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Standards of proficiency

The professional standards all registrants must meet in order to become registered, and remain on the Register

What is the role of the standards of proficiency

  • they set out the threshold standards we consider necessary to protect the public (unique to each of our registered professions)
  • they set clear expectations of our registrants’ knowledge and abilities when they start practising
  • registrants must continue to meet the standards of proficiency that apply to their scope of practice
  • HCPC approved programmes equip graduates to meet these standards
  • they outline what service users and the public should expect from their health and care professional 
  • we use them if someone raises a concern about a registrant’s practice

View the standards of proficiency for your chosen profession:

Arts therapists

Biomedical scientists

Chiropodists / podiatrists

Clinical scientists


Hearing aid dispensers

Occupational therapists

Operating department practitioners




Practitioner psychologists

Prosthetists / orthotists


Social workers in England

Speech and language therapists

Reviewing the standards

We keep our standards under continual review, to look at how they are working and check whether they continue to reflect current practice.

We will always publicise any changes to the standards that we make by, for instance, publishing notes on our website and informing professional bodies.

If we are currently reviewing our standards, we will post further information about this below.

Think our standards need updating? Get in touch using the contact details below.

Questions about the standards

If you are unsure how to interpret these standards, then you should write to, or email the Policy and Standards department at the following address:

Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
184 - 186 Kennington Park Road
London SE11 4BU

Page updated on: 14/06/2018