Put Your Geographical Career on the Map

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Do you use geographical knowledge and skills on a daily basis? Would you like a professional accreditation that recognises your work as a geographer? Then the Chartered Geographer scheme--the professional development initiative run by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the only professional accreditation for geographers in the world--could be for you.

Chartered Geographer (CGeog) status was first approved in June 2002 by the Privy Council. Since then, 228 individuals have been awarded chartered status. Twenty per cent of these are based overseas, with an especially strong contingent in Malta and Iceland. The full spectrum of geographical disciplines is represented, from ecology to town planning, and CGeog status is relevant whether you are involved in academic research, school teaching or private-sector consultancy or work in national or local government.

CGeog status demonstrates to employers, clients and the public your competence in applying geographical skills and knowledge in your work and your commitment to maintaining professional standards. However, it can also help you to enhance your portfolio by providing opportunities to network with an international group of fellow accredited professionals. …