Education and Qualifications

**Please note that the IBMS Education Team are currently working from home 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.

Find out how IBMS Certificates of Achievement will support you to reach your potential


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. 

Find out how completing an IBMS Certificate of Competence (Registration Portfolio) will enable you to apply for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist.   

Please note, we are currently revising the process and documentation for the Certificate of Competence by Equivalence. If you have any queries regarding this qualification, please direct them to

Specialist Qualifications 

The IBMS Specialist Diploma enables early-career biomedical scientists to demonstrate specialist-level knowledge and skill in their chosen discipline.

Find out how you can advance your career and upgrade your IBMS membership with IBMS Specialist qualifications


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.

Find out how you can develop your knowledge and skills and advance your career with IBMS Higher and Expert qualifications

Advanced Qualifications 

IBMS Advanced qualifications consolidate the highest levels of knowledge and expertise and demonstrate evidence of expertise within your chosen discipline.

Find out how you can demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge and skill and advance your career with IBMS Advanced qualifications


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