Professional registration

Professional registration establishes your proven knowledge, understanding and competence, and is a hallmark of excellence. TOPRA is licensed by the Science Council to provide two different levels of registration, Registered Scientist and Chartered Scientist.

Chartered Scientist

Chartered Scientist is a professional registration that recognises a high level of skill and experience independent of discipline. It provides recognition for professional practice and experience and thus complements the academic qualifications you might also have. Typically professionals need to have been working for 4-6 years to achieve this and must either have a Masters level qualification or be able to demonstrate that they are working at this level.

Registered Scientist

Registered Scientist is a professional registration that recognises your competence on-the-job independent of discipline. It provides recognition for professional practice and experience and thus complements the academic qualifications you might also have. Typically, professionals need to have been working for a minimum of one year to achieve this and must either have a Foundation Degree qualification (Level 5) or be able to demonstrate that they are working at this level.

Lifelong Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Regulatory affairs professionals need to undertake continuing professional development to ensure they remain safe and effective in daily practice. All members of TOPRA are required to 'continually improve performance and update or refresh their skills and knowledge'. For Registered Members of TOPRA - those who use the designation MTOPRA - we consider 50 hours per year spent on learning to be the minimum. Use our CPD tool to record your progress.