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Top tips for successful applications

Although standards are high and applications are rejected because the applicants have insufficient levels of experience, many more are rejected because they fail to follow the guidelines or simply have not been prepared properly.

Here are some useful tips to consider when completing your application. They may seem obvious, but they reflect some of the common reasons for rejection:

  • Choose your supporters carefully, ask their permission first, brief them on the process and what to expect. This part of the process is not a formality. The majority of applications are delayed or rejected because supporters are not aware of what is expected of them
     
  • Don't make the panel work too hard or expect them to read between the lines - the ability to articulate your experience is part of the process
     
  • Make sure you highlight the physics, science or engineering aspects of you work
     
  • Stick to the word limits provided: don't test the panel's patience
     
  • Focus on the outcomes: What was your contribution to an activity, what did you gain from it. Don't make your application sound like a standard job description.
     
  • Be specific: the panel often have to request further information because applicants generalise - be specific in every detail.
     
  • Do follow all the instructions and complete every form/section asked of you. Failure to do so will not impress the panel and may delay your assessment. Use the flowchart at the beginning of the form to see what you need to complete.
     
  • Do take the CPD section seriously. It should be future focused, tailored to your own needs and those of your business and include measurable outcomes.
     
  • If your application is deferred or rejected, and you re-apply, make sure you specifically address the feedback given by the panel.
     
  • Take care with your grammar and spelling and make sure the information you provide is consistent across every form and on your CV.
     
  • Be aware that the panel will focus on both your technical and your leadership skills to see what level you are working at - the organisational chart is not considered in isolation.
     
  • Do ask colleagues who have been through the process for advice, particularly if yours is not a straightforward case (perhaps if you are having trouble finding supporters, or your work is classified).
     
  • Most of all, remember: you need to make the case as to why you should be given registered status

Contact the Professional Standards Team
Please email cpd@iop.org or call 020 7470 4800 for further information.