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Registered Scientist (RSci)
Registered Scientists work in a variety of scientific and higher technical roles.

To become a Registered Scientist, you will need to demonstrate you are able to work autonomously and apply your scientific knowledge in new areas. Once registered, you must maintain your status through meeting continuing professional development requirements each year.

You will need to demonstrate competence across five areas by providing examples from your working life, usually within the past five years, that illustrate how you have met each standard. These are then assessed either online or in a face-to-face interview.

Those five areas are:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Personal responsibility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Professionalism
  • Professional standards

For more information on the competences please click here. This guide provides you with examples on how to approach your answers.

When you feel you are ready to apply, follow this link RSci online application form. If you are already an IOP member then you will need to use your IOP login details. If you are not yet a member of the IOP you will need to go through the Associate, Member or Fellow application process first. Once this has been completed you will be able to progress with your RSci application

Guidance on supporters
For all levels of registration, you are required to provide two supporters. These supporters must be able to verify the information in your application. Sometimes it may be necessary to provide the details of a third supporter however this is optional. While it is preferable if your supporter is themselves professionally registered it is not mandatory.

Areas to consider when choosing your supporters:

First supporter:  this must be someone who knows you or has known you professionally, working at a senior level to you and with direct knowledge of your role and responsibilities.  This could be fulfilled by your current line manager, employer, head of department or faculty, head teacher or training scheme mentor.

Second supporter: a supporter who knows or has known you professionally at a relevant point in your career. 

Optional third supporter: a third supporter may be necessary if your application covers periods spent at several different organisations or you undertake consultancy work.

Please ensure that between them, your supporters are willing and able to verify your experience. They should be contactable by email for several months after you submit your application. Supporters will be sent links to the form they need to complete online via a generic IOP email address. Please ask your supporters to provide an email address that doesn’t have a high firewall as this can delay your application.

Contact the Membership Team
If you have any queries please email [email protected] or call 020 7470 4800 for further information.