Requirements to register with HCPC
English language proficiency
All applicants enrolling through the overseas route must confirm their English language proficiency, according to the HCPC. Working as a health professional in the United Kingdom necessitates the ability to communicate effectively in English. You will be requested to present a certificate from an English language competency exam that reveals your score as part of your application to demonstrate this.
The following certificates of English language proficiency are accepted by HCPC, as long as they are not older than two years when your application is submitted.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (*TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (IBT)
*HCPC will not accept any TOEFL test score undertaken in the UK.
Required scores for all professions except Speech and Language Therapists
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7.0 with no element below 6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (IBT): A minimum score of 100/120
Speech and Language Therapists
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 8.0 with no element below 7.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (IBT): A minimum score of 118/120
Level of educational qualification for entry to the Register
Bachelor's degree with honours for:
Biomedical scientists (with the Certificate of Competency awarded by the Institute of Biomedical Science or equivalent)
Chiropodists / Podiatrists
Prosthetists / Orthotists
Speech and Language Therapists
Diploma of Higher Education for operating department practitioners
Foundation degree for hearing aid dispensers
Master's degree for:
Clinical Scientists (with the Certificate of Attainment awarded by the Association of Clinical Scientists, or equivalent)
Forensic Psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology, or equivalent)
Health Psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in health psychology, or equivalent)
Occupational Psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in occupational psychology, or equivalent)
Sport and Exercise Psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in sport and exercise psychology, or equivalent)
Professional Doctorate, or equivalent for:
Process and timelines for reviewing international applications
Step 1: Apply and Pay the Scrutiny Fee
You must provide basic information and upload appropriate documents to the online application portal in order to submit the application.
Following the submission of your application, an online link will be issued for you to complete your £539.65 application scrutiny payment via the WorldPay payment facility. The link is only valid for 72 hours, and it can only be generated once for each application. You can still make a payment via bank transfer or over the phone if you are unable to pay within this timeframe. An automated payment confirmation email will be issued to you after your payment via the link is successful. A payment made by bank transfer or over the phone, on the other hand, will not be confirmed via mail.
If any information or documentation is missing, HCPC will contact you by mail.
Step 2: Initial Review & Verification Checks
Your application will be sent to the verification checks once your scrutiny fee is paid. HCPC will send you an email to confirm. The goal of the regulator is to finish this within four weeks of receiving a complete application. During this stage, the regulator will contact your educational institution, any relevant regulatory or professional organisations, and any professional referrals. The process is part of verifying the information that you have provided. HCPC will not wait to hear from these contacts before moving on to the next stage of your application. You are not compelled to take any action until the HCPC has informed you of the outcome of the procedure's next stage.
Step 3: Assessment Review of Education and Training
The examination of your regulated education and training, as well as any additional applicable education, training, or experience, is the next step.
The regulator's goal is to finish this process within 60 working days of receiving a complete application.
Your application will be sent to two assessors from the Register section to which you are applying. Before providing a recommendation, they will take into account all of the information you have provided. They will first assess your regulated education and training to the HCPC's competency standards. If any shortfalls are discovered, they will investigate to see if they can be filled with additional appropriate education, training, or experience. The Education and Training Committee (ETC) will then receive their suggestion. This suggestion will be examined by the ETC, who will then communicate their decision to you.
Please note that the HCPC can only make a decision based on the data supplied in the application. To collect more information about your training or job experience, the regulator does not contact referees, training institutions, or employers. The HCPC will try to issue you a Record of Assessment within 60 days of receiving your application.
Step 4: Additional or Further Information
You may receive a request for additional information in your Record of Assessment, which you must give to HCPC in order for your application to proceed. This will almost certainly increase the time it takes for your application to be processed. As a result, it is essential that you submit your application with as much pertinent information as possible.
Step 5: Outcome and Registration Fee
If your application is approved, you must pay a final fee. This is the registration fee for your profession's registration cycle, which begins when you join the Register and ends when you leave. You will receive a WorldPay link to pay this.
The HCPC's service level goal for assessment is 60 working days after receiving a complete application. This, however, is subject to delays and is determined by the volume of applications under evaluation at any particular time. The regulator aims to complete the initial review within four weeks of receiving a comprehensive application. The process may take longer if further checks are required or if the regulator has not received the required information.
If HCPC requires additional information, they will contact you through email, as well as when your application reaches each level.
HCPC Registration Support
We have a specialised team to support you on your HCPC registration. Please contact the registration support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.