September 21, 2021

Welcome to the IST

The IST is the professional body for specialist, technical and managerial staff. Whilst we have been serving our members for over 60 years, our aim is to continually move forward and expand our horizons so that we can best position ourselves to support our members, and the wider technical community, in respect of their needs within the ever-changing and challenging 21st century.

We reach out to provide focused support for technical practitioners, specialists and managers in the creative, digital, engineering and science technologies, working across a broad range of sectors including  industry, local authorities, schools, FE, HE, research/analytical/health facilities, government departments and organisations in the UK and overseas.

We are licenced by the Science Council to award to their science/technical registers at Chartered Scientist (CSci), Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) levels, and also provide professional registration as a Registered Practitioner for technical personnel for whom the the Science Council registers are not appropriate, at MIScT(Reg) or FIScT(Reg) level.

Come and join us and help us enhance career opportunities for the technical community. More information can be found in our Membership Section, or email

Professional Registration

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Looking to further your career?
Concerned about job security?
Feeling that your contribution and skills are not recognised?

The IST is firmly committed to enhancing professional development and recognition for technical and specialist staff at all levels and aims to help staff achieve these objectives by becoming Science Council Chartered Scientists (CSci) , Registered Scientists (RSci) or Registered Science Technicians (RSciTech), or for those working in a non-science environment Registered Practitioners, FIScT(Reg) or MIScT(Reg).

If you have any queries about professional registration please do not hesitate to contact us via


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Down’s Syndrome Association/Worfkit – IST’s Charity for 2018-2021

The Down’s Syndrome Association is the IST’s designated Charity for 2018-2021. Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is the only national charity in UK dealing with all aspects of Down’s syndrome aiming to help people with DS live full and rewarding lives.

The DSA services are accessible to all those with interest in the condition including helpline, training and assessments, resources, sports programme DSActive and successful employment programme – WorkFit.

WorkFit helps people with Down’s syndrome into employment by providing support and training for employers and employees, and the IST is proud to support the DSA and Workfit Inititaive. Please help us support them by making a donation.

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Our IST Technical Conference is virtual again this year – 15th Sept.2021. Come and join us, registratration is required, and we are NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING.
We look forward to seeing as many of the technical workforce as possible.
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It’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science today. Women and girls have a significant impact on the work in Science (as well as other disciplines) and should be recognised more for the great work they do, especially within the technical community: See MoreSee Less

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NASA technicians have successfully tested the James Webb Space Telescope so that it is ready for the journey into space! #technicians #MakeItHappenTechnicians have successfully tested our NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s Deployable Tower Assembly. Once in space, the tower will deploy to separate electronics & propulsion systems from the mirrors and sensors, which need to be very cold to perform optimal science: See MoreSee Less

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