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Reach your potential with an IBMS Certificate of Achievement 

The IBMS Certificates of Achievement enables biomedical science support staff to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and evidence of their laboratory training.

The IBMS Certificates of Achievement portfolios are a collection of knowledge and skill requirements that demonstrate practice to the level and standard expected of a band 2 or 3 Assistant Practitioner or band 4 Associate Practitioner. 

On achieving an IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I you will be able to join the IBMS as an Associate

 


Who can apply 

There are no eligibility criteria for candidates for the Certificate of Achievement Part I.  

Candidates for the Certificate of Achievement Part II must: 

  • be an Associate of the IBMS
  • hold a level 3 (6 in Scotland) qualification related to biological science or have completed the Certificate of Achievement Part I.  
  • have relevant laboratory experience

The laboratory where you plan to undertake your IBMS Certificate of Achievement must have IBMS Biomedical Support Staff 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 qualification  

The IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I and Part II are portfolio based professional vocational qualifications. 

There are two IBMS Certificate of Achievement portfolios:

Certificate of Achievement Part I

The IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I enables you to demonstrate the level of knowledge and skills expected of band 2 or 3 biomedical science support staff. 

Certificate of Achievement Part II 

The IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part II enables you to demonstrate the level of knowledge and skills expected of band 4 biomedical science support staff.

 

The portfolios are structured around specific modules of described knowledge, competence and evidence of achievement related to an area of professional practice.

The portfolios will have a set number of core modules and a number of optional modules, a minimum number of which must also be completed.  The optional modules can be chosen to reflect your own duties and the type of service your laboratory provides.

The IBMS Certificate of Achievement is assessed by your training officer or laboratory manager in your workplace.

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 declaration. Evidence older than this will be discounted by the IBMS.

 


Assessment 

You will be issued with an IBMS Certificate of Achievement once:

  • you have completed the portfolio
  • each of the performance criteria in the portfolio has been signed off by your training officer or laboratory manager
  • you and your training officer or laboratory manager have completed and signed the declaration at the back of the portfolio and submitted this to the IBMS office

Your Certificate of Achievement can be used as evidence to demonstrate your level of knowledge and skill and to become professionally registered with the Science Council.

 


Become professionally registered with the Science Council 

Registered Science Technician (RSci Tech)

You will be able to apply to the Science Council to become professionally registered as a Registered Science Technician (RSci Tech) once you have:

  • completed the IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I
  • become an Associate member of the IBMS

Find out more about becoming professionally registered with the Science Council as an RSci Tech.

Registered Scientist (RSci) 

You will be able to apply to the Science Council to become professionally registered as a Registered Scientist (RSci) once you have:

  • completed the IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part II

Find out more about becoming professionally registered with the Science Council as an RSci

 


Fees

It costs £125 to undertake an IBMS Certificate of Achievement.  

Please submit to the IBMS Support Staff Team:

 


How to apply 

Your training officer will need to submit to supportstaff@ibms.org:

You can also post application forms and payment to Support Staff, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.

 


Mary Macdonald bursary 

The IBMS Mary Macdonald Bursary is awarded to enable biomedical science support staff to undertake the IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I or II qualification.

The bursary covers:

Deadlines for applications are 11th January, 11th April, 11th July and 11th October every year. 

Visit our Mary Macdonald Prize and Bursary page to find out how to apply.

 


Reference copies

IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I Reference Copy

IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part II Reference Copy

 


Resources 

You can find articles on laboratory techniques and online resources to support your training in our Resources section

 

For further information about the IBMS Certificate of Achievement Part I or II please contact supportstaff@ibms.org.