Graduate Statistician (GradStat) is a grade of professional membership that formally recognises a member’s statistical qualifications for a period of 10 years from the date awarded.
You may be eligible for the Graduate Statistician award if you meet one of the criteria listed below – or for full details, download the notes for guidance (PDF):
The standard route
- You have graduated with an RSS accredited degree, meeting all conditions. See list of accredited degrees
- You have qualified with a non-accredited degree, but you can evidence you meet the RSS GradStat criteria set out further down the page.
The competency route
- You hold a non-accredited level 6 or 7 degree (or equivalent)
- have undertaken sufficient statistical training either as part of RSS Quality Marked courses or course that meet this standard (See standards here)
- have at least two years’ work experience within a statistical role.
- You will be asked a series of competency-based questions as part of your application.
- Able to supply evidence of your continued professional development (CPD) of the past year, totalling 60 hours of learning.
To fulfil the requirements for GradStat:
Graduates must have a good knowledge of
- The frequentist and Bayesian methods for conducting data analyses
- Their logical foundations, including relevant probability theory
- The principles of systematic data collection, management and curation.
They can use this knowledge, together with software and programming skills, to
- Build, assess and refine models appropriate for describing and understanding a wide variety of processes or problems
- Draw appropriate inferences from them
- Effectively communicate both substantive results and the nature of the uncertainty inherent in them, to expert or lay audiences.
They are aware of the implications of their work for the rights of individuals, are trustworthy, maintain the highest ethical standards and work for the public good.
Mid-term assessment (MTA)
All GradStats can apply for a mid-term assessment by completing the MTA application form to tell us about your statistical career to date. We will advise you whether the nature of your work and development appears suitable for progression to CStat, and when you might apply for that status.
It usually takes at least five years to gain enough professional experience, so we recommend an MTA should be carried out two and a half years after you have started your career.
Download the MTA application form (DOC), complete electronically and email it to us.