Registered Science Technician (RSciTech)

There are thousands of scientists in the water industry, working in a wide variety of roles for water companies, regulators and across the supply chain. If you are one of them, and are interested in gaining recognition for your high levels of professionalism and scientific competence, then why not consider becoming a Registered Science Technician through the Institute of Water?

Who can become a Registered Science Technician?

Registered Science Technician registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate the competencies required by the Science Council, and who is willing to abide by their Code of Conduct. The competencies sit inside the following overarching statements:

  • Identify and use relevant scientific understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address well defined problems
  • Exercise personal responsibility in planning and implementing tasks according to prescribed protocols
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods according to protocol
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards

Each of these is broken down into specific attributes which all Registered Science Technicians are expected to have. Before you consider applying for RSciTech, you should be familiar with the competencies required. You can view the competencies here.

RSciTech is a competence-based award, meaning that you can achieve RSciTech through your experience alone but, if you do hold formal qualifications, they could count as evidence against some or all of the competencies that need to be demonstrated.

How can I become a Registered Science Technician?

Consider the standards required for registration and discuss these with your employer or with a Registered or Chartered Scientist. Read through the application form, the Competence Evidence guide and, once you are ready to apply, the process is simple and can be seen in this RSciTech Application Flowchart. The flowchart should be read in conjunction with the applicants short guide.

To apply to be a Registered Science Technician, applicants must be a member of a professional body such as the Institute of Water. Click here to find out more about Institute of Water membership.


  • Initial Registration Fees (covers registration until your next membership renewal date) for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) £15
  • Annual Renewal Fees for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) £15


For guidance and advice on professional registration, contact Sarah Dunn, Professional Registration Coordinator, on 0191 422 0088 or