My Experience of Professional Registration: Tom
Professional Registration Level:
Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)
Royal Society of Biology
Why I applied for professional registration:
As a chance to take stock of my progress and gain recognition of my development as a Technician, and to champion professional registration for other Technical Staff.
My overall experience:
It was definitely valuable – an opportunity to reflect on the things I’ve learned and the skills I’ve developed during my time as a technician and actually write them down as a record.
My low points:
My professional body was just as new to getting people registered as I was to registering, so the support was quite sporadic and not always immediately available.
My tops tips for others/what I learned from the experience:
- Other people's perspectives on what you’ve achieved is really useful - there’s so much that you don’t notice yourself doing that fit a range of the criteria for registration.
- Allocating an hour a week away from your usual work station to dedicate to filling it out breaks it down and stops distractions.
- Re-read what you’ve written - it can take a while to fill out and I’d forgotten what examples I’d included already!
- Don’t be afraid to use the same example more than once. One example might be relevant to multiple criteria.