How to apply for professional registration

Our online application system is temporarily closed

We are currently improving our online application system, the Common Application Process (CAP), as part of a large project and will be transitioning to a new system. The new CAP system will be launched on 1st November 2019.

Our existing CAP system is now closed for applicants. Any applicants that wish to apply via the CAP during the period of 16th September to the launch date of the new system on the 1st November will be advised to complete their competency report offline in the interim period. This will mean that applicants can still collate and prepare their application but won’t be able to submit it until the new system is launched.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact our Senior Registration Officer, Hayley McNeil –

You can apply for professional registration as a CSci, RSci or RSciTech through the Science Council’s online system. This supports you to complete both your registration and your membership application.

There is also the option of applying through the Licensed Professional Body you wish to join.

If you are already a member of a Licensed Professional Body then you can use the Science Council’s online system or apply for professional registration through your Professional Body.

If you are a science teacher or lecturer, you may want to apply for professional registration as a CSciTeach. To apply you will need to be a member of a relevant Licensed Professional Body and apply to them.

Please do get in touch if you would like to talk this through.

How do I start?

To complete your application you will need:

  • Details of your employment history
  • Details of your qualifications including certificates

When you are ready, create an account on the online application system. You can log in again at any time to continue with your application. The work you have done will be saved when you log out and be there for you next time you log in. We encourage you to use your personal email in case you move employer at any time during your application.

You can choose a Licensed Professional Body and start your membership application with them. If you are already a member of a professional body, sign up to the Science Council's online application system or apply via your Licensed Professional Body.

To apply for CSciTeach you will need to choose a Licensed Professional Body that offers CSciTeach and apply via them.

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What will I be asked?

There are several stages to filling in your application:

  1. Initial questions – these are just a few questions about you and your motivation for applying
  2. Select which award you are applying for
  3. Professional Body membership – either provide your membership ID (if you are already a member of a Professional Body licensed to award the registration you’re applying for), or select which Licensed Professional Body you would like to join
  4. Tell us about yourself – submit your personal details, your employer, your qualifications and career profile. After a few quick checks by the Science Council on your eligibility, you will then be able to move on to your competence report.
  5. Select your assessment route (online or face to face)
  6. Complete your competence report
  7. Tell us about your supporter - you will be asked to provide their name, job title, employer and work email address.
  8. Declaration - sign up to the CPD standards and registrant code of conduct
  9. Let us know how you will be paying

Once this has been completed you can submit your finished application.

Watch this guide to using the online application system.

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What standards must I meet?

To be awarded registration you must:

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Where can I get help and support?

We provide free workshops, 1:1 sessions, a resource centre and a discussion board to help you complete your application for professional registration.

Visit our support page to find out more.

You can also get in touch with the Science Council directly at or 020 3434 2020. We will always be happy to help.

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Not sure if you are ready yet? Try our Working Towards Programme.

How long does an application take?

You are in control of how long you take to complete each section. The online system will save what you have submitted. Most people fill in their application over several sessions, a piece at a time. The most challenging part is completing your competence report. Read our top tips for completing your assessment report.

The average time it takes for someone to complete their application is 2 months. The fastest anyone has completed their application is 29 days.

After submitting your completed competence report, there is an average wait of 7 days while your supporter or supporters provide their supporting statement(s).

Once we have your completed application and a statement from your supporter, it can take up to 2 months for the assessors to be assigned and make a decision. If you are applying for CSci, this may be up to 3 months, due to the complex nature of the assessment.

If you have chosen a face to face assessment, we will agree a date with you. Your application and supporting statement must be with us two weeks before this date. If not then you may not be eligible to be assessed on your agreed date.

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How much does applying cost?

Costs when using the Science Council’s online system.

There is a £15 administration fee payable at the beginning of the process to cover the costs of the support we provide to you.

Award: RSciTech
Administration fee: £15
Registration fee: £15
Membership year one: £55

Award: RSci
Administration fee: £15
Registration fee: £20
Membership year one: £55

Award: CSci
Administration fee: £15
Registration fee: £45
Membership year one: Varies by Professional Body

Award: CSciTeach
Administration fee: Varies by Professional Body
Registration fee: £45
Membership year one: Varies by Professional Body

Your online assessment cost is covered by the award fee. If you prefer to be assessed face to face, or if this is a requirement of your employer or Professional Body, there is a £50 fee for two assessors to spend a minimum of an hour with you.

Many employers are willing to cover the costs of these fees. Check what your employer's policy is. In most cases you can claim tax relief on fees for CSci and Professional Body membership fees.

Costs through a Licensed Professional Body.

Please visit the webpage or contact the relevant Licensed Professional Body to check their charges.

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How is my application assessed?

Your application will be assessed by Science Council trained assessors through an online assessment or a face to face assessment. You will have the option to choose which type of assessment you want.

What is the difference between an online and a face to face assessment?

An online assessment requires you to provide enough evidence in your competence report for the assessors to decide whether you meet the registration award standards.

If they feel they need more information to make their decision, they may request this from you after your full application has been submitted.

A face to face assessment also requires you to provide a competence report, however this is used to guide the Science Council in assigning assessors with the relevant skills and experience, and to help the assessors prepare for the face to face interview. It therefore does not need to be as comprehensive as for an online assessment.

The evidence you provide in the interview will be what the assessors use to make their decision.

Which assessment option is better: online or face to face?

That really depends on what you would prefer. An online application can take longer because you need to provide enough written evidence alone for assessment. However, face to face assessments may take a few weeks or months to set up once you have submitted your completed application.

Both assessment routes can provide a good opportunity to develop your communication skills, written and oral.

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Below is some further information about the role of your supporter.

Who should my supporter be?

Your application needs to be supported by a 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. They should be familiar with your work.

This will most likely be your line manager, however a senior colleague or client who knows the quality of your work may also be appropriate.

Your supporter should have enough scientific knowledge and expertise to be justified in supporting your application. If possible your supporter should be a member of a relevant professional body and hold either Registered or Chartered status with the Science Council, this may help you as they will understand what professional standards are required.

Whoever you choose, you must get their permission before providing us with their contact details. If other people in your team are also applying for professional registration, your supporter may be supporting their applications as well. This is fine, but you may need to be sensitive to how busy they are.

Information for your supporter

Please pass the link to the supporters page on to your supporter when you agree with them they will support your application for registration.

Your supporter will be asked to log in to the application system to make their comments on your application.  We will let you know when they have competed their input.  Supporters are busy people and may need reminding to complete their part. 

If they have any questions or concerns not answered on the page please ask them to call our helpline on 020 3434 2020 or email us.