In accordance with our Royal Charter, the IMarEST is able to award suitably qualified and experienced applicants the title of Chartered Marine Scientist (Oceanography) and with this the right to use the post nominals CMarSci(Oceanography).
Who can apply?
Applicants must be a Member or Fellow of the IMarEST but applications for membership and registration can be made at the same time.
As an individual wishing to pursue registration as CMarSci(Oceanography), you will be a professional person with the appropriate academic qualifications and technical expertise to conduct one, or more, of the following activities:
- To observe, measure or model the physical, chemical, geological and/or biological components of the ocean
- To produce and interpret ocean information
- To utilitse ocean information for the planning and efficient administration of the ocean and its resources or for broader societal and economic application
- To conduct research and development activities in oceanography
- To undertake policy or teaching activities in oceanography
- To represent ocean science in wider earth system science
What are the benefits?
The CMarSci(Oceanography) designation has many benefits for individuals, employers and the public as a whole. Globally, there is a growth in oceanographic activities particularly related to operational oceanography. Alongside an ever-increasing focus on understanding global climate change and the role of the oceans, an acceleration in the use of the oceans and exploitation of ocean resources, there is an increasing need to ensure that there is public confidence in the work of oceanographers and of oceanography as a science.
Individuals who aspire to be recognised as professional oceanographers (CMarSci(Oceanography)) require independent assessment of their competence and commitment, and this standard provides the means to achieve that. CMarSci(Oceanography) registration provides employers with additional assurance of the quality of their workforce. It is of benefit to:
- Society, which will be more confident in the competence of an individual and need no longer be confused by a platform of letters and descriptions.
- Individual practitioners, by identification as a professional that sets them at the forefront of their profession and offers a passport to mobility.
- Employers, with confirmation, through the designation, of the quality of a job applicant.
- Government departments, seeking to appoint advisers or consultants would have an assurance about the level of an individual’s expertise.
- Professional bodies, with provision through the new designation of additional opportunities to benchmark their qualifications.
- Higher education, which will be better able to set and monitor benchmarks for their courses, and to promote programmes of study to meet the high standards required of CMarSci(Oceanography).
- Regulatory Authorities, who could be confident in specifying the designation in legislation and regulations.
- Legal credibility, enabling expert witness participation at a defined standard.
- Professional standing, recognising equality of excellence across the oceanographic profession.
What are the requirements?
CMarSci(Oceanography) is open to everyone, who can demonstrate the required high-level knowledge, understanding and professional competence. The exemplifying educational standard is a Master’s level qualification in an approved subject. There are many routes that can be measured to meet this standard, including a combination of academic awards, vocational qualifications and experiential learning through work. Competence includes the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin performance.
For more information, we encourage you to download the pdf CMarSci(Oceanography) Standards (347 KB) .
CMarSci(Oceanography) registrants are required to maintain their professional competence, working within professional codes of conduct and participate actively within their profession. There is also a requirement for continuing professional development (CPD).
How to apply
If you think you meet the criteria for CMarSci(Oceanography) registration complete an online application or download a form below.
Your application will need to consist of:
- A completed application form signed by your referee
- Your CV
- A professional development report (refer to the guidance below)
- Photocopies of your academic certificates
- Registration fee