Chartered Physicist (CPhys)

The title Chartered Physicist is exclusive to the Institute of Physics.  It is the aspiration of members engaged at the leading edge of all fields of physics and its applications.

It represents the highest standards of professionalism, up-to-date expertise, quality and safety, and for capacity to undertake independent practice and exercise leadership. 

As well as competence, the title denotes commitment to keep pace with advancing knowledge and with the increasing expectations society has of professionals. 

For this reason, anyone who gains Chartered Physicist from 2012 onwards has to revalidate their right to remain a CPhys every three years by submitting an up to date CV and CPD record.

Navigate to the information you require below:

  1. What are the requirements for CPhys?
  2. Application form and guidelines.
  3. Guidance on supporters.
  4. Professional standards procedures
  5. Contact the Professional Development Team.
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

 What are the requirements for CPhys?
CPhys represents the highest standards of professionalism, up to date expertise, quality and safety, and holders have demonstrated the capacity to undertake independent practice and exercise leadership. Chartered physicists have attained an integrated masters degree in physics (or demonstrated equivalent levels of underpinning knowledge), acquired a breadth of physics related competence and have exercised significant levels of responsibility for a sustained period of time. The title also denotes commitment to keep pace with advancing knowledge and with the increasing expectations and requirements for which any profession must take responsibility.

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 Application form and guidelines
The Institute requires all CPhys candidates to use this application form which includes a Professional Review Report template and MPhys equivalence template (where applicable). The online application form allows data to be saved and returned to at a later date.

CPhys online application form

CPhys application guidance notes (PDF, 900 KB)

If you would like a paper application form please contact CPhys@iop.org. Please be aware that paper applications will take significantly longer to process.

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 Guidance on supporters
It is mandatory that at least one supporter must be a Chartered Physicist. This document gives guidance on choosing your supporters (Word, 158 KB).

All applicants are advised to search amongst their network of contacts and/or to attend local Group and Branch meetings in order to nurture suitable relationships. You could also find yourself a mentor, who, over time, may get to know you well enough to be able to provide support - we provide a mentor/mentee matching service to help with this. If you genuinely can not locate a Chartered Physicist in your network the Professional Development team can nominate a supporter for you. However, this option is always closely scrutinised and queried by the assessing panel.

One supporter must be from an organisation other than your own. This is to ensure independence of opinion. You must not be related to either of your supporters.

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 Professional standards procedures
Click here to access the procedures for the professional standards activities. These include interview proformas and guidance for interviewers and panel members.

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 Contact the Professional Development Team
Please e-mail cpd@iop.org or call 020 7470 4800 for further guidance or to talk to somebody about getting chartered.

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 Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 35 KB)

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