Education and Qualifications
**Please note that the IBMS Education Team are currently working remotely and are therefore unable to process applications, reports and payments sent to our Coldbath Square Office. To ensure a timely response to your documentation we would encourage you to submit everything electronically to us via email.
Degree Assessment (Non-Accredited Degrees)
If your undergraduate degree is not accredited by the IBMS but is in a related scientific field, you can apply to have your degree assessed against the QAA Benchmark Statement to determine whether you need to undertake any supplementary education to meet the required academic HCPC Standards of Proficiency.
Find out more about the process of Assessment for Non-Accredited degrees.
Certificate of Achievement (Support Staff Qualifications)
The IBMS Certificates of Achievement enable biomedical science support staff to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and evidence of their laboratory training.
Registration Portfolio (Certificate of Competence for HCPC registration)
The IBMS Registration Portfolio (Certificate of Competence for HCPC registration) is a professional qualification that demonstrates you meet HCPC standards of proficiency for registration as a biomedical scientist.
Please note if you have any queries regarding the Certificate of Competence by Equivalence, please direct them to email@example.com.
The IBMS Specialist Diploma enables early-career biomedical scientists to demonstrate specialist-level knowledge and skill in their chosen discipline.
Higher and Expert Qualifications
IBMS Higher and Expert qualifications have been developed by experts to enhance your expertise and deliver structured training enabling you to progress in your chosen career path.
IBMS Advanced qualifications consolidate the highest levels of knowledge and expertise and demonstrate evidence of expertise within your chosen discipline.
Equivalence Route to HCPC Registration
The Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) portfolio enables the assessment of experiential learning for experienced practitioners in genetics and andrology in diagnostic laboratories for HCPC Registration as a biomedical scientist.
Laboratory training approval
The IBMS requires that the following IBMS qualification portfolios are completed in a laboratory with IBMS laboratory training approval:
- IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I and II
- IBMS Registration Training Portfolio
- IBMS Specialist Portfolios
- IBMS Diploma of Biomedical Science
You can find details of our laboratory training approval process and how to apply on our laboratory approval for IBMS qualifications page
Verifiers and Examiners
IBMS portfolio verifiers and examiners play a central role in the assessment of IBMS Registration Training and Specialist qualifications
You can find details of how to become a verifier or examiner and details of the verification/examination process on our Information for verifiers and examiners page
training approval process and how to apply on our laboratory approval for IBMS qualifications page