Maintaining your professional registration
For all CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech registrants
Registrants are required to continually maintain and update their professional expertise and competence, and are 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 CSciTeach 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 Licenced 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.
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.
Professional Review Tips
There is no set way of presenting the evidence of your professional expertise and competence, but a CV or list of achievements will not suffice. Applicants could, for example, address each of the criteria as a series of bullet points with examples of impact, or combine them into a reflective narrative using a case study to show evidence of impact. 2 sides of A4 is the average length for a professional review.
Impact on teaching & learning The Registration Board is looking for evidence that those applying have engaged with reflection/scholarship/research that translates into an impact on teaching and learning in science. Eg “Because we introduced X, most teachers now do Y and in subjects/topics A and B, standards have risen” Evidence of impact can be qualitative or quantitative. Ask yourself the question “So what?”
This is one of the most important sections on the application form and should draw on evidence from section A. This is a section the Registration Board will pay particular attention to in looking for evidence of impact.
Applicants are encouraged to make explicit references to examples of articles or papers written, leadership and development of others, a CPD diary, examples of analysis of particular aspects of practice, etc.
Note for CSciTeach:
The assessors need to be shown clearly that those applying for CSciTeach have engaged with overarching reflection, scholarship and research that translates into impact on teaching and learning. CSciTeach is a Masters level equivalent award. If you would like someone with CSciTeach to help you complete your Professional Review before submittimg it to ASE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Renewing your award
There is an annual fee to renew your professional registration.
- Request CPD submission form - email email@example.com
- Renew your Professional Award online. Alternatively you can pay by direct debit with your membership or over the phone on 01707 283000.
Please note that those who do not renew their award annually will be removed from the register after due notice has been given.