Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)

Water scientist working in a lab

Registered Science Technicians work with minimal supervision in technical roles, delivering essential scientific services and support within laboratories, schools and universities, hospitals and in many other workplaces.

Meet some of our other Registered Science Technicians

How do I become a Registered Science Technician?

Applicants need to demonstrate their competence across five areas by providing examples from your working life, usually within the last five years, that illustrates how you have met each standard. This is then assessed either online or in a face to face interview.

An applicant for Registered Science Technician will need to explain how they meet the below competences. Guidance is available.

Please note: the Science Council and its Licensed Bodies are implementing updated standards, and from January 2022 the current standards will no longer be used.  Throughout 2021 you may need to check with your Licensed Body to see what standards they are using as some Licensed Bodies may transition quicker than others. Find the updated RSciTech standards here. If you need support with this, please get in touch.

Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Apply knowledge of underlying concepts and principles associated with area of work.
  • Review and select appropriate scientific techniques, procedures and methods to undertake tasks.
  • Interpret and evaluate data and make sound judgements in relation to scientific concepts.
Personal responsibility
  • Work consistently and effectively with minimal supervision to appropriate standards and protocols.
  • Manage and apply safe working practices.
  • Accept responsibility for the quality of work of self and others.
  • Take responsibility for completing tasks and procedures as well as using judgement within defined parameters.
Interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and behavioural skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others.
Professionalism
  • Recognise problems and apply appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions.
  • Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks.
  • Participate in continuous performance improvement.
Professional standards
  • Comply with relevant codes of conduct.
  • Maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice within a structured and managed environment.

“Being awarded RSciTech status has given me formal recognition of the knowledge and experience I have gained in my technical role and recognises me as a professional in my field.”

Ruth Picknett-Powell, RSciTech