Registered Scientist – RSci

RSci LogoThe IST is licensed by the Science Council to award Registered Scientist (RSci) status to appropriately qualified members.

The designation RSci is intended to ensure high and improving standards across all scientific disciplines, reflects best practice in science and sets a benchmark level throughout the science-based professions. RSci is aimed at those practicing science at full professional level and at those for whom scientific knowledge or practice at that level forms an essential element for the fulfillment of their role.

RSci is appropriate for staff in scientific and senior technical roles – candidates will typically (but not exclusively) be qualified to at least QCF level 5 and will be applying this knowledge to their roles. It provides recognition in its own right but can also be a springboard to CSci status

If accepted as a Registered Scientist, you will be entitled to the use the letters RSci after your name, subject to payment of an annual fee and on a yearly basis you will be required to re-validate your registration by demonstrating that you are still professionally active and that you have engaged in Professional and Personal Development.

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Minimum Criteria for Registered Scientist (RSci)

You must satisfy all the following:

a) be a professional member of the IST (i.e. Fellow or Member)
b) be able to demonstrate the following competencies

  • Application of knowledge and understanding
    Identify and use relevant scientific understanding, methods and skills to address broadly-defined, complex problems
  • Personal responsibility
    Exercise personal responsibility in planning and implementing tasks according to prescribed protocols
  • Interpersonal skills
    Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Professional practice
    Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods according to protocol
  • Professional standards
    Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards

c) hold a relevant qualification at QCF level 5. Candidates may also meet the requirement by a combination of learning through work and other qualifications and we have a qualifications/experience mapping document that may help with this.

Code of Conduct

Registered Science Technicians will agree to be bound by the Code of Professional Conduct of the IST.

Cost

Fees for registration and registration renewal are payable on an annual basis, the registration fee being in addition to the annual IST membership fee.  The fee for initial registration is £35, renewals having a reduced cost of £25 annually – (these payments includes the £15 Science Council registration fee).

Applying for RSci

If you wish to apply for Registered status and feel that you will be able to comply with all the requirements for registration you must submit the following to the IST (with whom you must already have existing membership).

  1. An application form
  2. A CV (useful CV templates are available at Europass’s website)
  3. Copies of original qualification certificates, if not already supplied with your initial IST membership application (Send either a copy of your certificate(s) notarised by one of your referees or send an original letter from the awarding body. Please do not send original certificates.)
  4. A Competencies report
  5. Details of two referees
  6. Payment

Further information about registration and all the relevant forms are available from the Downloads section on this page.

Your application will be assessed by two members of the IST.  The IST will endeavour to inform you within 28 days of receiving your application as to the decision of the assessment.  This may be one of three outcomes.

  1. Application successful – the IST will register you with the Science Council as a registrant – to remain on the register you must renew your registration each year
  2. Application was partially successful but more evidence is required to meet with the requirements.  You have three months to supply this evidence or your application will be rejected.  Upon receipt of additional required evidence your assessors will reassess leading to either a successful application or a failed application.
  3. The application was unsuccessful and you will not be registered.  We will issue advice as to how you may achieve registrant status in the future. Registrants have the right to appeal if they consider that the registration application outcome is incorrect (see IST Appeals Procedure)
Renewing your RSci Registration

Members wishing to retain their RSci designation must do so annually by keeping and submitting a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their PPD activities which:

  1. demonstrates that their PPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;
  2. seeks to ensure that their PPD has benefited the quality of their practice;
  3. seeks to ensure that their PPD has benefited the users of their work (employee, customer, student etc);
  4. they can present as a written profile containing the evidence of their PPD on request.

The PPD record should be submitted on the IST’s standard PPD form along with the necessary registration renewal fee of £25 (which includes the £15 Science Council registration fee). Please note that your IST membership will also need to remain up-to-date and payment for renewal of the membership subscription will also need to be made (the amount being dependent on your IST membsrhip level).

It is the registrant’s responsibility to ensure that renewal is completed by the relevant date, but the IST will endeavour to provide a reminder one month before the renewal date.

Further details about the renewal process and the relevant form is available from the Downloads section on this page.

If any further information or guidance is needed please do not hesitate to contact us via registrations@istonline.org.uk

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