Registration is awarded by licensed bodies who represent the Science Council or Engineering Council and is based on demonstration of knowledge, competence and commitment requirements that have to be met to become a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci), Chartered Scientist (CSci), Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach), Registered IT Technician (RITTech), Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Professional registration is an important milestone for any technician. It establishes your proven knowledge, understanding and competence. It shows your peers and employers that you have demonstrated a commitment to professional standards, and to developing and enhancing competence. What’s more, registration is valid throughout your career because it allows you to continually update your new skills and knowledge.
Following the success of our pilot programme, Working Towards Professional Registration for Technicians, Imperial will be offering another programme of support for professional registration this academic year. Whatever career route you have taken and whatever stage you are at, this programme will support you through every step of the professional registration process, helping you to gain recognition and building your confidence in the value of your skills.
As President of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST), the professional body run by technicians, for technicians, I am keenly aware of the latest challenges to, and support for, the technical community.
Technicians are a key part of the modern world, in which science and technology are continually and rapidly changing. Technicians are vital to the success of business, research and education and technicians will play an increasingly important part in the global economy in the years to come. The IST believes that professional registration not only provides public recognition for knowledge and experience, it can develop skills and confidence too. As careers progress, registration highlights areas of strength and what can built on in order to move up through the various levels.
Technical staff in the College have great roles in a great institution. With national initiatives and social discourse aplenty, more than ever, now is the time for technicians to take control, to get stuck in and to make a difference.
Dr Helen Sharman, UK Outreach Ambassador, Imperial College London