Education and training

Entry to the accredited Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT) is through a formal application process which is assessed against a strict set of criteria. Each applicant must demonstrate that they meet the standards by successfully completing an agreed training scheme (the ‘primary route’) or by demonstrating equivalence (the ‘equivalence route’).

The standards for entry via the primary route are contained in the:

The standards for entry via the equivalence route are contained in the:

Approved educational programmes

There are specific training schemes for clinical technologists and the RCT currently has two approved training scheme providers:

The educational programmes listed in the table below directly support the two approved training schemes. Other routes into the training scheme are available to those with existing relevant science or engineering qualifications. To achieve RCT eligibility it is expected that, in addition to successfully completing the educational programme, a workplace competency programme administered by IPEM or ART will also be successfully completed.

Course Course type Subject areas Training scheme provider
Castle College Nottingham / De Montfort University



Vocational Degree



Nuclear Medicine

Radiotherapy Physics

Radiation Physics




Coventry University Vocational Degree Rehabilitation Engineering IPEM
Coventry University Graduate Diploma Rehabilitation Engineering IPEM
Swansea University Vocational Degree Nuclear Medicine

Radiotherapy Physics

Radiation Physics

Salford University Post Graduate Diploma Nuclear Medicine IPEM
Bradford University Modular Short Courses Renal Technology ART

Additional training programme approved through IPEM training scheme:

MSc Radiotherapy Physics (Dosimetry Pilot) Early Implementer Practitioner Training Programme (London)

Approved Practitioner Training Programme (PTP)

The RCT also recognises the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) as a route to registration and, as such, the degree courses and their associated workplace training programmes are also recognised for registration purposes. For up to date MSC accredited courses and information click here.

If you require any further information please contact the Registrar.

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