Scientist Training

IPEM Clinical Scientist training programmes lead to the protected title of 'Clinical Scientist' by preparing the trainee for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The IPEM Part I Training Scheme is no longer open to new applicants and, with the introduction of Modernising Scientific Careers, has been superseded by the Scientist Training Programme (STP).

The IPEM Part II Training Scheme continues and applications are still invited.

Prospective registrants should note that the administration of registration is not undertaken by IPEM's office, rather, it is the responsibility of the Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) acting as agent for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). ACS' administrative office is located with the Association of Clinical Biochemists.  IPEM's staff will be happy to deal with any general enquiries but are not able to deal with specific ones. 

For more information regarding the ACS, please visit their website here.

For more information regarding the HCPC, please visit their website here.


The Part II Training Scheme to ACS Assessment via Route 1 and Route 2

Route 1 is followed by those who have completed the IPEM Part I Training Scheme.

Route 2 remains open for those who have not followed a formal training programme but who, through a combination of postgraduate learning and work, have built up a portfolio of experience that enables them to demonstrate all competencies as defined by the ACS.  It is unlikely that this can be achieved in less than 4 years of postgraduate experience but there will be wide variation in individual circumstances.  It is essential that an applicant's experience includes sufficient clinical exposure in a working environment.  This route requires possession of a first or second class Honours degree in a science subject appropriate to a clinical science modality awarded by a Higher Educational Institution in the United Kingdom or other, equivalent, approved qualification. The total experience is demonstrated by interview and assessment of a portfolio of evidence of training and experience to confirm attainment of the approved competences.  A successful interview and assessment results in the award of the ACS Certificate of Attainment which the candidate can then present to the HCPC in order to gain registration.

IPEM is committed to supporting Route 1 and Route 2 trainees to ACS assessment by offering the Part II Training Scheme.

If you are working in a relevant post and would like to apply to join the Part II Training Scheme to achieve ACS assessment please complete the application form here.   We will find an External Advisor to help mentor you through your training.  You can decide how much of their help you would like.

Your application should include a CV, job description and a training plan showing how you will achieve the ACS competences.  For more information regarding competences please visit the ACS website here.  The ACS website also has a very useful page of frequently asked questions here.

There is no charge for enrolment on IPEM's Part II Training Scheme but trainees must be Associate members of IPEM.  For more information on how to apply please click here.

If you have any queries please contact

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