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How to describe your registration

Registrants should use their legally designated titles where possible. You can also use the terminology ‘HCPC registered’ to demonstrate your profession’s statutory regulation.

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Protected titles
Professionals on the HCPC Register are entitled to use a corresponding designated title; for example ‘chiropodist’ or ‘podiatrist’. A list of the professions we regulate together with their designated titles can be found on our protected titles page. These titles are protected by law. Anyone using one of these titles must be on our Register. A person who is not registered and who misuses a designated title is breaking the law and may be prosecuted.

State registration
State registration of health and care professionals no longer exists and you should avoid using the expression ‘state registered’. ‘State registered’, sometimes abbreviated to ‘SR’, was the term used to describe professionals registered with our predecessor body, the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine. The term is now redundant and should no longer be used.

Some professional bodies, including the British Psychological Society and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, can confer the title ‘Chartered’. By law, you do not need to be chartered in order to practise but you must be on our Register. If you are chartered, you must still be registered with us to use one of the protected titles.

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