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Certificate of Competence for HCPC registration

Completing an IBMS Certificate of Competence will enable you to apply for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist   

The IBMS Certificate of Competence is a professional qualification that demonstrates you meet HCPC standards of proficiency for registration as a biomedical scientist. 

 


Becoming registered as a biomedical scientist 

Biomedical scientist is a protected title. This means that anyone wanting to work as a biomedical scientist in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – the statutory regulator for health and care professions.

In order to become registered you must demonstrate that you meet HCPC Standards of Proficiency.   

Meeting HCPC Standards of Proficiency 

Completing an IBMS Certificate of Competence will enable you to apply for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist.

An IBMS Certificate of Competence demonstrates that you have met the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for biomedical scientists through a combination of:

  • academic qualifications and
  • clinical laboratory training

Find out more about HCPC Standards of Proficiency

 


Achieving an IBMS Certificate of Competence 

An IBMS Certificate of Competence is awarded for a combination of academic qualifications and completing an IBMS Registration Training Portfolio in an IBMS approved laboratory.

Please note that the time limit for completing this qualification 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 However, there will be an expiry limit of 3 years on any outdated version of a portfolio from the date a new version is introduced.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 verification. Evidence older than this will be discounted by the verifier.

Academic qualifications

To achieve an IBMS Certificate of Competence your academic qualifications must meet the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for biomedical scientists.

Academic qualifications that meet the academic criteria set out in the HCPC Standards of Proficiency include:

If your degree is not IBMS accredited you will need to have your qualifications assessed and possibly take top-up modules before beginning an IBMS Registration Training Portfolio.  

 

Laboratory training

Your laboratory training will involve completing the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio. You must complete the portfolio in a laboratory which holds current IBMS pre-registration training approval

 

How to apply