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

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.

If you are unsure if your degree is accredited please email [email protected]

Application form and guidelines
All applications are submitted and assessed online. This system allows data to be saved and returned to at a later date.

For the application, you will need to answer a number of competences and provide evidence of your Initial professional development, evidence of your responsible experience as well as evidencing your continued professional development. You can find the full application guidance for Chartered Physicist here.

When you feel you are ready to apply, follow this link CPhys online application form. If you are already an IOP member then you will need to use your IOP login details. If you are not yet a member of the IOP you will need to go through the Member or Fellow application process first. Once this has been completed you will be able to progress with your CPhys application.

Guidance on supporters
For all levels of registration, you are required to provide two supporters. These supporters must be able to verify the information in your application. Sometimes it may be necessary to provide the details of a third supporter however this is optional. While it is preferable if your supporter is themselves professionally registered it is not mandatory.

Areas to consider when choosing your supporters:

First supporter:  this must be someone who knows you or has known you professionally, working at a senior level to you and with direct knowledge of your role and responsibilities.  This could be fulfilled by your current line manager, employer, head of department or faculty, head teacher or training scheme mentor.

Second supporter: a supporter who knows or has known you professionally at a relevant point in your career. 

Optional third supporter: a third supporter may be necessary if your application covers periods spent at several different organisations or you undertake consultancy work.

Please ensure that between them, your supporters are willing and able to verify your experience. They should be contactable by email for several months after you submit your application. Supporters will be sent links to the form they need to complete online via a generic IOP email address. Please ask your supporters to provide an email address that doesn’t have a high firewall as this can delay your application.

Contact the Membership Team
Please email [email protected] or call 020 7470 4800 for further information.