Diploma of Expert Practice

Advance your career with an IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice 

IBMS Diplomas of Expert Practice (DEP) enable biomedical scientists with 5 years post registration experience, working in highly specialised areas of practice to demonstrate high levels of knowledge, skill and competence in their specialist subject area.

The IBMS Diplomas of Expert Practice are expert-level professional vocational qualifications assessed by a portfolio of experiential learning and a& multi-component assessment.


Who can apply 

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

  • be a Member or Fellow of the IBMS 
  • be HCPC registered
  • have 5 years post registration experience

The laboratory where you plan to take the IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice should be a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) / CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd) registered laboratory and have must have IBMS post-registration training approval.

If you are unsure whether your laboratory has IBMS laboratory approval for please check with your laboratory manager or training officer.


About the qualifications

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


The following IBMS Diplomas of Expert Practice are currently being updated:

  • anticoagulant therapy
  • bleeding and thrombosis

Please contact for further information.


The following IBMS Diplomas of Expert Practice are currently under review:

  • clinical transfusion
  • immunology
  • clinical chemistry (diabetes, newborn bloodspot screening, therapeutic drug monitoring)
  • ultrastructural pathology

Please contact for further information.


Key dates 


DEPs in Histological Dissection and Immunocytochemistry 

  • Closing date for applications - 5th May
  • Portfolio submission deadline - 26th May
  • Examination date - 4 September 2017

DEP in non-gynaecological cytology

  • Closing date for applications - 17th February 
  • Portfolio submission deadline - 10th March
  • Examination date - 15th and 16th June 

DEP in routine haematology

  • Closing date for applications - 31st March 
  • Portfolio submission deadline - 21st April
  • Examination date - July 



It costs £350 to undertake an IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice.  

The Diploma of Expert Practice in Immunocytochemistry requires a training logbook costing an additional £25.

The Diploma of Expert Practice in Mohs Histological Procedures requires a training logbook costing an additional £25.

The Diploma of Expert Practice in Histological Dissection requires a training logbook costing an additional £25 and additional competencies costing £50.

Please submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

  • payment of £350
  • 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


How to apply 

To apply for an IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice please submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

  • a completed IBMS qualifications application form including training officer/supervisor signature
  • an IBMS Training logbook order form (for DEP in immunocytochemistry, mohs histological procedures and histological dissection) 
  • payment of £350 (plus any additional fees detailed above)

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

You can find qualification application forms and further information on how to apply on the relevant qualification pages.


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