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There are four ways to gain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC):
The Certificate of Competence is awarded upon successful completion of a registration portfolio. There are three main ways to complete a portfolio:
For further information on the HCPC's four routes to registration visit http://www.hcpc-uk.org/apply. The rest of this guide will look at registration via the IBMS's Certificate of Competence, one of the HCPC’s approved courses.
If you are not on an HCPC approved course or you are getting registered via the IBMS's Certificate of Competence this is how you gain registration.
1) You need to get a Certificate of Competence from the IBMS
2) Certificate of Competence has two parts: an academic (degrees) and practical (training)
3) Academic part: completed by co-terminus, IBMS accredited or assessment of IBMS non-accredited degrees (non-accredited degrees may require further degree education).
4) Practical part: completed by evidence compiled in a registration portfolio – either as part of a coterminus/IBMS accredited degree or as a trainee job in an IBMS-approved laboratory.
5) Registration portfolio assessed by an IBMS representative called an external verifier.
6) Upon award of Certificate of Competence from the IBMS you then apply to HCPC for admittance on to the biomedical scientist register.
Registration via the IBMS Certificate of Competence
Further information on one of the ways of gaining registration via the IBMS's Certificate of Competence.