Certificate of Expert Practice (Online)

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IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice Distance Learning courses (online) enable biomedical scientists, who are at Member (MIBMS) or Fellow (FIBMS) levels and with at least two years post registration experience looking to specialise in management, training or quality roles, to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in these areas and progress onto other IBMS qualifications.

These professional qualifications are assessed by reflective learning statements and an online examination.

Further information

Who can apply for a Certificate of Expert Practice (Online)

To apply for an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course if you are resident in the UK you must:

  • be a Member or Fellow of the IBMS 
  • be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered

About the Certificate of Expert Practice (Online)

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. Following a common introductory two week module each qualification consists of six modules each of which last two weeks (apart from the module where Easter falls which lasts for three 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 the submission of two assessment pieces (one at the mid-point and the other at the end of course) and an end of course on-line examination.

Fees and how to apply for the Certificate of Expert Practice (Online)

It costs £690 to undertake an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course (online). To order this, please submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

  • payment of £690 along with;
  • a completed application form 

Applications for the 2022  running of these courses will be accepted from the week commencing 16 August 2021. Fees can be paid by:

  • credit or debit card payment by phone on +44 (0)207 713 0214  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. 

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