Advance your career and upgrade your IBMS membership with an IBMS specialist qualification
The IBMS Specialist Diploma is a specialised professional qualification for early career HCPC registered biomedical scientists.
It is assessed through a portfolio of experiential learning and presentation, as well as a laboratory tour and oral examination. This will enable you to demonstrate evidence of your training, practical skills, specialist knowledge and competency gained in a chosen discipline against a benchmark standard for a specialist practitioner.
During the COVID-19 pandemic the IBMS have switched to issuing electronic copies of our portfolios. These electronic versions are identical to the physical portfolios and can be completed and assessed electronically when the qualification is completed.
We have taken this step to ensure that candidates can continue all qualifications during the pandemic. The feedback has been positive and we are pleased that we have been able to work in a greener and more sustainable way whilst continuing our usual level of service.
To ensure a timely response to your documentation we would encourage you to submit everything electronically to us via email.
New cyotology portfolios announced
The IBMS Cytology Advisory Panel made the decision to review and relaunch the cytology Specialist Portfolios to better reflect the more focused services now provided by laboratories. The changes also reflect the increasing role molecular based techniques are playing across pathology as a whole and increasingly so within cytology. Further information>>
Specialist Diploma in Blood Sciences
The IBMS Specialist Diploma in Blood Sciences enables early career HCPC registered biomedical scientists working in multi-disciplinary services to demonstrate specialist-level knowledge and skill across the blood science disciplines.
The Specialist Diploma in Blood Sciences is a specialist professional qualification assessed with a portfolio of experiential learning and presentation, as well as a laboratory tour and an oral examination.
The time limit for completing the Specialist Diploma has been removed. However, there will be an expiry limit of 3 years on any outdated version of a portfolio from the date a new version is introduced. There is still a requirement for evidence to be current i.e. within 3 years of the examination. Evidence older than this will be discounted by the examiner.
Diploma of Specialist Practice
The IBMS Diploma of Specialist Practice will enable early-career biomedical scientists working in research or reference laboratories to demonstrate specialist knowledge and skill within their chosen discipline. It is a specialist professional qualification assessed by a written dissertation of original work or research in the field of biomedical science.