Operating organisations

The Chartered Mathematics Teacher designation is incorporated within the Royal Charter of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (‘the Institute’).  It is operated by the Institute’s Chartered Mathematics Teacher Registration Authority.  The Authority is composed of representatives from the following organisations.

ATM   The Association of Teachers of Mathematics
IMA   The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
MA The Mathematical Association
NANAMIC The National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics In Colleges


An applicant for admission to the Register of Chartered Mathematics Teachers must be a member of at least one of the organisations; listed above, and must meet the requirements in the following four areas:


Applicants must have a Masters-level qualification in pedagogy/education, or equivalent.  The QAA competences for taught masters degrees are detailed in Chartered designations: Appendix A.


Applicants must have an honours degree in which there is a minimum of 50% of the course in mathematics, or equivalent (see Equivalent Mathematics Education Requirements below).


Applicants must have at least four years experience of teaching mathematics following Qualified Teacher Status, Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status or equivalent, of which at least two are at an appropriate level of responsibility.

Continuing Professional Development

Applicants must make a commitment to a regular programme of CPD throughout their career.  Applicants would be expected to demonstrate work beyond their own classrooms, and to conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner.

Applicants are expected to be responsible for their own CPD, but a list of some bodies which may be helpful follows:

The operating organisations (see above)
Institute for Learning (IfL)
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
Open University (OU)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET)
Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT)


Equivalent Education Requirements

It is recognised that there are many excellent mathematics teachers worthy of the Chartered Mathematics Teacher designation whose first degree is not in mathematics.  To help such teachers, and provided that all other points listed above are met, demonstration of the following skills and knowledge may allow exemption from the requirement of an honours degree in which there is a minimum of 50% of the course in mathematics.

  • an appreciation of mathematics as a subject with deep intrinsic interest as well as important applications in many fields
  • an appropriate understanding of links between topics within mathematics
  • knowledge of the relevance and application of a wide range of aspects of mathematics to other subjects in the curriculum
  • an appreciation of the nature of the difficulties that students at all levels experience when learning mathematics.


Code of Professional Conduct

In addition to the above, all applicants must agree to abide by the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct for Chartered Mathematics Teachers.

Designatory Letters

All Chartered Mathematics Teachers are entitled to use the title ‘Chartered Mathematics Teacher’ and the designatory letters ‘CMathTeach’ after their degree.

Further Information

A Chartered Mathematics Teacher, providing they are under no liability to the Institute, may resign on giving written notice of their intention to do so.

Any person who has ceased to be a Chartered Mathematics Teacher may apply for re-admission.

Applications for the Chartered Mathematics Teacher designation are considered by the Chartered Mathematics Teacher Registration Authority of the Institute. 

Applications take at least three months to process from receipt by the operating organisation.