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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.

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.

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
 Institute of Physics 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

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 Professional Standards Team
Please email cpd@iop.org or call 020 7470 4800 for further information.