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ASE launches new registers for teachers and technicians

2 April 2012

SCIENCE teachers' and technicians’ careers have today received a significant boost as the Association for Science Education launches two new professional registers.

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As one of the first professional bodies to receive a licence from the Science Council to award the accolades, the ASE has now opened the application process for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci).

To mark the launch of the new registers, ASE members who meet the criteria can fast track their registration during 2012 only, at a reduced cost! Becoming an ASE member to take advantage of this offer is easy. 

RSci is a unique opportunity for early career teachers to demonstrate commitment to their profession. Teachers with two years’ experience, an Honours degree in science and QTS status, are eligible to apply using the fast-track route.

RSciTech comes after years of the ASE calling for better recognition of the valuable work done by technicians, particularly in the facilitation of meaningful practical science. Technicians need five years’ experience and a LATA NVQ at level 3 to apply using the fast-track process.

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Both registers demonstrate that their recipients are at the forefront of their profession and have the knowledge, experience and professionalism sought by employers and demanded by the public.

They are aimed at raising the professional standing of those working to advance science and its applications and will run alongside the prestigious Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach).

ASE’s Chief Executive Annette Smith said: “We recognise that Chartered Science Teachers have reached the Gold Standard in science education.

“I am delighted that we can now also offer professional recognition to our technician members and those on their way to CSciTeach.

“This will be a valuable indication to employers of an individual’s commitment to the profession.”

The launch comes in the wake of a report from the Technician’s Council indicating an alarming skills gap between the current number of technicians in the UK and the 450,000 that will be needed by 2020 to underpin a growing innovation economy. RSciTech aims to help address this by raising the profile of technicians and attracting more young people to the role.

The registers provide a framework to support future career development and provide wider recognition for skills gained through work.

Full details of the criteria and how to apply are available here and on the Professional Registers in Science website.