The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. The Science Council set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines.
Through Licensed Bodies, the Science Council admit to their registers scientists and science technicians who meet competence and conduct requirements and commit to Continuing Professional Development.
The AAPT provides guidance as to how an Anatomical Pathology Technologist (APT) can apply, and be maintained, as a Science Council registrant.
The guidance is informative across three award levels: Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), and contains examples as to how an APT might demonstrate each standard.
Applications for professional registration can only be made via the Science Council On-Line Application Process
Tip! Ensure to read the Common Application Process Manual for Applicants before starting the application. A digital mini-booklet is also a useful first resource as to the benefits of professional registration
The AAPT is proud to be one of first professional bodies to hold a Development Licence with the Science Council to offer professional registration.
Registration with the Science Council enables those eligible AAPT members to publicly demonstrate their commitment to professional standards, the APT profession and to use the designatory letters after their name – RSciTech, RSci or CSci.
AAPT believes that professional registration delivers parity and consistency across the UK scientific and technical workforce and an overview of professional registration benefits can be found on the Science Council website and below:
Be publicly recognised for your professional excellence
Registration recognises your knowledge and experience alongside any qualifications you may have. This captures on-the-job experience and shows the level of competence you have as a practising scientist. It also demonstrates your commitment to integrity, regard for public interest and responsibility for others.
Increase your confidence and skill
Applying for professional registration supports and encourages you to reflect on what you have achieved in your career so far. It’s a process that will build your confidence as a practising scientist.
Demonstrate your ethical credentials
Registration tells others that you are committed to working to high ethical standards and gives them trust and confidence in you as a professional scientist.
By becoming registered, professional scientists agree to be bound by the Science Council’s Model Rules of Conduct for Registrants as well as the code of professional conduct of your Licensed Professional Membership Body.
Improve your chances of promotion
Registration is a mark of quality and competence that is sought after by employers. It commits you to standards of integrity and professional development that help you stand out from the crowd.
Become a leader within your field
Being professionally registered is a mark of excellence. And each of the Science Council’s registers reflects stages in your career as a scientist, encouraging you to work towards and eventually achieve the standards of professionalism of a Chartered Scientist.
Join a worldwide community of cross-disciplinary scientists
Our scientists are spread across many different countries, but they all share a commitment to professional excellence. When you become registered, you also join this community of other registered professional scientists.
Minimum Eligibility for making a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) application
Minimum Eligibility for making a Registered Scientist (RSci) application
Minimum Eligibility for making a Chartered Scientist (CSci) application
The Science Council will monitor the CPD of registrants annually and this is carried out through the Joint Monitoring Process (JMP)
The AAPT online CPD portfolio (Members Area) is a useful tool to record your CPD activity in line with Science Council requirements.
The AAPT hold CPD Focus evening webinars and a useful "How To" Guide on Reflection will also help you undertake CPD
Registrants must comply with the Science Council CPD Standards for Registrants which state that Registrants must:
Registrants’ CPD should be a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice and should include activities in at least three (exceptionally two) of the following categories:
Applicants will need to demonstrate competence across five areas. Guidance on what the assessors will be looking for under each competence is provided below but the examples are just indicative – there will be many other valid examples you can choose. You'll also find Supporter Guidance documents and other useful Do's and Dont's tips:
Here are some tips you should bear in mind when compiling your application:
Registrants will agree to be bound by the code of professional conduct of their Licensed Body as well as by the Science Council Model Rules of Conduct for Registrants which state that:
The Assessment Process
Applications for the awards must be made via the Science Council On-Line Application Process
Completed applications are assigned two assessors by the Science Council. Following assessment the AAPT will be sent the full application outcome for a final decision. If approved, a certificate showing your registration as a Science Council registered professional will be sent with a formal letter by the AAPT.
Should the AAPT feel that at this time, that unfortunately you do not meet the criteria you will be advised. If you wish to appeal this decision and have your application reconsidered, you must notify the AAPT Secretary in writing within a month of receiving the correspondence from us.
Appeals letters should state how you meet the standards and include evidence additional to your original submission, and be signed by both the original proposer and yourself.
All such appeals will be considered by the AAPT Executive Committee, whose decision is final.
The Science Council levies a fee for each member on the register. In addition to the AAPT membership subscription fee an annual payment of £46 for Chartered Scientist registration, £20.50 for Registered Scientist and £15.50 for Registered Science Technician will be payable.