Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)
Are you an experienced technician with demonstratable skills and experience? Have you considered applying for a Registered Science Technician Award (RSciTech)?
The Registered Science Technician 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.
- 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
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 ONE of:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
£35 one-off application fee
£20 annual fee to maintain registered status, which will be added to your ASE membership renewal.
How to apply
or send cheque payable to 'The Association for Science Education' with your 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.
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.
- 7th November 2019 registrants will be confirmed after the Board meet on 23rd November 2019
- 17th January 2020 registrants will be confirmed after the Board meet on 1st February 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintaining your registered status
Registered Science Technicians are required to continually maintain and update their professional expertise and competence. A selection will required to submit their CPD for review by the Board, but these people will be notified by email during October/November.
Alternatively you can pay by direct debit with your membership or over the phone.
Selina Coleman RSciTech
"I wanted my experience and expertise to be recognised outside of the science department by other staff, parents and school governors."
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."
I live and work outside of the UK, can I still apply for this award?
Yes. There is no restriction on international members making an application for this award. We will assess equivalency with regards to your qualifications. Please note that all supporting documents need to be provided in an English Language format. You will need to provide translations if the original documents are in any other language.