We are currently accepting international applications via post, addressed to the Registration Department.
International applications process
1 Submit forms and scrutiny fee
2 Receive confirmation letter and reference number
3 Processing and assessment
4 Decision letter
All applicants will receive a decision letter notifying them about the outcome of their application. In successful cases this will confirm their addition to the Register.
The whole process can take approximately 60 working days from receipt of your complete application. We will send you a letter confirming receipt of your application and payment. If your application and payment are accepted for processing, we will undertake the initial processing of your application within four weeks (this includes background checks). The next stage is the assessment of your education, training and experience.
We undertake the initial processing within four weeks (this includes background checks). If further checks are needed or we do not receive the information we require, the process may take longer. We will contact you by email if we require any additional information from you.
If you submit documents that are not in English, you must also provide us with certified official translations. If you are applying from abroad, the British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission may be able to help you find a translator. In the UK, your own Embassy, Consulate or High Commission may be able to help.
Read the Standards of proficiency
Before you apply you must ensure that you read and understand the Standards of proficiency for your chosen profession. It is extremely important that you do this, as your application will be assessed against these.
Include as much as possible
Include as much relevant information as possible in your application. If we require more information about your experience, education or training, we will need to do this in writing via a Record of Assessment, after which you will be able to find and send the requested information. This often causes the process to take significantly more time.
Detail all your experience
HCPC does not comment on the ability of an applicant to practice in their country of training, however, some courses are broader with less in depth coverage, and others are more detailed but have a narrower scope. Significant experience may make up for shortfalls in training. HCPC assessors make their determinations based on all of the information that you provide.
Frequently asked questions
If you are unsure whether your qualification relates to one of the professions on our Register, you may find it useful to contact a professional body.
If your application is accepted for processing, we will take the scrutiny payment (£495) from your account.
No. We will make direct contact with your education provider and competent authority. There is no need for you to ask them to send us information in advance of your application.
If your application is successful, your application number will be on the correspondence you receive confirming its success.
If your application has not been accepted for processing this will be due to missing information. We will return your application to the address you provided. You will then need to fill in the missing information and resubmit the form.
You will be notified about the outcome of your application in writing.
If you have been granted refugee status or given leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom on humanitarian protection grounds, we waive the scrutiny fee for your application. Please apply through the international route, and enclose a letter from the Home Office, confirming you have refugee or humanitarian protection status.
We ask that you provide us with as much information as possible with your application. If you are unable to provide all of the information needed (for example, because documents have been destroyed or you cannot obtain them), you must include a letter which explains why you cannot provide it.
Please call the Registration Department on 44 (0)300 500 4472 or 44 (0)20 7582 5460 for assistance.
For refugee allied health professionals seeking advice and information on how to find jobs, gain experience and other useful assistance, NHS employers has online information.