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Paying your fees


Scrutiny fee
The fee we ask you to send with your application is called a scrutiny fee. This is a one off non-refundable payment of £63. We cannot process your application without this payment.

You must also pay your registration fee at the point you apply for registration. The registration fee for the two-year registration cycle is £180 (£90 per year). The registration fee is reduced by 50% if you graduated from a UK approved course within the last two years.

Registration cycle
Your registration cycle is biennial (two-yearly) and is made up of two ‘professional years’. The table below details the professional years for each profession we regulate.

Before you send us your application you need to decide whether you wish to pay the full registration fee or wish to spread the cost by paying by direct debit.

Applying as a new graduate
If you graduated from a UK approved course within the last two years you are entitled to a 50% discount for the first two-year registration cycle. Your initial registration payment for the first two professional years is £90 (£45 per year).
If you do not wish to set up a direct debit you will need to pay in full by cheque or money order. You need to send us a payment of £153 with your application form. Payments must be made in UK Sterling and drawn on a bank based in the United Kingdom (UK). Your payment should be crossed and made payable to ‘Health and Care Professions Council’. Please write your full name on the reverse side of your payment and ensure that it is not post-dated.

If you wish to spread the cost of registration please fill in the direct debit instruction. You will need to pay up-front for your first year of registration by sending us a cheque/money order for £108. The remainder of your fee will be deducted from your bank account in two separate £22.50 instalments. Once you have been registered, we will write to you to tell you the actual dates the amounts will be deducted from your account.

Free period
If you are registered for less than six months before the start of the next professional year, you will receive this period free of charge. You still need to send a payment with your application but this will be used in payment for the first full professional year. If you apply at any other time, you will be charged at the reduced rate for this period in addition to the following two full professional years.

Applying if you qualified more than two years ago
The full registration fee is payable if you apply to be registered at any point in the professional year, even if only for a few days. If you do not need registration immediately in order to work, you may wish to check when your new professional year starts and apply for registration at the start of a new professional year. The table below shows the professional years for each profession we regulate.

  • Arts therapists 1 June – 31 May
  • Biomedical scientists 1 December – 30 November
  • Chiropodists and podiatrists 1 August – 31 July
  • Clinical scientists 1 October – 30 September
  • Dietitians 1 July – 30 June
  • Hearing aid dispensers 1 August – 31 July
  • Occupational therapists 1 November – 31 October
  • Operating department practitioners 1 December – 30 November
  • Orthoptists 1 September – 31 August
  • Paramedics 1 September – 31 August
  • Physiotherapists 1 May – 30 April
  • Practitioner psychologists 1 June – 31 May
  • Prosthetists/orthotists 1 October – 30 September
  • Radiographers 1 March – 28 February
  • Social workers in England 1 December – 30 November
  • Speech and language therapists 1 October – 30 September

If you wish to spread the cost of registration please fill in the direct debit instruction. You will need to pay up-front for your first year of registration by sending us a cheque/money order for £153. The remainder of your fee will be deducted from your bank account in two separate £45 instalments. Once you have been registered, we will write to you to tell you the actual dates the amounts will be deducted from your account.

If you do not wish to set up a direct debit you will need to pay in full by cheque or money order. You need to send us a payment of £243 with your application form. Payments must be made in UK Sterling and drawn on a bank based in the United Kingdom (UK). Your payment should be crossed and made payable to ‘Health and Care Professions Council’. Please write your full name on the reverse side of your payment and ensure that it is not post-dated.

Please note:
For security reasons, HCPC does not accept cash payments. If you try to make a payment in cash at the HCPC you will be directed to the nearest post office where you can obtain a postal order.



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