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Registered Scientist (RSci)

Talking about my RSci award really focussed me when preparing for interview, ensuring that I had already reflected on my CPD. - Registered Scientist

Have you improved as a teacher since you began? Have you got a science degree, qualified teacher status and been teaching for a minimum of two years? Have you considered applying for a Registered Scientist  Award (RSci)? RSci is a formal stepping stone to show improvement in your standard from qualifying and is available as a benefit of ASE membership. 

Registered Scientist is a registered mark recognising excellence in science teaching and learning. We are licensed by the Science Council to award RSci to eligible members. If you are not yet a member of ASE, you can join onlineRSci applicants must be active in science teaching and learning in the UK or overseas. This includes teachers in all state and independent schools, colleges and universities, as well as advisers, inspectors, consultants and researchers.


The designation of RSci benefits all those concerned with science teaching as a profession.

For you

  • Provides a pathway to become a Chartered Science Teacher
  • Provides recognition of your expertise, experience and commitment
  • Provides a framework to support your future career development
  • Provides wider recognition for your skills 
  • Demonstrates your commitment to employers, colleagues and clients
  • Creates a broader community of scientists working across a huge range of sectors and disciplines

For others

RSci is of value to:

  • Employers, who can be confident of the quality of a prospective employee
  • Government departments seeking to appoint advisers or consultants, which can be assured about the professional practice of an applicant
  • Regulatory Authorities, which can be confident in specifying the designation in Acts of Parliament and regulations
  • Parents, governors and other members of society who can be more confident in the competence of an individual


To be eligible to apply for RSci you must:

  • Be an ASE member
  • Hold a QCF Level 5 qualification. For example a Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) or Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Be able to demonstrate the following key competencies:
    • Application of knowledge and understanding
    • Personal responsibility
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Professional practice
    • Professional standards
  • Agree to an annual CPD review
  • Agree to the Code of Conduct of the licensed body (ASE) 

How to apply

There are two routes to apply to become a Registered Scientist.

1. Download and complete the form for your chosen route:

  • Standard Route (£25)

    For teachers who have 2 years, an honours degree in science and QTS status. 

  • Full application (£50)

    For teachers and technicians who do not meet the standard route criteria but meet the requirements by a combination of work-based learning and other qualifications.

Form tip: Use the guidance notes on the right hand side of the form and add the text required which is highlighted in bold.

2. Pay initial application fee online or send payment with your application form

3. Submit to with copies of your certificates (compulsory)

Your application will be reviewed at the next appropriate Registration Board. You may be asked for additional evidence or clarification at any stage in the application process.

Upcoming deadlines: 

  • 21 September 2015 registrants will be confirmed after the board meets on 3 October 2015
  • 15 February 2016 registrants will be confirmed after the board meets on 27 February 2016

There is a £20 annual fee to maintain registered status. This will be added to your ASE membership renewal.

See the full criteria approved by the Science Council.


Please get in touch if you need any help with your application, including informal feedback on your draft application, please contact

Maintaining your registered status

Registered Scientists are required to continually maintain and update their professional expertise and competence.

Find out more about the CPD Standards and our tips for the annual review.

Renewing your award

  1. You can Renew your award online, the charge will be visible via this link. Alternatively you can pay by direct debit with your membership or over the phone
  2. Download and complete the CPD submission form and email to

Case Sudies

Dr Bernie Major RSci

"I applied for the award to gain some external recognition for the various teaching and learning activities I have undertaken and also to highlight the importance of continuing professional development to science teachers."

Download Bernie's Casestudy

Key Documents

CRST2 General Requirements
CRST4 Information for applicants
CRST5 Supporter Information
CRST7 Appeals Procedures
CRST8 Code of Conduct
CRST9 Disciplinary
CRST10 Appeals disciplinary
CRST11 CPD Scheme