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?

Why become a Registered Science Technician?

  • Nationally recognised demonstration of proven capabilities and competence
  • Professional credibility and status
  • Showcasing commitment to a Code of Professional Conduct and the undertaking of continued professional development (CPD).
  • Improved career prospects
  • Employer assurance

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.

How can I become a Registered Science Technician?

Consider the standards required for registration, and discuss these with your employer or with another Chartered Scientist. Please refer to the latest edition of the RSciTech Standards. These were published in September 2020 and all new applictions will be assessed using these Standards.

Once you are ready to apply, please download our Short Guide to RSciTech application and our RSciTech application form.

RSciTech applicants must have EITHER a a Level 3 (or higher) qualification within a scientific discipline OR equivalent learning and achievement. If you do not have any relevant qualifications to include then please ensure you complete the RSciTech equivalency section of the application form.

As part of your application you will be asked to produce a copy of your CPD record. Institute of Water members have exclusive access to our online CPD platform to support you in the recording and presenting of this, click here to find out more.

All applicants for registration as a Registered Science Technician must be members 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) £15.60
  • Annual Renewal Fees for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) £15.60

For guidance and advice on professional registration, contact Stuart Craig, Professional Registration Manager, on 0191 422 0088 or

Meet a Registered Science Technician

Carl Martin – Water Regulations Inspector; Anglian Water

Completing my professional registration for RSciTech has allowed me to further my CPD and gain Science knowledge in other areas. This will assist me in my day to day role as a Water Regulations Inspector in relation to any Water Quality Issues that arise. In my own time I am currently undertaking a home study Science course. I would encourage others to become professionally registered and to gain the recognition within their own sector.

Recent registrants 

Carl Martin – Water Regulations Compliance Inspector; Anglian Water

Callum Dickerson – Technical Specialist; Anglian Water