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
- Orthoptists - 31 August 2021 deadline
- Paramedics - 31 August 2021 deadline
- Clinical scientists - 30 September 2021 deadline
- Prosthetists / orthotists - 30 September 2021 deadline
- Speech and language therapists - 30 September 2021 deadline
- Occupational therapists - from 1 August 2021 to 31 October 2021
Follow our checklist for some useful tips on what you can do to successfully renew:
- Make sure we hold the correct email address for you on our records
It is vital that your contact details are up to date; otherwise you could miss your invitation to renew email. It is up to the individual registrants to keep their contact details up-to-date. These can also be updated online, without the need to get in contact with the Registration team.
We highly recommend that you use your personal email address for matters related to your HCPC registration. Keeping your registration up to date is your personal responsibility, and work email addresses are often not accessible once you have left an organisation or during periods when you may be out of the office. This could result in you missing out on important registration and renewal related communication.
- 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 reoccurring 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.