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Top tips for successful applications


To help you successfully complete your application for professional registration please consider the following.

1. Choose your supporters carefully – question whether they will be willing to support your application. Explain the application process and their contribution to the process. Unfortunately, a large number of applications are delayed, or rejected, because supporters are not aware of the significance of their input. For more information, please visit our supporters page (new link).

2. Your application is an expansion of your career history, not a summary of your role. It should be a narrative report with sufficient evidence. Avoid using bullet points or unsubstantiated statements.

3. You need to account for any gaps in your employment history. Career breaks are not unusual, but they should be addressed in your application.

4. As part of the application process, you are required to provide evidence of relevant qualifications, so make sure you have these to hand.

5. The CPD section – ensure you describe the CPD you have undertaken in the last few years and include your development plan for the next five years. It should explain what your goals are and how you will achieve them.

6. Your organisational chart or statement of accountability should show or outline the structure of your current employer or the projects you are involved in. Illustrate or outline two levels above and below your role. As a minimum, it should also include: 

  • your position within your current employer’s company structure or the structure of the project
  • supporter(s) and where they feature in relation to you
  • any direct reports you have in your current role

7. Assessors are looking for evidence of your professional development and personal contributions to physics, engineering, or science projects. Therefore you need to clearly explain the project(s) and your role/contribution to the project(s).

8. Professional review section – this is the main part of the application form and is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the requirements for professional registration. In this section you should:

  • refer to the competences and explain how your experience matches them
  • provide a description of what you were responsible for and what you actually did in each of your roles, for example, “I implemented, I designed, I oversaw, I managed”.
  • think STAR – describe the Situation that needed your professional input, the Tasks you had to carry out, the Actions you undertook, and the Results achieved
  • ensure you explain all acronyms and abbreviations
  • highlight how you’ve developed or maintained your competence. Refer to any training and work-based learning that has supported your development
  • consider the impact of your contribution
  • be mindful of the word limit as brevity is valued, so don’t see the word limit as a target

Contact the Membership Team
Please email [email protected] or call 020 7470 4800 for further information.