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Top tips for successful applications

Although standards are high and applications are rejected because the applicants have insufficient levels of experience, many more are rejected because they fail to follow the guidelines or simply have not been prepared. These tips may seem obvious, but they reflect common reasons for rejection.

  • Choose your supporters carefully, and ask their permission first. This part of the process is not a formality.
  • Explicitly address the competences provided on the application form - this is what your application will be evaluated against.
  • Don't make the panel work too hard or expect them to read between the lines - the ability to articulate your experience is part of the process.
  • Stick to the word limits provided: don't test the panel's patience.
  • Focus on the outcomes - YOUR contribution to an activity, what YOU gained from it. Don't make your application sound like a standard job description.
  • Be specific: the panel often have to request further information because applicants generalise - be specific in every detail.
  • Do follow all the instructions and complete every form/section asked of you - failure to do so will not impress the panel and may delay your assessment. Use the flowchart at the beginning of the form to see what you need to complete.
  • Do take the CPD section seriously - it should be future focused, tailored to your own needs and those of your business and include measurable outcomes.
  • If you application is deferred or rejected, and you re-apply, make sure you specifically address the feedback given by the panel.
  • Take care with your grammar and spelling and make sure the information you provide is consistent across every form and on your CV.
  • Be aware that the panel will focus on both your technical and your managerial skills to see what level you are working at - the organisational chart is not considered in isolation.
  • Most of all, remember: YOU need to make the case as to why you should be given Chartered Status.

Final thoughts

  • Do ask colleagues who have been through the process for advice, particularly if yours is not a straightforward case (perhaps if you are having trouble finding supporters, or your work is classified).
  • Get yourself a mentor - they can help you to develop your skills and articulate your experience, as well as casting an objective eye over your application. See the Institute's mentor information pages for details of how we can help with this.
  • See our guide on responsible experience (Word, 88 KB) for extra help with your application.

Contacting us
If you need to speak to a member of the Professional Development Team regarding your application, please email or call +44(0)20 7470 4800.

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