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Equivalence route to HCPC registration

Become HCPC registered with the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) 

If you are currently working at the level of a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist but are not HCPC registered you can now become HCPC registered by completing an IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence.

 


Who can apply?

Candidates for the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) should have:

  • professional experience at a level or beyond the level for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist
  • be able to demonstrate they have met HCPC standards of proficiency in a manner equivalent to existing programmes accredited by the IBMS and approved by the HCPC

Candidates would have been unable to undertake an extensive period of training in an IBMS approved laboratory and as a result would have been ineligible for HCPC registration.

Candidates for the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) would usually be: 

  • academic staff in biomedical science
  • experienced practitioners in genetics
  • experienced practitioners in andrology  

 


About the qualification

The equivalence route to HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist involves the assessment of experiential learning, acquired from the combination of academic qualifications and professional practice.

Your level of qualifications, professional training, experience and competence are evidenced by completing an IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio.  

The IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio learning outcomes are mapped against the HCPC's standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists.   

Once you have completed your Registration Equivalence Portfolio and had it successfully assessed, you will be awarded a Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) and will be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as a biomedical scientist.  

Full details of the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio and the assessment process for the award of the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) are available in the Programme Specification and Guidance for Applicants

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Programme Handbook

Candidates undertaking the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio are asked to complete a Candidate Monitoring Feedback form three months after receiving their portfolio - your feedback will help us to ensure our qualifications are meeting your needs.

 


Completing the portfolio

Candidates undertaking the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio are asked to complete a Candidate Monitoring Feedback form three months after receiving their portfolio.

The candidate's mentor is asked to complete a Mentor Monitoring Feedback Form three months after the candidate receives their portfolio.

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Programme Handbook

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Programme Specification

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Guidance for Applicants

 


Assessment 

Once you have:

  • completed the portfolio 
  • submitted 3 copies of your portfolio, along with 
  • copies of your supporting evidence

your portfolio and evidence will be assessed by an IBMS assessment panel.

If your portfolio and supporting evidence is assessed as meeting threshold standards for HCPC registration and practice as a biomedical scientist, you will be invited to attend an oral assessment with the assessment panel. 

Following the oral assessment, the panel will make a recommendation to the IBMS Education and Professional Standards Committee (EPSC). EPSC will confirm whether your portfolio, supporting evidence and oral assessment meet the requirements for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist.  

For further detail on completing the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio and the assessment process for the award of the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) please see our Guidance for Applicants.

Candidates who have completed the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio are asked to complete a Candidate Final Feedback form - your feedback will help us to ensure our qualifications are meeting your needs.

 


Fees

It costs £300 to complete an IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist).

You will need to submit:

to equivalence@ibms.org 

 


How to apply 

Please read our Guidance for Applicants before beginning your application.

Once you have submitted to equivalence@ibms.org:

you can also submit a copy of your application and payment by post to Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.

The IBMS Education Team will review your qualifications and experience against the entry criteria for the Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist).  

This includes evidence of at least three years of training and professional practice in the duties and responsibilities commensurate with the minimum level of practice for an HCPC registered biomedical scientist. 

If your application is successful you will be admitted to the programme and issued with an IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio. 

 


Reference copies

IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio Reference Copy

 


Resources

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Programme Handbook

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Programme Specification

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Guidance for Applicants

Laboratory Training Self-Assessment Form for Certificate of Competence by Equivalence

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence Application Form

You can find articles on laboratory techniques and online resources to support your training in our Resources section

 

For any enquiries please email equivalence@ibms.org