Certificate of Expert Practice

Advance your career with an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice

IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice enable biomedical scientists with 2 years post registration experience looking to specialise in medical microbiology or flow cytometry to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and competence in these areas.

The IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice are postgraduate professional vocational qualifications assessed by a portfolio of experiential learning and a written examination.


Who can apply 

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


About the qualifications

IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice are available in the following areas:

  • flow cytometry
  • medical microbiology

You can find information on each qualification, including guidance, learning outcomes and assessment in the relevant study guide:

IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Flow Cytometry Study Guide

IBMS Certificate of Expert Medical Microbiology Study Guide



It costs £250 to undertake an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice.  

Please submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

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


How to apply 

Both the flow cytometry and medical microbiology Certificates of Expert Practice are currently under review. 

Please contact the IBMS Examinations Team before applying for either qualification.

Once you have contacted the IBMS Examinations Team, please submit:

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



Guidance on Recognising and Avoiding Plagiarism

You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in our Resources section


Deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact as soon as possible.


For further information about the IBMS Certificates of Expert Practice please contact