Since 1958 the Society for Applied Spectroscopy has provided spectroscopists all over the world access to career enhancing information via publications like Applied Spectroscopy, short courses, conference symposia, speaker programs, and a robust website. Expertise for these outlets, as well for companies, institutions, and other government and non-government organizations who employ spectroscopists comes from well-trained individuals with a passion for science. SAS strives to enhance the quality of these scientists by providing a professional certification program designed to evaluate the education and professional experience of today’s spectroscopist.


Professional certification means that spectroscopists have demonstrated an appropriate level of education and experience in applying spectroscopic principles in their professional careers. Recognizing the increasing demand and need for certification credentials, SAS is providing the certification program for its members, as well as nonmembers and the public who desire a statement of their professional qualifications.


The professional certification program recognizes spectroscopists who meet a minimum set of standards in education and experience, and who adhere to high ethical standards. The SAS Certification Program serves as a means of identifying well-trained and reliable professionals who meet criteria of competence. Formal certification is an important criterion to be met by spectroscopists, whether they are employed in the private or public sector or in academia. Certification will define the standards, formally identify the profession, and increase the ability of spectroscopists to promote themselves within the profession.


Though certification does not guarantee the competence of individuals to address specific matters, the Society attests that certified members have met minimum education and experience requirement for various certification levels. To assist individuals in promoting their certified status, SAS will maintain a list of certified spectroscopists on it’s website at www.s-a-s.org.







Requirements For Eligibility


Professional Conduct and Ethics

Certified Spectroscopists shall conduct their activities in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and with the highest standards of professional conduct and personal honor. Those who subscribe to the Code of Ethics are eligible for certification, provided they meet minimum education and experience requirements.


Minimum Education Requirements

Candidates must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree in chemistry or a related STEM program that includes the equivalent of at least 30 semester hours of chemistry related science, 9 of which must be in some area of spectroscopy. Grades of B minus or higher are required for courses needed to meet requirements.


Levels of Certification

Spectroscopist in Training  

Associate Spectroscopist


Senior Spectroscopist