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How to Apply for HCPC Registration: Process and Costs


HCPC Registration Process & Costs

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the regulatory body that oversees and registers a range of health care professions in the UK. The process of applying to become HCPC registered involves the following steps:


Please note that as of September 2023 there have been changes to the Standards of Proficiency.


  1. Qualification: First, you must have the relevant qualification(s) for the profession you wish to register with. The HCPC website provides detailed information on the specific qualifications required for each profession.

  2. Application form: Next, you need to complete an online application form on the HCPC website, providing personal details, education and training history, and professional references.

  3. Supporting documents: You must submit supporting documents that prove your identity, such as a passport or driving licence, and your qualification(s), such as degree certificates or transcripts.

  4. Registration fees: There is an application fee that varies depending on the profession you are applying for, and an annual registration fee that you must pay to remain on the HCPC register.

  5. Health declaration: You must declare any relevant health issues that could impact your ability to practice safely.

  6. Criminal record check: You must undergo a criminal record check (DBS check) to ensure you do not have any convictions or cautions that would prevent you from working in the profession.

  7. Professional standards: You must agree to adhere to the HCPC's professional standards and codes of conduct.

The cost of applying to become HCPC registered for international candidates is currently £539.40 scrutiny fee (accurate as of 2023) with an annual registration fee of £117.74. If you are looking to move to the UK we highly recommend that you start you HCPC registration process as soon as possible. The process can take as long as 6 months and you will not be able to practice in the UK until you are registered.


Here are some additional tips for becoming HCPC registered:

  • Make sure you have all of the required documentation before you start your application.

  • Be honest and complete in your application form.

  • Provide clear and concise supporting documents.

  • Pay the application fee on time.

  • Respond promptly to any requests for further information from the HCPC.


The following professions require registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice in the UK:


  • Arts therapist: A degree in arts therapy from a university or college that is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

  • Biomedical scientist: A degree in biomedical science from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Chiropodist/podiatrist: A degree in chiropody or podiatry from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Clinical scientist: A degree in clinical science from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Dietitian: A degree in dietetics from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Hearing aid dispenser: A degree in hearing aid dispensing from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Occupational therapist: A degree in occupational therapy from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Operating department practitioner: A degree in operating department practice from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Orthoptist: A degree in orthoptics from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Paramedic: A degree in paramedic science from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Physiotherapist: A degree in physiotherapy from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Practitioner psychologist: A doctorate in clinical psychology from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Prosthetist/orthotist: A degree in prosthetics and orthotics from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Radiographer: A degree in diagnostic radiography from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

  • Speech and language therapist: A degree in speech and language therapy from a university or college that is accredited by the HCPC.

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