Maintaining your RSciTech status
Registered Science Technicians (RSciTech) are required to continually maintain and update their professional expertise and competence, and are now required to revalidate their award on an annual basis by showing:
- participation in appropriate continuing professional development
- continuing practice such that knowledge and competence of science teaching and learning at an appropriate level, have formed the basis for the fulfilment of their role
- maintenance of ASE membership and RSciTech registration
In order to retain the RSci, RSciTech and CSciTeach status, all registrants who wish to renew their registration, must make an annual declaration to ASE as the Licensed Body that they comply with the Science Council CPD standard. This statement will normally be captured at the time of renewal and in any case, by 31st December each year.
To submit your annual CPD record online click here.
To help you complete the CPD record online there is a guide below which takes you through the steps of filling in the form online. In addition, there are some examples that help define each of 5 areas that you might find helpful, and a document which explains the thinking behind the scheme as applied to RSciTech.
The 5 Standards for CPD revalidation
Standard S1 A registrant must maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities This standard is met if there is evidence that the registrant has maintained a record of their cpd activities and by completing the online CPD record which includes a brief summary of all the cpd activities they have undertaken.
Standard S2 A registrant must demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice. The standard is met if the registrant’s CPD includes activities in at least three (exceptionally two) of the following categories and that there is evidence that the registrant’s cpd activities are relevant to their current or future practice.
S2.1. Work based learning (e.g. supervising staff / students, reflective practice)
S2.2. Professional activity (e.g. involvement in a professional body, mentoring)
S2.3. Formal / Educational (e.g. writing articles / papers, further education)
S2.4. Self-directed learning (e.g. reading journals, reviewing books / articles)
S2.5. Other (e.g. voluntary work, public service)
Standard S3 A registrant must seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice. The standard is met if the registrant’s personal statement shows that their cpd activities have improved the quality of their work and this is backed up by evidence or they believe that their CPD might improve the quality of their work, but this had not been the case. The registrant’s statement must show that they have considered why this has happened, and what they will do next to make sure their cpd will improve the quality of their work in the future.
Standard S4 Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the users of the service (employee, customer, student etc). The standard is met if the registrant has shown (through evidence provided or an explanation given) how their cpd activities have benefited users of their service, either directly or indirectly.
Standard S5 Present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD upon request The standard is met if the registrant has sent in a complete profile by the deadline.
Please note that those who do not renew their award annually will be removed from the register after due notice has been given. The requirents on the Registration Board to monitor CPD returns is outlined in the Science Council guidance included in the documents listed below.
Click here to renew your RSciTech Award if you have received a renewal letter in the post, the charge will be visible via this link.
- How to complete the CPD return
This document provides a template to ensure you meet the standard and you can use this to complete your CPD return off-line before cutting and pasting content into your CPD return on-line
- Exemplar CPD return
This was an exemplar CPD return from the 2011 cohort. There are some changes proposed to the form for 2012 which are highlighted in BOLD which are additional to the advice sent out previously.
- How to complete the CPD return online
Guide to completing your annual CPD record online
- Science Council Monitoring of CPD
This guidance has been produced to set out Licensed Bodies’ responsibilities in monitoring and auditing the CPD of their Chartered Scientists in line with the amendments to Regulation 27 that were agreed at the Full Council meeting on 9th June 2010. Licensed Bodies are required to comply fully with this guidance by 2012 and during the interim period will be expected to demonstrate how they are moving towards compliance.