Certificate of Expert Practice (Online)

Advance your career with an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice

IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice Distance Learning courses (online) enable biomedical scientists with 2 years post registration experience looking to specialise in management, training or quality roles to demonstrate their knowledge and skill and in these areas and progress onto IBMS Higher Specialist qualifications.

The IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice Distance Learning courses(online) are postgraduate professional qualifications assessed by reflective learning statements and an online examination.

Who can apply 

To apply for an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course you must:

  • be a Member or Fellow of the IBMS 
  • be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
  • have 2 years post registration experience

About the qualifications

IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning courses (Online) are available in the following areas:

The courses (six modules) are available online using the Ulster University's Blackboard Learn site.

The study period for each of the six modules is two weeks. The modules are delivered in a student centred format with continuous assessment to enable students to self-monitor their progress. 

A tutor-led forum allows students to seek clarification about the course content and explore aspects of the course between themselves and each tutor. 

The qualifications are assessed through two Reflective Learning Statements and a multiple-choice and short answer question examination.

Fees and how to apply

It costs £650 to undertake an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course (online). To order this, please submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

  • payment of £650, along with
  • a completed application form 

Fees can be paid by: 

  • cheque made payable to "IBMS"
  • credit or debit card payment by phone on +44 (0)207 731 0214 ext 142 or 
  • purchase order from your hospital Trust

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


Further information

For further information about the IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice Distance Learning courses (online) please contact