In 2007/8 I became a Chartered Geographer (Teacher)
I was pleased to have some 'recognition' for the work I had done in the subject community, by submitting a CPD log to the Royal Geographical Society (which extended an existing scheme to teachers), and writing a statement to reflect on the impact I had both in and beyond the classroom.
In the years since, I have also supported several other people to become Chartered Geographers, and written quite a few references for those who wished to complete the process.
I joined the Chartered College of Teaching on the first day that memberships became available a few weeks ago now, as I could see the benefits of this new opportunity to develop a new supportive community, and was also interested in the access that it provided for members to a range of academic journals which are usually held behind an expensive paywall for those of us who are not in an academic institution.
There is strength in numbers, and while it remains to be seen whether this will be different to a previous body called the GTC, which we all had to pay to join.
I'm also still waiting to hear more about the journal access offer though.