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Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)

logoAre you an experienced technician with demonstratable skills and experience? Have you considered applying for a Registered Science Technician Award (RSciTech)

Registered Science Teachnician Award (RSciTech) is a registered mark recognising excellence for technicians working in science education. We are licensed by the Science Council to award RSciTech to eligible members. If you are not yet a member of ASE, you can join online


The designation of RSciTech benefits all those concerned with science education.

For you

  • 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

RSciTech is of value to:

  • Employers, who can be confident of the quality of a prospective employee
  • Professionals, ensures professional recognition and development for technicians working across science from education to industry
  • 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 RSciTech you must:

  • Be an ASE member
  • Have either:
    • relevant qualification at QCF Level 3, e.g. NVQ Level 3, Vocational Qualifications Level 3, GCE AS and A Level or Advanced Diplomas. A technician who holds the LATA NVQ at level 3 is likely to meet the criteria for the award.


    • Have a combination of work-based experience and other qualifications. 

      Those with a qualification at QCF level 3, or with less than 50% course content in science, are required to typically have at least two years relevant experience. OR If you do not meet the above criteria, you will normally need four years relevant and demonstrable experience.

    • Application of knowledge and understanding
    • Personal responsibility
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Professional practice
    • Professional standards
  • Agree to an annual CPD review


£35 one-off application fee
£20 annual fee to maintain chartered status, which will be added to your ASE membership renewal.

How to apply

1. Download and complete the application form

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 cheque payable to 'The Association for Science Education' 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.


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 Science Technicians 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. 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

Selina Coleman RSciTech

"I wanted my experience and expertise to be recognised outside of the science department by other staff, parents and school governors."

Download Selina's case study

Michelle McGaughey RSciTech

"After 29 years working as a Science Technician and seen the job evolve and change so much, I saw the award as an excellent opportunity for the skills and professionalism of Science Technicians to be acknowledged."

Download Michelle's case study

Key Documents

We aim to support you throughout your application and registration, however we do have in place an appeals system and a disciplinary procedure.

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