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Important Information

Key information to read before starting your application.



What is the difference between the Science Council and a Licensed Processional Body?

 

When you apply via this portal, the Science Council will process your application for registration by using our trained volunteer assessors. If our assessors recommend that your application is successful, your application will be handed over to your selected Licensed Professional Body who will then ratify the decision and process your membership (where applicable).  Please note: our volunteer assessors' decision is a recommendation to the Licensed Professional Body, and it is the Licensed Professional Body who has the final decision.


How long will the process take?

 

Applications can take around 8-12 weeks after submission (excluding bank holidays and holiday periods).  Once your application is handed over to your chosen Licensed Professional Body there may be an additional wait for your application to be ratified and your name to appear on the Science Council register. 


How much will my application cost?


There are 3 fees associated with Science Council Professional Registration.

 

1)   A one-time application fee will be taken at the beginning of your application. The fees for     the different registers are listed below.


·         CSci - £45

·         RSci  - £35

·         RSciTech - £25

·         RSci Apprenticeship - £25

·         RSciTech Apprenticeship - £20

 

2)    An annual registration fee relating to your register will be taken at the beginning of your   application. The fees for the different registers are listed below.

 

·         CSci - £51.30

·         RSci  - £22.90

·         RSciTech - £17.22

 

3)    membership fee. This is the fee that the Licensed Professional Body charges for their       membership.

 

If you are not already a member, your Licensed Professional Body will take this fee after your application has been recommended and handed over. Each Licensed Professional Body has their own membership fee, please contact your chosen Licensed Professional Body for more information.

 

Please note, all costs are non-refundable.


Is there a deadline?

 

Please submit your completed application within 3 months of starting. Applications older than 3 months are automatically deleted.


Where can I go for any queries?

 

Please direct any questions to us at registration@sciencecouncil.org 


You will find links to support documents and FAQs throughout the application form. 


How is my data used?

For information on how we use your data, please find a link to our privacy notice here. 

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We may use this to contact you about your application progress and ask if there's anything we can do to help.

Choosing Your Licensed Professional Body

Science Council registration and professional body membership are linked. Your professional body will offer you guidance and support throughout your career. It will also offer CPD opportunities that enable you to remain on the register. You must already be a member of a professional body or join one to become registered with the Science Council.


Choose the professional body that you feel best fits your professional interests now. As your career develops you may wish to join a different professional body. Your registration can be transferred with you when you move. 


If you are not already a member you can apply as part of your application. Please note an additional membership fee will be collected from you by your Licensed Body once your application has been successful. You may also need to complete additional membership forms. Please contact your chosen Licensed Body for more information. 

Choose the Licensed Professional Body with which you would like to register


When you select a Licensed Body, their Code of Conduct will appear. Please read carefully. The Code of Conduct  is a collection of rules and regulations that outline what is and is not acceptable or expected behavior for a member of their organisation






Data Protection By signing up to join this professional membership body you agree to be contacted by this organisation, you can opt out of this at any time. Contact your new professional body for more information. Your entire application is shared with your professional body.

Career Profile

You will need your CV and employment history to hand to complete this section.


Applicants must evidence how each of the competencies have been achieved within professional practice. Experience must include current and relevant experience. 


To develop this level of competence:


  1. RSciTech would have at least 1 years relevant work experience. 
  2. RSci applicants would have at least 2 years relevant work experience. 
  3. CSci applicants would have at least 5 years relevant work experience at master’s level or equivalent. 


Please upload a recent CV and provide a brief summary of your current and recent job roles on this form. Please include both month and year for start/end dates for each role. You can return to complete or update this information at any point, so long as you haven't submitted your application.


If you're not currently working, you can still apply for professional registration. You can use examples from your work over the last three years to demonstrate your competence. To maintain your registration, you need to be able to demonstrate that you have undertaken relevant CPD.

You can apply for professional registration whilst you're studying. You will need to demonstrate sufficient vocational experience alongside your academic qualifications. If you are not sure whether you have enough relevant work experience, please contact us at registration@sciencecouncil.org and we will be able to advise you.















Qualifications

The following academic criteria is required for each register:


  1. RSciTech applicants must have a level 3 qualification or equivalent* learning and achievement.
  2. RSci applicants must have a level 5 qualification or equivalent* learning and achievement.
  3. CSci and CSciTeach applicants must have a level 7 qualification or equivalent* learning and achievement.


*Equivalence refers to the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Education) descriptors for CSci and the Ofqual descriptors for RSci and RSciTech.


Qualifications need to be within a scientific discipline or relevant practice.


Please enter details of all qualifications relevant to your application. Please attach all necessary certificates. You can return to complete or update this information at any point, as long as you haven't submitted your application.














CSci Equivalency Report

Applicants for CSci who do not hold a Level 7 or above qualification must complete a CSci equivalency report. The purpose of the report is to evidence that you have gained the equivalent scientific knowledge to a Level 7 qualification through work-based learning. Equivalent refers to the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Education) descriptors. 


Completion of the Equivalency Report


In completing the Equivalency Report, you are being asked for evidence against the QAA criteria. The actual criteria have been rephrased slightly in order to clarify what is being looked for and, or, to make them more equitable to a situation where someone who has obtained an MSc several years ago would be applying for CSci. Further guidance and help can be found on our website.








RSci Equivalency Report

Applicants for RSci who do not hold a Level 5 or above qualification must complete a RSci equivalency report. The purpose of the report is to evidence that you have gained the equivalent scientific knowledge to a Level 5 science qualification through work-based learning. Equivalent refers to the Ofqual level 5 descriptors.

 

Completion of the Equivalency Report

 

In completing the Equivalency Report, you are being asked for evidence against the Ofqual descriptors. The actual descriptors have been rephrased slightly in order to clarify what is being looked for. Please note that not all of the Ofqual descriptors are included in the following questions as they have already been covered by the RSci competencies.






RSciTech Equivalency Report

Applicants for RSciTech who do not hold a relevant Level 3 or above qualification must complete a RSciTech equivalency report. The purpose of the report is to evidence that you have gained the equivalent scientific knowledge to a Level 3 science qualification through work-based learning. Equivalent refers to the Ofqual level 3 descriptors.

 

Completion of the Equivalency Report

 

In completing the Equivalency Report, you are being asked for evidence against the Ofqual descriptors. The actual descriptors have been rephrased slightly in order to clarify what is being looked for. Please note that not all of the Ofqual descriptors are included in the following questions as they have already been covered by the RSciTech competencies.





Reflective Statement


For your application to the professional registers of RSci or RSciTech, you are required to reflect on the experiences you gained during your apprenticeship. By completing your apprenticeship, many of the professional competences have already been met.

 

The purpose of this form is for you to show that you can identify some of the most valuable aspects of your apprenticeship experience, and that you understand their impact.

 

Note - The form will be assessed as part of a Peer Review Process by 2 independent assessors – a key feature of gaining RSci or RSciTech.  The assessors will be looking to understand what you have learned from your apprenticeship experience and the impact of those learnings.

 

To complete your reflection, please complete the following 8 questions (across 3 sections), in the spaces provided below. A suggested word count is given for each section.

 

It is advised to start with the 1st section ‘What?’.  Then move onto the 2nd section ‘So What?’.  Concluding with the 3rd section ‘Now What?’

 

Please ensure you write a minimum of 800 words across the reflective statement. Guidance on what to include can be found here.

WHAT? Considering the learning experience.


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SO WHAT? Demonstrating an understanding of the learning experience.  




NOW WHAT?  Modifying future performance.  



Complete your competence report


Please provide evidence of your competence in each area. We recommend a word count for each competence of 300-350 words.


Read the guidance carefully and be prepared to give lots of detail. If the Science Council feel that your competence report has not met the sufficient standard, it will return to you for editing. 


Once assessed, your application might be recommended for the award, rejected, or the assessors might ask for more information on certain areas of the application.  If the assessors would like more information, you will be invited to revise your application accordingly. Please note that you will only receive one opportunity to resubmit once the assessors have reviewed your application. 


For each competence statement, you will need to give clear examples of the role that you play, or the contribution that you make to a particular task or activity.


  • To provide your examples with sufficient depth, it might be useful to explain what you did, how you went about it and why you did it.
  • You may use the same task or activity more than once, but you should be clear on how and why it applies to the specific competence being addressed.
  • Avoid using bullet points and lists.
  • Do not add any external links within the competence report.
  • Most examples should be recent (in the last three years), but you can also draw on relevant experience further back in your career.
  • Your examples should be explicable to non-specialists as well as specialists.
  • Where acronyms are used, please explain them in the first instance.
  • Avoid including people's names and instead provide their relationship to you.
  • Please ensure you have checked your competence report thoroughly for any spelling and grammar errors before submitting.
  • Your examples must be your own work, the assessors will notify the Science Council if any plagiarism is suspected. 
  • Any applications found to have plagiarised or artificially generated content will be withdrawn. 

Please remember to periodically save your progress to ensure your work is not lost. Only check the final box to confirm that you have completed this task once you are happy with the detail. This allows you to return to the information and edit at any time.

A: Application of Knowledge and Understanding

A1: Demonstrate how you use knowledge, experience, skills and broader scientific understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging science and technology.


You should provide sufficient detail here to show your deep understanding of your specialist scientific subject and how you have applied it. Further to this, include any examples of where your broader scientific understanding is applied to your area of practice. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• Writing and presenting internal papers, reports or standards


• Conducting appropriate research to facilitate design and development of scientific processes


• Writing primary journal articles and patents

A1: Apply extended knowledge of underlying concepts and principles associated with area of work. We are looking for an example of how you have used your extended knowledge within the area in which you work. This will include developments within your field and the ability to understand and apply new developments to your area of work.

A1: Apply knowledge of underlying concepts and principles associated with area of work


What we are looking for here is an example of how you apply your knowledge in your day to day work.

A1: Apply extended knowledge of underlying concepts and principles associated with area of work.


We are looking for an example of how you have used your extended knowledge within the area in which you work.  This will include developments within your field and the ability to understand and apply new developments to your area of work.

A1: Apply knowledge of underlying concepts and principles associated with area of work


What we are looking for here is an example of how you apply your knowledge in your day to day work.

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A2: Exercise sound judgment and understand principles of uncertainty in complex and unpredictable situations.


This competence is asking you to identify and be aware of the limit of your own knowledge and professional competence, to demonstrate an ability to manage your own strengths and weaknesses and to recognise the level of risk attached to your actions. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• When you have reacted and dealt with an unexpected outcome


• When you have approached a piece of work or project flexibly and in a novel or different way, or reacted to an unexpected outcome

A2: Review, evaluate and apply underlying scientific concepts, principles and techniques in the context of new and different areas of work.


What we are looking for here is how you have taken techniques/principles and reviewed, evaluated and applied them in a new area of work.

A2: Review and select appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods to undertake tasks.


This means that you can explain the underlying reasons for undertaking tasks and why a particular procedure, technique, or process is appropriate.

A2: Review, evaluate and apply underlying scientific concepts, principles and techniques in the context of new and different areas of work.


What we are looking for here is how you have taken techniques/principles and reviewed, evaluated and applied them in a new area of work.

A2: Review and select appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods to undertake tasks.


This means that you can explain the underlying reasons for undertaking tasks and why a particular procedure, technique, or process is appropriate.

A3: Demonstrate critical evaluation of relevant scientific information and concepts to propose solutions to problems.


You should think of this competence in terms of selecting the best methodology, the subsequent data analysis, evaluations and conclusions you draw and how you overcome any barriers or issues. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• Engaging in experimental design and testing

• Reviewing relevant literature, databases, manuals or designs

• Statistical analysis and numerical modeling

A3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate data, concepts and ideas to propose solutions to problems.


We are looking for an example of how you observe and interpret the results from your data to draw conclusions and inform your next steps.

A3: Interpret and evaluate data and make sound judgements in relation to scientific concepts


This means you can explain how you recognise when your activity appears to have been successfully carried out, or not, and what data, observations, or measurements you are evaluating mean, relating it to the underlying principles. You should also be able describe how you present information in an appropriate manner in order to explain your judgement.

A3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate data, concepts and ideas to propose solutions to problems.


We are looking for an example of how you observe and interpret the results from your data to draw conclusions and inform your next steps.

A3: Interpret and evaluate data and make sound judgements in relation to scientific concepts


This means you can explain how you recognise when your activity appears to have been successfully carried out, or not, and what data, observations, or measurements you are evaluating mean, relating it to the underlying principles. You should also be able describe how you present information in an appropriate manner in order to explain your judgement.

B: Personal Responsibility

B1: Work autonomously and take responsibility for the work of self and others.


It is important for this competence to ensure you describe your contribution, responsibility and impact on a certain task or project and make it clear what you personally have achieved i.e. “I” not “we”. In formulating your answers and giving relevant examples, you should consider the following:


• You will be expected to undertake your work without day-to-day supervision and so you should demonstrate that you are able to achieve this

• You should demonstrate your understanding of when you may need to seek guidance from others and how you would obtain this guidance

• If you are responsible for managing the work of others, you should clearly describe how you discharge those responsibilities

B1: Work autonomously while knowing when to escalate appropriately and recognising limits of scope of practice.


We are looking for an example of how you work with no supervision for certain key tasks, experiments or procedures associated with your role within required time frames.  You will also be able to demonstrate your understanding of when you need to seek input from either your supervisor or others  and when to escalate.

B1: Work consistently and effectively with minimal supervision to appropriate standards and protocols and know when to escalate appropriately.


We are looking for an example of how you carry out work with minimal input from your supervisor for certain key tasks, experiments or procedures associated with your role and completing them to the appropriate standards and time frame.  We are also looking for evidence that you know when to escalate appropriately and that you are able to make a judgement on when to escalate.

B2: Promote implement and take responsibility for robust policies and protocols relating to to health, safety and sustainability.


You should demonstrate that you understand the policies and protocols related to health, safety and sustainability that apply to the work you are undertaking, giving examples where you have implemented and promoted them and describe any responsibilities that you have related to this. In formulating your answers, you should consider the following:


• Demonstrate that you know where these policies and protocols are documented, and you are able to apply them in your practice

• How your work contributes to the update and development of your department/organisations policies and procedures

• How you 'promote' the awareness and application of these policies and protocols with others, especially peers and more junior colleagues

B2: Take responsibility for safe and sustainable working practices and contribute to their evaluation and improvement.


We are looking for an example of how you have taken responsibility for working safely and sustainably.

B2: Demonstrate how you apply safe working practices.


This means that you can explain the safe working practices applicable to your area of work and describe how you follow them.

B3: Promote and ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and quality standards.

You should demonstrate that you understand which regulatory requirements and quality standards apply to your area of work including data integrity and privacy. In formulating your answers and giving examples, you should consider the following:
• Describe what you do to ensure that these requirements and standards are being followed for those activities for which you are responsible • Describe how you promote the awareness of regulatory requirements and quality standards among peers and more junior colleagues • Describe how you safely store and handle data in line with national and international data protection and cyber security regulations

Remember to include outputs, as well as inputs.

Find more in-depth guidance in the useful information section of our website.

B3: Take responsibility for the quality of your work and also enable others to work to high standards.


This means that you can show how you are aware of the quality standards necessary for the work being carried out by you and others. You should be able to describe an example of how you enable  these standards and ensure that they are applied.

B3: Take responsibility for the quality of your work and the impact on others.


This means that you can describe how you take responsibility for the quality of the work that you

undertake and it’s impact on others within defined parameters and timelines– including if an activity does not work in the way that you expect.

B4: Oversee the implementation of solutions and demonstrate an understanding of potential and actual impacts of your work on your organisation, on the profession and on the wider community. You should demonstrate an understanding of the potential and actual impacts of your work on your organisation, on the profession, on the general public and on the physical environment. Examples could include but are not limited to: • Indicating that you are aware of the sensitivity of your work and show how this understanding translates into the ways in which you carry out your work • Showing an awareness of how your profession is portrayed and viewed by the public at large, and how you take responsibility for recognising this in the work you do • Describing how you seek to avoid reputational damage related to the work you carry out • Explaining how you set a good example to others in the way you discharge the responsibilities related to the work you undertake and the benefits to the organisation
C: Interpersonal Skills

C1: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences.


A non-specialist audience is anyone working outside of your particular area of expertise, so it would not necessarily be a non-scientist. Your example(s) should indicate how you have communicated in a way that is effective to each type of audience. In formulating your answers, you should consider the following:


• Not just the content of the message but also the mode or style of delivery that is adapted according to the audience

• The feedback loop to gauge the understanding and improve future communications

C1: Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills


What we are looking for here is an example that you are an effective communicator.  The example can be through appropriate oral, written or electronic means.

C1: Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills


What we are looking for here is an example that you are an effective communicator.  The example can be through appropriate oral, written or electronic means.

C2: Demonstrate effective leadership through the ability to guide, influence, inspire and empathise with others.


This competence is about understanding your leadership skills and is not reserved for those in management roles, it is applicable to all. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• Experiences of mentoring or coaching you have had; you should consider how effective this was and the overall impact

• Considering when you have managed change within your organisation or overseen the implementation of any new processes; you should consider how effective this was and the overall impact

C2: Demonstrate effective interpersonal and behavioural skills.


This means that you can give an example that demonstrates the skills that you use to interact with colleagues in a constructive way within the work setting. In these situations it may be appropriate to discuss these with your supervisor, as an external perspective is often very useful in this regard.

C2: Demonstrate effective interpersonal and behavioural skills.


This means that you can demonstrate skills that you use to interact with colleagues in a constructive way within the work setting. In these situations it may be appropriate to discuss these with your supervisor, as an external perspective is often very useful in this regard.

C3: Demonstrate the ability to mediate, develop and maintain positive working relationships.


You should describe or define the “working relationship” and provide at least one example which focuses on your handling of a challenging interpersonal situation and demonstrates your ability to mediate and achieve a positive outcome. You should consider how through your approach you have changed or modified the behaviour or attitudes of others to positive effect. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• How you have managed the merger or integration of different teams

• Managing working relationships across different departments or organisations

• Interactions with committees, working groups or other professional body activities

• How you have managed and resolved a difficult relationship situation between members of a team for which you are responsible

C3: Demonstrate productive working relationships and an ability to resolve problems


This means that you should be able to describe how, when working with others, you are able to demonstrate that you developed positive working relationships and resolved the problem. Your example should demonstrate how those working relationships were effective in resolving problems.

C3: Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others


This means ‘team work’, which can be in a large team or on a 1:1 basis. Your example should illustrate how you worked collectively with others, what your specific role was within the team, and what the outcome was.

D: Professional Practice

D1: Demonstrate how you scope and plan and manage projects.


Describe an example where you have developed a project scope with clearly defined boundaries and project plans. Any problem solving techniques used should be highlighted along with potential benefits of the project to the business. You should make it clear the level of autonomy you had while working on the project, especially when the project is large covering multiple areas and a significant time span. You should show how you contributed to determining the resulting courses of action. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• Lead an operational project utilising resources across several disciplines

• A change management project aligning processes across sites

• An industry-wide project establishing guidance on technical standards and requirements

D1: Identify, review and select scientific techniques, procedures and methods to undertake tasks


This means you can give an example of work that you have undertaken showing where and why the method/procedure used was chosen as the best (or most relevant) to use.

D1: Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions


What we are looking for here is an example of where you have problem solved or attempted to problem solve.

D2: Demonstrate the achievement of desired outcomes with the effective management of resources and risks.


Using projects with which you have been involved as examples you should describe your roles and responsibilities in managing the activities to achieve the desired outcomes. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• Identifying the resources (people and/or money) needed to undertake the activities

• Monitoring and surveillance of the progress of the activities

• Identification, evaluation and implementation of changes that may be needed to ensure the activities are successfully completed

• Identification and management of risks that could impact on the successful completion of the activities

D2: Contribute to the organisation of tasks and resources


This means that you can give examples of how you have contributed to the running of the laboratory/workshop/section or other types of working environment.

D2: Demonstrate how you use resources effectively.


This means that you can give examples of work that you have undertaken where the method, procedure, programme, equipment, or materials used was chosen as the best (or most relevant) to use. Your example should describe how you planned and organised these to complete the task and also how you reviewed choices – why the one you selected was the best compared to others that are available.

D3: Take responsibility for continuous improvement within a scientific or technical environment.


Your examples should indicate what actions you take to make improvements to your organisation as a whole. This could be through encouraging the continuous development of junior staff or through improvements to processes within the organisation. Examples could include but are not limited to:


• Evaluation of the performance of specialists methods and tools used

• Development of recommendations for future enhancements or modifications to procedures or working practices in order to achieve performance improvements

• Description of examples where your actions have led to performance improvement by yourself or others.

• Identification of lessons learned from activities undertaken by yourself or by others for whom you are responsible, such as what went well, went badly or was lacking

D3: Participate in the design, development and implementation of solutions


This means that you can give an example of ‘problem solving’ that describes your specific role in helping to overcome a specific problem. For instance it might mean that a process, programme, design, assay, or method suddenly stops working and you are involved in finding out the reason why. Your example should show what your role was in understanding the problem and what your contribution achieved.

D3: Participate in continuous process improvement.


What we are looking for is an example of how you have improved the efficiency of a way of working, for example this could include maintenance of stock levels, improved methods, new ways to increase throughput, health and safety or ways to increase cost-effectiveness.

D4: Contribute to continuous process improvement


This means that you can give an example which shows how you are aware of progress in your area and seek ways of improving the efficiency of your work. It should describe how you seek to discuss with your supervisor the strategy for achieving this. For instance this could include new and improved methods, new ways to increase throughput, or ways to increase cost-effectiveness.

E: Professionalism


E1: Comply with and promote relevant codes of conduct and practice.


You should provide comprehensive examples of how you have applied and promoted the codes of conduct under which you practice and the outcome.


Examples you may wish to include but are not limited to equality, diversity and inclusion, reliability and integrity and ethical practices.

E1: Comply with and promote relevant codes of conduct and practice.


This means that you can give an example of how you comply with a code of conduct (e.g. of your professional Body) or how you work within and promote all relevant legislative, regulatory and local requirements.

E1: Comply with relevant codes of conduct and practice


This means that you can give examples of how you, for instance comply with your professional body’s code of conduct or how you manage your work within all relevant legislative, regulatory and local requirements, frameworks such as Health and Safety Legislation, Home Office Regulations, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), local Codes of Practice, etc.

E2: Demonstrate a commitment to professional development through continuing advancement of your own knowledge, understanding and competence.


Your answer should provide specific examples of what you have already done in terms of continuing professional development (CPD) and your plans for the coming year. In your examples you must describe how your engagement in CPD has benefited your practice and the users of your work and reflect on its impact.


Examples can be taken from any of the five categories of activity (work based learning, professional activity, formal/educational, self-directed learning and other).


e.g.


• Application of knowledge acquired on an external course that has benefited the business – how you acquired the knowledge of a new technology and how you planned, implemented and reviewed its success in your organisation

• Your work to promote careers in the STEM area including the design of materials and reflection on success


We are not looking for a list of courses here but evidence of how your CPD benefits your practice and benefits others.  


(Note registrants will need to comply with the Science Council CPD Standards)

E2: Maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice through professional development activity


This means that you undertake activities to enhance your competence in your own area of practice i.e. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and reflect on its impact on you and others. We are not looking for a list of courses here but evidence of how your CPD benefits your practice and benefits others.  Your CPD may include work-based learning, professional activity, formal/educational, self-directed learning.


(Note registrants will need to comply with the Science Council CPD Standards)

E2: Maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice through professional development activity


This means that you can give an example of an activity you have undertaken to enhance your competence in your own area of practice i.e. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and reflect on its impact on you and others. We are not looking for a list of courses here but evidence of how your CPD benefits your practice and benefits others.  Your CPD may include work-based learning, professional activity, formal/educational, self-directed learning.

Upload further supporting documents (optional)


If you would like to provide additional documentation to support your application, you can do so here.


Please provide a brief description of the purpose of this supporting information, over and above the evidence you have given against the competences.

Add your Supporter details

Your application needs to be supported by someone who can attest to the information you have provided - the sort of person you would ask for a professional reference should you need one. Most importantly, they should be familiar with your work. 


If possible your supporter should be a member of a relevant professional body and hold either Registered or Chartered status with the Science Council, but this is not mandatory.


You must make sure that you have agreement from this individual to be your supporter and that they have confirmed they're happy to be contacted by the Science Council application system. Please note, your supporter will be able to view your whole application.


When your application is complete and you click submit on the last page of the application form, your supporter will be sent an automated email asking them to provide a review. 


You will receive an automated email notification once your supporter has submitted their review.






Your Interest in Science Council Professional Registration




Declaration


In order to retain the RSciTech, RSci, CSci and CSciTeach status, all registrants who wish to renew their registration must make an annual declaration that they comply with the Science Council Continuing Professional Development (CPD) standard. This statement will normally be captured at the time of renewal and in any case, by 31st December each year.


The 4 Standards for CPD revalidation:


Standard 1


A registrant must maintain a continuous, up-to-date, accurate and reflective record of their CPD activities and be able to provide supporting evidence if requested. 


This standard is met if you have provided a record of CPD activities in which you describe and reflect upon those undertaken. You will be keeping this record continuously but your Professional Body may ask to audit a 12 month period. You should be able to submit evidence which supports your participation in your CPD activities in circumstances where it is requested. Such evidence may include but is not limited to certificates, articles, training materials or feedback.


Standard 2


A registrant must demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.


This standard is met if your CPD record includes activities in at least three (exceptionally two) of the following categories. Through your description of these activities you must demonstrate how they are relevant to your current or future practice. 


S2.1. Work based learning (e.g. supervising staff / students, reflective practice)


S2.2. Professional activity (e.g. involvement in a professional body, mentoring)


S2.3. Formal / Educational (e.g. writing articles / papers, further education)


S2.4. Self-directed learning (e.g. reading journals, reviewing books / articles)


S2.5. Other (e.g. voluntary work, public service)


Standard 3


A registrant must seek to ensure that their CPD has benefited the quality of their practice and reflect upon this.


This standard is met if throughout your CPD record you reflect upon the ways in which your CPD activities have or will improve the quality of your work. Be sure to say why you think that your work has been or will be improved by your chosen CPD activities. There might be some cases where you had expected your CPD activities to improve your work but this did not happen as planned, you may discuss these circumstances also. How will you change your approach to planning CPD activities to reduce the chance of this happening in future?


Standard 4


A registrant must seek to ensure that their CPD has benefited the users of their work (employee, customer, student etc.) and reflect upon this.


This standard is met if throughout your CPD record you reflect upon the ways in which your CPD activities have or will benefit the users of your work. Be sure to say why you think that these activities have already or will provide this benefit. You can provide evidence of a direct benefit, for example feedback from a student. You may also describe indirect benefits, for example your enrolment on a training course may indirectly benefit clients through changes in your approach to interactions with them. 



The Science Council Model Rules of Conduct


Registrants will agree to be bound by the code of professional conduct of their Licensed Body as well as by the Science Council Model Rules of Conduct for Registrants which state that:


Registrants must:


  • Exercise their professional skills and judgement to the best of their ability and discharge their professional responsibilities with integrity, serving as an example to others. 
  • Have regard at all times to the public interest. 
  • Do all in their power to ensure that their professional activities do not put the health and safety of others at risk.
  • When called upon to give a professional opinion, do so with objectivity and reliability. 
  • Never engage in corrupt practice.
  • Undertake appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and be able to demonstrate this to others.
  • Further the interests of and maintain the dignity and welfare of their Licensed Body and profession.
  • Minimise their impact on the environment including encouraging the fair and sustainable use of resources.
  • Treat others with respect and encourage equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) including embedding EDI within their work.

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