How to join the register

The RCT is open to all UK-based persons employed, or seeking employment, in a technical role in the field of medical physics, clinical engineering, medical equipment maintenance or medical equipment manufacturing.

The standards for entry to the RCT are contained in the Scope of Practice document which lists the specialised tasks which the technologist must be competent to carry out and in The Degree Programme in Clinical Technology for the indicative knowledge on which these skills are based. Those following the primary route to registration, by completing an approved training course, will be assessed by their institution as meeting these standards. Those following an equivalence route will have an equivalence assessment using the RCT equivalence standards for engineering or physics depending on their area of work and Good Scientific Practice. These standards match those in the Scope of Practice.

Below is a comprehensive description of how to apply for registration.

Before you start your application ensure that you check the eligibility chart and the education and training information. The entry criteria are strict and are set out clearly in this document.

To apply under the primary criterion you will need to send us (electronically):

  1. A PDF copy of all educational and training certificates (which must be initialled by both proposers). You shouldn’t send certificates relating to short courses lasting one week or less.
  2. A PDF copy of a detailed curriculum vitae which describes your education and work experience. This should list all posts held including dates, job title, grade (if appropriate) and brief details of the duties of each post. It should also include all educational and other achievements and details of any training undertaken.
  3. A PDF copy of an organisation chart showing your position in your current post (this must be initialled by both proposers).
  4. A completed direct debit application form (please ensure that you tick the relevant boxes referring to the collection of fees).

Applications must be submitted electronically to,  via secure file transfer,  zipped file sent by email, or can be submitted on a secure USB to the address below.  Please submit all documentation in PDF form. Please refer to the Guidance Notes for further information. Paper applications cannot be accepted, or returned.

** Please note that we are not accepting USB’s through the post at present. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the IPEM office is currently closed and staff are working remotely **

Once your application is received, we will set up your direct debit in respect of the application fee. If you choose not to pay your application fee via direct debit, we will issue an invoice and email you with instructions on how to pay the fee. Please ensure that you tick the relevant box/es on the direct debit application form to avoid delays. All renewals must be paid by direct debit. If your first renewal does not fall within 13 months of the payment of your application fee, you will need to pay the application fee online. All renewal fees are due on 1st January.

Please note that we no longer be accept cheques for payment.

We must have all of the above documentation in order to process your application. On completion of the assessment process applications cannot be returned and USB’s etc. will be securely disposed of.

Please ensure that you read the guidelines prior to completing your application.

Guidance Notes

Application Form

Re-Admission to the register

In cases where a re-application is required (if you have previously been on the register and your registration has lapsed or been cancelled), you must complete the Application for Re-Admission form and submit this electronically with all required accompanying documentation (as advised above), ensuring that you apply under the current criteria. A full application is required, the same as that of a first time applicant. If you are re-applying via the Equivalence route this entails submitting additional documentation, including a portfolio. Please see the Equivalence Route pages for further information:

Equivalence route – for those working in Engineering

Equivalence route – for those working in Physics

Please also see the Guidance Notes for full details.

Application process

Once your application is received it will be sent for assessment by one of our panel of experienced assessors (two assessors for Equivalence applications). On completion of this process we will write to you with the outcome. If your application is successful you will be sent a one off certificate which you should keep as this is not replaced annually. Your name will also be added to the online register. Registration is renewable annually from 1 January and must be renewed by 31 January.

Equivalence route

For those who have gained experience or qualifications outside of the primary criterion there is still the possibility of entry to the register via the equivalence route. For this you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio of evidence, that your knowledge and skills are equivalent to the register’s standards. You may be required to attend a professional review before your eligibility can be confirmed. Details of the equivalence route are available on the website for both engineering and physics.


If you wish to appeal against a decision made by the RCT in relation to an application, you should write to the registrar at the address below (telephone calls are not acceptable).  This should be done within thirty days of the disputed decision.  You should explain, in detail, the reasons for your appeal.  Please note that only candidates can appeal against a decision made by the RCT.  No one can appeal on your behalf.  We will endeavor to deal with your appeal within a period of thirty days from receipt.

The Registrar
The Register of Clinical Technologists
Fairmount House
230 Tadcaster Road
YO24 1ES

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