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Assessing your application

Before you apply

It is important that you read the standards of proficiency relevant for your profession before you start completing your application. These standards should guide your choice of documents you submit with your application.

The information you provide should be as detailed and relevant as possible to avoid the risk of your application being unsuccessful.

Step one
Application received by HCPC

If your application is accepted for processing, we will send you an email that has a link from which you can pay the scrutiny fee of
495. We will also contact you with an acknowledgement email which will hold your application reference number in the following format: 'AA123456'. This reference number is important and you should use this each time you contact the HCPC to discuss your application through each stage.

If your application is not accepted for processing because of missing information, we will return it to the address on the form. You will then need to resubmit your application. We will not take the scrutiny fee if your application is returned.

Step two
Initial processing - within four weeks from receipt

During this period we will contact your education provider, any relevant regulatory or professional bodies and any professional referees. We may also ask an outside agency to conduct these checks on our behalf. This is to verify the information that you have provided. We will not wait to hear from these contacts before sending your application to the next stage. You do not need to do anything until we have notified you of the outcome of the next stage of the process.

Step three
Assessment - within 60 working days from receipt

The next stage is the assessment of your education, training and experience. This stage takes approximately 60 working days. Your application will be sent to two assessors from the part of the Register to which you are applying. They will consider all of the information that you have submitted before making their recommendation - initially comparing the level and the content of the training course with reference to the Standards of Proficiency. If they identify shortfalls they will look to see if these have been made up through post qualification training and post qualification experience.

This recommendation will then be reviewed by the Education and Training Committee (ETC) who will send their decision to you.

Please note that we can only base our decision on the information provided in the application. We do not contact referees, training institutions, or employers to obtain further information about your training or work experience.

We will endeavour to send a Record of Assessment to you within 60 working days of receipt. This Record of Assessment may include a request for further information which will prolong the processing time of your application. For this reason it is important that you include as much relevant information as possible when you submit your application

There are several possible outcomes to the application assessment process:

  • Acceptance for admission to the Register
  • Refusal of the admission to the Register
  • Request for further information or invitation to attend a Test of Competence (TOC) based on the professions’ Standards of Proficiency

The assessment process leads to a decision on the recognition of your professional qualifications. In order to become registered, other checks, such as character and verification checks, must also be completed successfully.

Following acceptance for admission to the Register, a registration fee of 90 per year is payable. The amount required at the time of your registration will depend on where your profession is at in their two year fixed cycle.

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