IOP Institute of Physics

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Why get a professional designation?

The world is becoming increasingly competitive, and a job for life is a thing of the past.

The professional designations offered through the IOP are a mark of commitment and professionalism – and are rapidly becoming vital prerequisites for continued employability.

Employers value workers with professional designations for good business reasons: they provide sound advice and professional judgment, based on up-to-date skills, and are cost-effective, outcome-orientated, take a holistic approach and are sensitive to all agendas. To an employer, it means an assurance of quality, accountability and superior value for money.

We’ve been granted a licence to award RSci and RSciTech designations, enabling us acknowledge apprentices and technicians as full members of the physics community – and allow them to gain formal recognition as professionals in their fields.

We’ve strengthened the standard for Chartered Physicist and made it a valuable mark of excellence. Chartered Physicists agree to be bound by a code of conduct that reflects best practice. The Code requires our members not only to show a high level of professionalism, but also to continually advance their competence through continuing professional development.

We also offer Chartered Engineer to multidisciplinary members.

The title Chartered Physicist is exclusive to the Institute of Physics. Chartered Engineer is maintained by the Engineering Council UK.

Chartered status stands for the highest standards of professionalism, up-to-date expertise, quality and safety, and for capacity to exercise leadership and undertake independent practice. As well as competence, the title denotes commitment to keep pace with advancing knowledge and with the increasing expectations and requirements for which any profession must take responsibility.

Apply for CPhys/CEng online today through our application portal.

Or apply for RSci/RSciTech online via the Science Council.