Registration Manager Dushyan Ashton highlights what registrants need to do to in order to renew their registration for the next two-year cycle.
Each profession renews their registration during the same period every two years. This year nine of our professions will undergo the renewal process. You can find a list of the renewal deadline dates for each profession here.
It is important to make sure that you renew your registration successfully, so you can continue to practise your profession for the next two-year cycle.
To renew, you must complete a professional declaration online and pay a renewal fee.
Payment alone is not sufficient to keep your name on the Register. If you do not renew your registration in time, you will be removed from the Register just after the renewal deadline.
Professions currently in Renewal
- Occupational therapists - 31 October 2021 deadline
- Biomedical scientists - 30 November 2021 deadline
- Radiographers - 1 December 2021 until 28 February 2022
Setting up for a renewal
Follow our checklist below to make sure everything is in place to make your renewal.
- Make sure the email address on your account is one you personally control
Your email address is how you log into your online account. If another individual or organisation controls it (for example, your workplace), you can find yourself without access to your account (for example, if your workplace changes its web domain).
Changing your email address when you are locked out of your account requires security checks. This means it can only be done by a Registration Advisor, either over email or over the phone. If demand creates delays to this process, you may not be able to complete your renewal within the deadline.
It's simple to change your email address while you have access - just log in to your online account and head to the 'My Details' section.
- Make sure your contact details are correct
Without valid contact details, like your email address, phone number and postal address, we won't be able to alert you if there are any issues with your registration, or to let you know you've been selected for CPD audit. Your contact details can be updated without the need to contact our Registration team - just use your online account.
- Make sure your online account is activated before you log in
The new and improved registration system went live in October 2020. Before you can use the system, you will first need to activate your account. This is a one-off process and will only need to be carried out if you have not yet used the new system. Steps on activating your account will be found in the renewal invitation email.
When this has been done, you will be able to access the system via the link on the main HCPC homepage/renewal invitation email. The system is secure and uses a two-factor authentication linked to a phone number (mobile or landline) to log in.
- Set re-occurring reminders in your calendar for when your profession renews and to monitor direct debit collections
A simple reminder can make all the difference. Your profession renews at a set time every two years, so be sure to create a reminder of when this happens. If you pay by direct debit, your first collection will be collected shortly after you have completed your renewal and your future collections are scheduled to take place on a set collection date every 6 months.
To avoid being taken off the Register for non-payment, you can set a reminder to check that your direct debit has been collected successfully. Please refer to the direct debit collection schedule here.
- Do not leave it till the last minute
You have three months to renew your registration, and the majority of you renew in the first few weeks. Our advice is to renew as soon as the window opens. Renewing online is quick and easy and it only takes around 5-10 minutes to complete. If you choose to pay by direct debit, your renewal will be complete once a payment has been collected.
- Use your HCPC online account to do more
You can log in at any time after you have activated your account. You do not have to wait for the renewal window to update your personal details.
The new system comes with a host of new and improved features, beyond just updating your personal details and renewing your registration. You can now request for a change of name and/or change of gender, update your direct debit details or even request for voluntary deregistration if you no longer need to be registered.
Further information about the registration renewal process can be found in the Registration section of our website. This includes step-by-step guidance on how to activate an account and to renew.