Summary statement

Here you will find a range of information on membership, including; how to become a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists; the different types of membership available, membership information for SLTs who have qualified overseas and the benefits of becoming a member.

RCSLT member benefits

  • Professional indemnity insurance, for certified, student and assistant members - protecting you against the impact of work-related litigation.
  • Monthly Bulletin with the latest speech and language therapy news, features and job opportunities.
  • Access to your online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) diary to help you prepare and organise evidence of your CPD activity.
  • Online access to over 1700 journal titles through our research centre including access to the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
  • Member-only area of the website.
  • Discounts on events including a new range of CPD opportunities including webinars, e-learning and other resources.
  • RCSLT publications.
  • Access to RCSLT grants to support CPD and research.

Your membership fees contribute to the development of the latest professional and clinical guidelines and help pay for many activities that strengthen speech and language therapy through engagement with the RCSLT's key stakeholders.

Examples of such work by the RCSLT include:

  • Promoting awareness of speech and language therapy provision to decision makers through the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group.
  • Responding to Government consultations, like the Bercow Review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
  • Raise funding from Government into research on communication disability in Scotland.
  • Working to develop children's services with the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.
  • Representing the profession on the Welsh Therapies Advisory Committee to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Why it makes sense to join the RCSLT

RCSLT members contribute to, and benefit from, the development of the speech and language therapy profession in the UK.

Membership of the RCSLT is excellent value for money and provides you with high-quality support for your practice.

Why it makes sense to join the RCSLT

Membership application forms

If you are unsure of which membership category to apply for, please contact us or by phone 020 7378 3008/10/11.

If you need to change your personal details or your membership category, please fill in the change of details form and return it to the RCSLT Membership Team.

All registered allied health professionals are required to hold appropriate professional indemnity (PI) insurance to practice as a condition of their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is essential that you have adequate insurance cover in place should you find yourself facing legal action. Failure to have PI insurance in place may result in a registrant being removed from the register and, therefore, unable to practice.

One of the benefits of being an RCSLT member is that your annual membership includes PI/medical malpractice cover as part of the insurance provision under the RCSLT’s group policies.

Read our guide which summarises the group policies and the additional covers which the RCSLT negotiated previously, and also advises what to do in the event of an incident at work or a complaint about your work.

Download the To Whom it May Concern Letter as proof of cover for RCSLT members practising in the United Kingdom. This letter should be adequate to provide evidence of insurance cover, but please contact us if you require any further documentation.


RCSLT membership categories and fees 2018-2019

Assistant membership

Support workers engaged in supporting the delivery of speech and language therapy practice can join the RCSLT as associate members.

Assistant membership brings a range of benefits, including:

  • Receipt of the monthly professional magazine Bulletin
  • Information and professional advice
  • Access to password-protected information, publications and e-group developed specifically for support workers
  • Eligibility to apply for RCSLT minor grants and awards to fund training (advertised in Bulletin and online)
  • Access to RCSLT communities such as Hubs and Clinical Excellence Networks (CENs) 

For queries about support worker issues, please contact us, or telephone 020 7378 3012.

Coming to work in the UK/SLTs qualified overseas

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) who qualified outside the UK may be able to apply for RCSLT membership as overseas qualified practitioners (OQP).

Under current arrangements, overseas qualified practitioners (OQPs) are entered into the supervised category of RCSLT membership when they first join.

These entrants to the profession are expected to complete up to one year in a clinical setting under supervision before being given certified RCSLT membership. This timeframe is given as a guide and may vary according to the individual.

SLTs from Ireland, USA, New Zealand, Australia or Canada

You can apply to become a member of the RCSLT if you are a member of a professional association within the Mutual Recognition of Credentials Agreement (MRA).

SLTs who are not members of an MRA professional association

You may still be able to join the RCSLT, subject to additional checks. 

Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Registration with the HCPC is a legal obligation if you want to work as an SLT in the UK. You must be registered with the HCPC before you apply for membership of the RCSLT.

RCSLT standards 

The RCSLT has set standards for the SLT workforce that may exceed the threshold standards set by the regulator (HCPC). The regulatory standards are largely generic and are applied for all allied health professionals.

In order to uphold standards for the SLT workforce, the RCSLT may recommend that additional training be included in the competence framework.

Download the OQP Speech and Language Therapy Competency Framework

RCSLT application process for overseas qualified SLTs

To become a full practising member of the RCSLT (CertMRCSLT), you will need to:

  • Provide your HCPC registration details (number and date of registration).
  • Provide a letter of good standing from your professional association if it is in the MRA.

RCSLT member application form (MRA)

RCSLT member application form (non-MRA)

  • Overseas qualified SLTs from countries not within the MRA must be registered with the HCPC and have met certain minimum threshold standards before you can apply for RCSLT membership.
  • Upon application, you will be required to complete a period of supervised practice and any additional training as a ‘transitional member’ within 12 months. For more details see the OQP competency framework below.

OQP competency-based framework

This competency-based transitional framework for OQPs sets out a balanced set of clear expectations and standards, the framework can be used to support learning and development specific to practice in the UK context.

It will also support you with your continuing professional development (CPD) by informing you about the competency framework that underpins the RCSLT CPD requirements.You can use the RCSLT CPD diary to record your CPD and your progress through the competency framework 

Further enquiries

If you would like more information about applying for membership, please contact us.

If you have further queries regarding the MRA process, please contact us or call 020 7378 3012/3038.