year ahead. We expect you to have completed a range of activities and justify your reasons for doing so.
The template categories reflect the wide range of CPD that geographers undertake, but we recognise that development activities are varied. If you have an activity that you think isn’t covered please ask firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
No, anyone who can speak in detail to your geographical knowledge skills and understanding, and your professional expertise and capability, can be a referee. Assessors strongly recommend that this includes one person internal to your organisation and one external (if this is difficult, please contact email@example.com for advice).
Current or previous clients, team leaders and line managers are all acceptable. We strongly recommend you share and discuss your application materials with your referees and provide them with the Chartered Geographer Reference pro forma.
You may like to include some (brief) examples of your work, which you feel strengthen your application and are relevant. For example, articles, publications or maps. These should be submitted electronically. Please consider the length of the supporting documents you provide, being respectful of the time the assessors have to review documents. Short passages of publications will suffice.
You should consider whether it is appropriate to provide certain supporting documents - submitting commercially produced reports for private clients may constitute a breach of privacy and will not be assessed, unless you can provide evidence that the client has given permission for these to be included.
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