Getting on the HCPC Register: A Guide for Allied Health Professionals

The path to becoming an allied health professional is paved with dedication, hard work, and a vital milestone: securing your spot on the official healthcare register. This registration is not simply a badge of honour; it is the gateway to practicing your profession and ensuring the public's health and safety. 

This essential guide is crafted to explain the process of getting on the HCPC register for aspiring allied health professionals in the UK. We'll walk you through the ins and outs of the registration process to help you transition smoothly from student to skilled healthcare provider. 

What is the HCPC?

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulatory body in the United Kingdom that oversees the standards and practices of various health and care professions. Established to protect the public, the HCPC ensures that professionals meet the required standards of training, professional skills, behaviour, and health. It covers a wide range of professions including, but not limited to, physiotherapists, radiographers, occupational therapists, and dieticians.

The HCPC also maintains a register of health and care professionals who have met the necessary standards to practice. This register stores the details of professionals who meet the required standards. It is publicly accessible, allowing employers, patients, and the public to verify the registration status of practitioners.

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What is the Registration Process?

As an allied health professional trained in the UK, here are the steps to take to get registered:

1. Determine Your Eligibility

Before starting the registration process, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Typically, you must have completed an HCPC-approved programme relevant to your profession. These programmes provide the necessary training and skills to meet the standards of proficiency required by the HCPC.

2. Gather Necessary Documentation

  • Proof of identity (e.g., passport, driver's license)
  • Proof of address
  • Evidence of qualifications (e.g., degree certificates, transcripts)
  • Proof of any additional training or certification
  • Professional references or testimonial

3. Complete the Application Form

4. Pay the Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee is required to process your application. The registration fee is comprised of the application scrutiny fee and the fee for your first year of registration. The scrutiny fee is a one-off non-refundable payment of £81.45, which is the fee to process your application. It is a one-off payment that must be paid in full. HCPC’s registration cycles are made up of two 'professional years'. The fee for the full two-year registration cycle is £232.72, which is £116.36 per year. If you join the Register within the second year of your registration cycle, only one year will be payable.

5. Submit Your Application

Once your application form is complete and the fee is paid, submit your application through the HCPC portal. Ensure that all your supporting documents are included. The HCPC may contact you if additional information is required.

6. Undergo Verification and Assessment

After submission, your application will undergo a verification and assessment process. The HCPC will review your qualifications, professional experience, and other relevant factors to ensure you meet their standards. This process can take several weeks, so patience is necessary.

7. Await the Decision

The HCPC will notify you of their decision once the assessment is complete. If your application is successful, you will be added to the HCPC register, and you will receive confirmation of your registration. If there are issues with your application, the HCPC will provide guidance on the next steps or additional information required.

8. Maintain Your Registration

Note: If you are a Chiropodist/Podiatrist or a Hearing Aid Dispenser, you need to renew your registration by July 31, 2024. Additionally, Operating Department Practitioners must complete their renewal by November 2024.


Registering with the HCPC as an allied healthcare professional trained in the UK is a comprehensive process designed to ensure that only qualified and competent practitioners are allowed to practice. By following these steps diligently, you can successfully navigate the registration process and begin your professional career with confidence.

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