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
- Achieving an IBMS Certificate of Competence
- How to apply
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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.
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.
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 However, there will be an expiry limit of 3 years on any outdated version of a portfolio from the date a new version is introduced.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.
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:
- IBMS accredited honours degree
- IBMS accredited Sandwich honours degree
- IBMS accredited Integrated honours degree
- HCPC approved honours degree
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.
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.