Joining the Register

BSAS is the professional accrediting body for the Register of Certified Animal Scientists and Technicians. It is run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Biology and supported by a number of like-minded organisations.  The Society raises the standards of excellence in the abilities, conduct and reputation of its members; and by accrediting their professional activities, it furthers members interests, from those established in the sector to those taking their first fledgling steps into animal science.

The Register, which is open to public view is a mark of assurance when dealing with government, societies, research funders, clients, colleagues, collaborators, and employers both in the UK and abroad. For organisations, BSAS Accreditation demonstrates a culture of high-quality staff training and skills development.

Membership of the Accreditation Register is open to all those working in food-production, animal welfare, equine, companion animals and zoo animals, in the topics of animal science, animal technology or animal care in the academic, industry or government policy sector.

You can apply to be registered as one of the following:

Seeker of knowledge – CONDUCTING animal science.

  • Animal Scientist (Associate) – Early Career
  • Animal Scientist (Certified) – Professional level

User of knowledge – APPLYING animal science.

  • Animal Technologist (Associate) – Early Career
  • Animal Technologist (Certified) – Professional Level

Overview of the Accreditation Process

Applicants must demonstrate that their skills, expertise, and competencies deserve professional recognition within their field exemplified by references. Applications may be made by the individual directly or indirectly.

When you apply to become accredited you will be asked about your expertise. Applicants can choose from a number of proficiencies that they feel are appropriate to them, including written publications in the public domain, teaching, management and knowledge seeking research and development. 

Applications to register or re-register are then considered by a panel of experts. This panel will comprise of individuals with expertise relating to those of the applicant.

Once the application is approved, individuals remain on the register upon receipt of evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD), which is completed through the BSAS/RSB online system via an online account.

Registration is currently free for members of BSAS. There is a cost of £90 to those that are not members of BSAS.

A Registered Animal Scientist or Animal Technologist benefits (amongst other things) from:

Public recognition of competencies, knowledge and professional status at home and internationally, as is desired by government, society, research funders, clients, colleagues and collaborators and employers.

Evidence to support career development opportunities and the fostering within employer organisations of a culture of staff training and skills development.

Verification of responsible and reputable conduct and practice.

Greater opportunity to share knowledge and be seen by potential employers.

Early Careers

The BSAS Accreditation Register is not just for those who are established in their careers, with its ‘Associate’ levels specifically designed to recognise the knowledge and expertise of those early on in their career. The register is applicable to a vast range of disciplines relating to early career animal science and technology. From those studying in higher education in animal science or veterinary related courses, to those starting out in relevant industry or policy careers.  Applying and maintaining registration improves key professional skills and exposes those in the early stages of their career to processes which they may not otherwise have been introduced.

CPD Benefits

Once your application to the BSAS Accreditation Register is approved, you’ll only stay on the Register by showing evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD) and accruing CPD credit. Log in to your ‘My account’ page (log in is top right of the BSAS page) from where you can access your CPD record files. 

Members must accrue at least 50 credits each year by taking part in a range of activities including:

  • Work-based learning (maximum 40% of credit points)
  • Professional activity involving learning (maximum 40% of credit points)
  • Formal training courses and educational programmes (maximum 60% of credit points)
  • Self-directed learning (maximum 20% of credit points)
  • Other (maximum 20% of credit points)

Members will select their own CPD programmes as appropriate to their own particular designation (Scientist or Technologist), Level (Associate or Certified), Descriptor (Principal professional activity), and named Specialisms, all as already identified on the Accreditation Register. These programmes may be provided by any appropriate organisations, in-house or extra-mural. CPD programmes are also provided by BSAS through its extensive range of annual and occasional meetings and engaging training workshops. Members can also choose to accrue points through other societies and organisations as appropriate to their Competencies and Specialisms.

Maintaining your CPD record

Members must maintain their CPD record using the BSAS/RSB on-line system especially set up for the purpose. Members will be given access to their CPD recording scheme when they are first entered onto the Register.

For each activity area, the record should give:

A brief definition of the type of work undertaken.

  • Date
  • Number of hours accumulated for each activity
  • A description of what was entailed and how it was beneficial
  • Evidence of the work having been undertaken

If you have any questions or need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated accreditation team on: accreditation@bsas.org.uk.

Download - Accredtiation Booklet

Download - Accreditation Application Guidelines Technologist

Download - Accreditation Application Guidelines Scientist

Download - Accreditation Rules, Regulations & Protocols

Download - Accreditation On-line Instructions