International applications can now be made online. Read on for information about the process, who can apply and timescales.
International applications review process
1 Submit your application online (except applicants in the below groups)
2 Pay your scrutiny fee
3 Initial review: verification checks
4 Assessment review: your education and training
5 Additional or further information
6 Outcome and registration fee payment, if successful
We'll email you each time your application reaches a new stage.
Who should apply online?
Our online system should be used by all international applicants, with the following exceptions:
- Swiss citizens (please use the SMR application form)
- Individuals with refugee status (please see below)
- Individuals who require a paper form for accessibility reasons (please see below)
If you've already started (or sent in) a paper form, we'll accept it if it reaches us before 6 May 2022. It will be processed according to our standard service levels.
If you have accessibility needs that mean you can't use the online system, don't worry. We can supply a PDF of the application form that you can fill in, print out and send to us via post along with your documents. If you're in this position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send it to you along with some accompanying guidance.
Refugee status - how do I make a refugee application?
If you've been granted refugee status, or given leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom on humanitarian protection grounds, you can make a refugee application which will mean you won't need to pay a scrutiny fee.
To do this, please contact us by emailing email@example.com to request the refugee application form and guidance. We'll send these to you along with the documents you'll need to include to demonstrate your status.
We ask that you provide us with as much information as possible with your application, but if you are unable to provide all of the information needed (for example, because documents have been destroyed or you cannot obtain them), we ask that you include a letter that explains why you cannot provide it.
When you're ready, send your documents via recorded post to:Registration Department
The Health and Care Professions Council,
Park House, 184-186 Kennington Park Road,
London, SE11 4BU
If you require assistance, please call the Registration team on 44 (0)300 500 4472 or 44 (0)20 7582 5460.
For refugee allied health professionals seeking advice and information on how to find jobs, gain experience and other useful assistance, NHS employers has online information.
On receiving a full application, our service level aim for assessment is 60 working days. However, this can be subject to delays and is dependent on the volume of applications under review at any given time.
We aim to undertake the initial review of a full application within four weeks of receiving it. If further checks are needed or we do not receive the information we require, the process may take longer.
We'll contact you by email if we require any additional information from you. We'll also contact you by email as your application reaches each stage of the review.
If you submit documents that are not in English, you must also provide us with certified official translations. If you are applying from abroad, the British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission may be able to help you find a translator. In the UK, your own Embassy, Consulate or High Commission may be able to help.
International application tips
Read the standards of proficiency
Before you apply you must ensure that you read and understand the standards of proficiency for your chosen profession. It is extremely important that you do this, as your application will be assessed against these.
Include as much as possible
Include as much relevant information as possible in your application. If we require more information about your experience, education or training, we will request this in writing via a Record of Assessment, after which you will be able to find and send the requested information. This often causes the process to take significantly more time.
Detail all your experience
HCPC does not comment on the ability of an applicant to practice in their country of training, however, some courses are broader with less in depth coverage, and others are more detailed but have a narrower scope. Significant experience may make up for shortfalls in training. HCPC assessors make their determinations based on all of the information that you provide.
Frequently asked questions
If you are unsure whether your qualification relates to one of the professions on our Register, you may find it useful to contact a professional body.
If your application is accepted for processing, we will take the scrutiny payment (£539.65) from your account.
No. We will make direct contact with your education provider and competent authority. There is no need for you to ask them to send us information in advance of your application.
If your application is successful, your application number will be on the correspondence you receive confirming its success.
If your application has not been accepted for review this will be due to missing information. We will contact you by email to request the outstanding information or documents.
You will be notified about the outcome of your application in writing.
Still have a question about applications?
If you still have a question about applications, please contact our Registration team: