Working Towards Professional Registration
Working Towards Professional Registration is designed to guide Imperial’s technical staff and managers through professional registration with the Science Council. Technicians are a vitally important group, but not always well-recognised. Professional registration is a great way of demonstrating your knowledge, skills and experience. It shows peers and employers that you are committed to your profession and can bring a whole host of personal and professional benefits, whatever stage you are at in your career.
Hear more from Imperial technicians who have become professionally registered.
Led by an applicant support mentor from the Science Council, this course will demystify the process of becoming professionally registered and will support participants to:
- identify the appropriate registration status and professional membership body for them
- understand the competencies and CPD requirements required at each level
- develop a written competence report that captures their professional experience
- navigate the online application process
- Prepare for a face-to-face professional registration assessment
The programme involves attending three compulsory workshops. At the end of the programme, participants who are ready will submit their competence report to the Science Council and have a face-to-face professional registration assessment on-site.
Eligibility to participate in the programme
This programme is open to Imperial College technical staff at all levels who would like to apply for registered status in one of the following categories:
- Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)
- Registered Scientist (RSci)
- Chartered Scientist (CSci)
It is not necessary to be a member of a professional body before you start the course. Participants will be supported every step of the way but are expected to demonstrate commitment to the professional registration process and to attend all the compulsory sessions.
A separate programme of support for technicians who are interested in applying to the national register of engineers and technicians (Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng)) is being planned for early 2020. To register your interest for this programme, please contact Ailish Harikae.
How to apply
If you are interested in enrolling on the programme, please complete and submit the application form. You should get line management approval before enrolling. We will then contact you within 48 hours. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information about this programme contact the course organiser, Ailish Harikae, Apprenticeships Manager, Learning and Development Centre.
There is no course fee, but the standard cancellation policy will apply. Please note that the programme does not cover the cost of applying for professional registration, which participants can claim back from their department with line management approval. Participants should get line management approval before applying for this programme. Indicative costs are as follows and are payable at the point of application to the Science Council for professional registration:
|Membership year one||£55||£55||*Varies|
*Varies by professional body
Overview of the programme
Click on titles below to view full description of each workshop:
- Workshop 1 – Introduction Session
- Workshop 2 – Understanding standards, competencies and CPD requirements
- Workshop 3 – Completing the competence report and preparing for the interview
After the programme:
At the end of this programme, participants will apply for professional registration with the Science Council.
There are two ways for professional registration to be assessed: via a written assessment or face-to-face. The applicant support mentor will explain both routes in full once the programme begins. Programme participants who would like to, can have their face-to-face assessment on-site at Imperial, if this is the assessment route they choose.