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It's Time for All UK Arts Therapists to Renew Their Registration...

09 March 2016

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration renewal period for arts therapists opened on Tuesday 1 March 2016 and closes on Tuesday 31 May 2016. The new online system now provides a quick and easy way to renew.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration renewal period for arts therapists opened on Tuesday 1 March 2016 and closes on Tuesday 31 May 2016. All registered art therapists should have received a letter from the HCPC at the beginning of March with information on how to renew.


To renew, registrants must complete a professional declaration and pay a renewal fee no later than midnight on 31 May. This fee is tax deductible, which means that registrants paying the standard 20 per cent tax rate can reclaim a 20 per cent refund from HMRC. The easiest and quickest way to renew is via the online system. More information, including video guides, is available at


For the first time, the HCPC renewal process includes a professional indemnity declaration. This follows new Government legislation requiring all professions to sign a declaration confirming they are covered by professional indemnity or, if not practicing at the time of renewal, that they understand the requirement to have professional indemnity in place when they return to practice.


A random sample of 2.5 per cent of the profession will also be selected to submit a continuing professional development (CPD) profile during this period. Those selected for audit will receive a separate letter after the renewal notices are sent out. More information, including sample profiles, activity types and video guides, is available at


Dushyan Ashton, HCPC Registration Manager, commented:


“Our online system provides a quick and easy way to renew, and we want to encourage registrants to use this resource. We would advise all arts therapists who wish to remain on the Register to renew as early as possible to ensure that you can continue to practice without disruption.”


Registrants can contact the HCPC Registration Department with any queries on renewal or the CPD audit process from 1 March, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on 0300 500 4472.


HCPC also provides the following services:


1. For more information on the HCPC registration renewal process visit


2. For more information on the CPD audit process visit


3. For more information on claiming back tax on registration fees visit


4. Follow HCPC on Twitter @The_HCPC or like the Health and Care Professions Council Facebook and LinkedIn pages for renewal reminders and CPD advice.

The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.


The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see


                 Arts therapists
                 Biomedical scientists
                 Chiropodists / podiatrists
                 Clinical scientists
                 Hearing aid dispensers
                 Occupational therapists
                 Operating department practitioners
                 Practitioner psychologists
                 Prosthetists / orthotists
                 Social workers in England
                 Speech and language therapists