Equivalence route

An IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence can help you become HCPC registered

If you are not HCPC registered but working at the level of a HCPC registered biomedical scientist, an IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence can support your aplication to register.

How you can apply

To apply for the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) you will need:

  • relevant* professional experience at a level, or beyond the level, for HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist
  • be able to demonstrate you meet HCPC standards of proficiency in a manner equivalent to existing programmes accredited by the IBMS and approved by the HCPC.

*Biomedical Scientist is a protected title regulated by the HCPC.
They define the role as "A biomedical scientist analyses specimens from patients to provide data to help doctors diagnose and treat disease". Biomedical scientists normally work in a clinical pathology service laboratory, including clinical genetics and andrology, where these tests are undertaken. 

About the qualification

The equivalence route to HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist involves the assessment of experiential learning, acquired from the combination of academic qualifications and professional practice.

Your level of qualifications, professional training, experience and competence are evidenced by completing an IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio.  

The IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio learning outcomes are mapped against the HCPC's standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists.   

Once you have completed your Registration Equivalence Portfolio and had it successfully assessed, you will be awarded a Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) and will be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as a biomedical scientist.  

Full details of the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio and the assessment process for the award of the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) are available in the Programme SpecificationGuidance for Applicants and The Role of Mentors

IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) Programme Handbook

Candidates undertaking the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio are asked to complete a Candidate Monitoring Feedback form three months after receiving their portfolio - your feedback will help us to ensure our qualifications are meeting your needs.

Completing the equivalence portfolio

Three to nine months after receiving your portfolio you will be required to complete a 

Candidate monitoring feedback form

 

Your mentor will also be tasked with completing a 

Mentor monitoring feedback form

.

Assessing the portfolio

Your portfolio and evidence will be assessed by an IBMS assessment panel.

If your portfolio and supporting evidence is assessed as meeting threshold standards for HCPC registration and practice as a biomedical scientist, you will be invited to attend an oral assessment with the assessment panel. 

Following the oral assessment, the panel will make a recommendation to the IBMS Education and Professional Standards Committee (EPSC). EPSC will confirm whether your portfolio, supporting evidence and oral assessment meet the requirements for HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist.  

For further detail on completing the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio and the assessment process for the award of the IBMS Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist) please read our Guidance for Applicants.

Candidates who have completed the IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio are asked to complete a Candidate Final Feedback form - your feedback will helps to ensure our qualifications continue to meet your needs.

Fees and how you can apply

Fees

Before applying, you must make an informed decision and be confident that your qualifications and professional experience are appropriate to enable you to provide evidence that demonstrates you meet all of the HCPC standards of proficiency for biomedical scientists.

Assessment fee  is £318. Unsuccessful applications will incur a £50 administration fee, the remainder of the fee will be refunded. 

To apply

Please read our Guidance for Applicants before beginning your application.

If you meet the criteria, please contact [email protected] from November 1st 2022 to December 3rd 2022 for an application pack. 

Your application must include evidence of at least three years of training and professional practice in the duties and responsibilities commensurate with the minimum level of practice for an HCPC registered biomedical scientist. 

On receipt of your application

The IBMS Education Team will review your qualifications and experience against the entry criteria for the Certificate of Competence by Equivalence (Biomedical Scientist).  

If your application is successful you will be admitted to the programme and issued with an IBMS Registration Equivalence Portfolio.