We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you don't want to accept cookies, please change your browser settings.   Find out more

The Process of Application to the Register

What is the RCCP?

The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists holds the voluntary register for practitioners in six disciplines of Clinical Physiology. These are audiology, cardiac physiology, gastro-intestinal physiology, neurophysiology, respiratory physiology & sleep physiology. Our key aim is to ensure the highest levels of safety for patients of clinical physiologists.  Our key work strands include:
  • Maintaining and publishing a publicly accessible register of properly qualified members of the professions
  • Promoting awareness of the Register among employers and education providers
  • Working in partnership with professional bodies to promote the highest standards of professionalism
  • Approving high standards of education and training and continuing professional development
  • Investigating complaints and taking appropriate action
  • Campaigning for the introduction of statutory regulation of clinical physiologists to ensure that nobody can opt out of the patient safety measures that we provide 

How do I find out if I am eligible to join?

Please can view the guidance notes regarding the information required for graduate and standard applications.  However, you can contact us directly to talk to someone about your specific questions that may not be covered in our FAQ.  To ascertain your eligibility you should contact the RCCP Representative covering your modality – you will find their details on the home page of our website.  Select 'About' and 'Council Members' and choose the member most relevant to you.

How do I register?

There are currently three main routes to register:
  1. Graduate Entry from 2006 - A degree from a UK accredited RCCP programme incorporating both academic and professional training. This route is to be used within two years of graduation (if applying post two years of graduation you will use the Standard Entry online Application ).  Please see the Education Section of the website for information on accredited programmes.
  2. Standard Entry - Any applicant who followed a recognised training route in the UK will be considered on a case by case  basis  (accreditation of prior learning).
           If you do not conform to either of the above you will be assessed under the following:

     3.   Equivalence Entry - A minimum of 6 years training and experience within the UK with evidence
           provided to support competent practice and underpinning knowledge which is assessed by the
           professional representatives of each individual modality on a case by case basis
           (accreditation of prior learning).

If you have been educated and trained outside the UK but are now working as a clinical physiologist within the UK please complete the application for Standard Entry.  Your application will then be assessed by the professional representative of each individual modality on a case by case basis (accreditation of prior learning).

Which universities does RCCP recognise?

Please check the Education pages on our website see the list of accredited universities for the degree types below :

RCCP Accredited Higher Education Provider List for Healthcare Science Degrees
RCCP Accredited Higher Education Provider List for Clinical Physiology Degrees
RCCP Accredited Higher Education Provider List of Post-Graduate Programmes

If you have a qualification which is not on our list, please still contact us so that we can consider your situation.

Please note that an online application must be completed and submitted within a period of 6 months.  If it has not been submitted within 6 months of starting the application then the incomplete application will be removed.  

International Applicants
If you are applying to work in the UK but are not resident you can apply for provisional acceptance to the RCCP Register to assist your application for employment.  Please follow this link for more information.

Returning to Practice
If you are returning to practice after a career break please click here . This also includes information on the reactivation process.

GDPR  & Data Protection 
Please follow this link to the RCCP GDPR Policy for details regarding information held about registrants.

Remaining on the Register 
Standards & Continuous Professional Development

Please note: The names of all Active Registrants will be included on the public Register unless the RCCP has granted an extraordinary exception to an individual on the basis of safety or Security. Please contact our administration team  for more information. Please click here for the RCCP's Policy for the Publication of Registrants names.
Frequently Asked Questions for Applying to the Register and Renewals

To protect the public, the RCCP sets standards and provides the following guidance that all its registrants have to meet. These include:

Standards of Proficiency
Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
Guidance on Continuing Professional Development
Guidelines for Accreditation


Want to know more about RCCP CPD?

All of our registrants must abide by these standards. If you feel that you’ve been treated by an RCCP registered clinical physiologist who has not met these standards, please contact us to let us know. Please click here for information on how to raise a concern.
Share on facebook Tweet Plus One Share on LinkedIn

Policy on removing someone from the RCCP Register

This policy document sets out the circumstances and procedure under which an individual will be removed from the register.

How to Submit an Application to the Register

Check the Latest Guidance Notes to help you with your application

Latest Guidance Notes

Use the Guidance Notes to help you complete your application to the Register

Table of Fees

Here you will find information on the fees for registration. Please note that fees are non-refundable for any application submitted

Appeals Procedure

The procedure for making appeals in respect of a decision of the Council on an application to join the voluntary register can be found here

View More Articles