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HCPC registration renewal

FAQHow do I renew my HCPC registration?
HCPC wrote to every social worker in England who transferred from GSCC with information on renewing online from 1 September 2012. Paper renewal forms were issued from the beginning of October 2012.

Every social worker in England is required to complete the declaration and pay by 6pm 30 November 2012.

Click here to renew online

FAQHow does the HCPC registration period work?
Unlike the GSCC, where each social worker paid on an individual anniversary date determined by the date they first registered, the HCPC’s registration period is two years (24 months). This period will be 1 December 2012 to 30 November 2014.

FAQHow long do I have to renew my registration with HCPC?
In total, three months. Following the transfer all social workers on the HCPC Register were invited to pay the registration fee for the two year period stated above. Social worker registrants have until 6.00pm on 30 November 2012 in which to pay the HCPC.

FAQHow do I pay my registration fee?
You can spread the cost of the fee by setting up a direct debit instruction, allowing you to pay £38 every six months. Alternatively, you can pay in a single instalment of £152 to cover the two years (£76 per annum) on the Register. Direct debit information is included in all renewal correspondence.

HCPC transferred existing direct debit instructions from GSCC. We began taking payments from those with existing direct debits instructions in place on 1 October 2012.

FAQWhat fees can I expect to pay as a recently qualified graduate?
Newly qualified graduates registering with HCPC within two years of qualifying receive a 50 per cent reduction in the fee in their first two professional years. There is a £53 scrutiny fee to process the application. This only applies to those applying to join the Register for the first time. It will not apply to those transferring from the GSCC Register.

FAQHow much will the registration fee be?
The HCPC is an independent regulator and unlike the GSCC, receives no subsidy from the Government. Its current annual registration fee is £76, one of the lowest fees across all of the UK health and social care regulators. Registration fees for all registrants who live and work in the UK are tax-deductible. This means that the £76 annual fee is reduced by 20% (for standard rate taxpayers), reducing the fee by £15.20 to £60.80. The tax deduction can be made by you requesting an amendment to your PAYE code from your local tax office.

The annual fee has remained the same for over three years and the Council recently announced there would be no increase in 2012/13.

The GSCC’s annual fee was £30 and subsidised by Government. Estimates by the Department of Health indicated that the fee would have needed to increase from £30 to in the region of £200 to achieve independence.

FAQCould social workers end up paying two sets of fees?
The HPC is conscious that some social workers may have to pay both their GSCC and HPC registration fees in 2012, however, the decision for the GSCC to continue to charge registration fees in 2012 ahead of the transfer was one for them and the Department of Health.

FAQWhy is my fee higher with the HCPC?
The reason our registration fee is higher than the GSCC’s is because we are an independent statutory regulator and receive no government subsidy, unlike the GSCC. This means the GSCC's fee of £30 was subsidised by a government grant and did not, therefore, cover the true cost of regulation. Estimates by the Department of Health indicated that the GSCC’s fee would have needed to increase from £30 to in the region of £200 in order to operate without government funding.

FAQWhat does my registration fee pay for?
All HCPC's income comes from the registration fee which covers our operating costs. These include the approval process for education programmes, maintaining a Register of professionals and removing those who pose a risk to themselves or the public.

For more information on our expenditure you can read our annual report and accounts on

FAQWhen will I receive my certificate
Around ten to fiftteen working days after completing the declaration and paying your registraiton fee. Certificates are printed in large batches which is why there is a short delay in you receiving one.

FAQWhat happens if I forget to renew by 6pm 30 November 2012?
If a social worker fails to renew their registration at the end of this period, the HCPC will take them off the Register. Details for readmission to the Register can be found here:

Readmission fee
The fee we ask you to send with your application is called a readmission fee (payable one month after registration lapses). This is a non-refundable payment of £191 and includes the first year (or part year) of registration.

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We have produced a renewal leaflet to remind social workers in England to renew their HCPC registration before the deadline of Friday 30 November 2012.

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We have also created a social worker renewal timeline which highlights key dates such as when you must set-up a direct debit by or make other methods of payment.

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