Maintaining professional recognition
When you apply to become registered, you make a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD). This involves any activity that maintains and develops your professional knowledge and skills – for example, attending talks or presentations, work-based training, reading relevant publications, and a performance review (including setting targets / objectives) with a line manager.
Registrants commit to maintain a record of their CPD activities. You may be selected for revalidation; if so, you'll be asked to submit a report describing your relevant learning activities in three of the following five areas:
- Work-based learning (for example, supervising staff / students, reflective practice)
- Professional activity (involvement in a professional body, mentoring)
- Formal / educational (writing articles / papers, further education)
- Self-directed learning (reading journals, reviewing books / articles)
- Other (voluntary work, public service)
CPD activities can be logged using our free online CPD recording tool.
Retain registered status
If you're selected for revalidation, and wish to retain your registered status, you'll be sent a revalidation form. Please make sure you complete the form as specified, including the required information, and submit it by the indicated deadline.
You'll find some points to consider when completing the form in the RSci and RSciTech revalidation guidance documents.
RSci and RSciTech revalidation guidance documents
The standards that have to be met in order to maintain your registered status are:
- A registrant must maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities
- A registrant must demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
- A registrant must seek to ensure that their CPD has benefitted the quality of their practice
- A registrant must seek to ensure that their CPD has benefitted the users of their work (for example employees, customers, students)
- A registrant must present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD upon request