IBMS qualifications support all levels of the profession

Whether you are just starting out in your career, looking to make the next steps, or heading for the top of the profession, our qualifications are designed to give you the knowledge and skills that will help to progress your career in biomedical science.


Biomedical Support Staff – Certificate of Achievement

Demonstrate your knowledge and skills and evidence your laboratory training

For laboratory assistants and associate practitioners, the IBMS Certificate of Achievement is designed to support your training needs and help you to develop knowledge and skills that will make you a valuable member of the laboratory team. These flexible qualifications can be used in all biomedical science disciplines, enabling you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, and evidence your laboratory training.


Apply for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist

For registration as a biomedical scientist, the IBMS Certificate of Competence (Registration Training Portfolio)  is an award that evidences you have met the HCPC standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists through a combination of your academic qualification and clinical laboratory training.   The certificate is awarded for a combination of academic qualifications and completing an IBMS Registration Training Portfolio in an IBMS approved laboratory. 

Take the equivalence route to HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist 

If you are currently working at the level of a HCPC registered biomedical scientist but are not HCPC registered, you can now become HCPC registered by completing an IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence.

Experiential route to HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist

The IBMS Clinical Scientist Certificate of Attainment is an experiential programme offered for those who are working in the UK in healthcare science who have an MSc degree, or an equivalent-level qualification, and who can demonstrate through a combination of their education, training and professional experience that they meet the minimum level of practice required for registration as a clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Advance your career and upgrade your membership

Once you have become registered with the HCPC you will begin your specialist training that will transform you from a new registrant to an experienced and increasingly valuable member of staff.

IBMS Specialist Diplomas are professional qualifications that enable you to demonstrate evidence of your training, practical skills, specialist knowledge and competence in a chosen discipline(s) and are awarded upon the successful completion and assessment of your Specialist Portfolio, a compilation of evidence of your specialist laboratory training. 

Become an Expert

Demonstrate expert knowledge in your chosen subject

IBMS higher and expert qualifications have been developed to evidence your training, practical skills, and more specialist knowledge and competency gained in a chosen discipline.

Advanced Specialist Diploma Qualifications 

Demonstrate your highest level of advanced knowledge and skill

IBMS Advanced Specialist Diplomas are an alternative to professional doctorates and consolidate and demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge and expertise within a discipline.


Support for IBMS qualifications

Laboratory training approval

IBMS qualifications that must be 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

Find details of our laboratory training approval process and how to apply   


Verifiers and Examiners

IBMS portfolio verifiers and examiners play a central role in the assessment of IBMS Registration Training and Specialist qualifications

Find details of how to become a verifier or examiner