Applying to join an RCC specialist faculty

Specialist Faculty membership provides recognition of your special skills/qualifications/experience, discounted CPD events, online resources (as applicable) and networking with like-minded colleagues.

Membership of the RCC’s specialist faculties is based on M-level (Masters level) achievement, and/or equivalent, in area/s identified as relevant to the faculty in question. Each of the specialist faculties has produced a ‘relevance statement’ and these are incorporated into each faculty membership application form (available to download from the margin to the right of this page.)

If you are not a current RCC member
Please complete and return the RCC Membership Application Form first. The form and guidance on how to complete it are available from the Membership sub-menu item, How to complete your membership application form. We will be able to identify whether you may also eligible for specialist faculty membership and will contact you in this regard.

If you are an  existing RCC member wishing to upgrade your specialist faculty membership
Please apply to upgrade your existing specialist faculty membership by completing a Membership Progression form – please see the relevant guidance available from the Membership sub-menu item, How to complete your membership progression form.

If you are an  existing RCC member wishing to join a specialist faculty
Please download, complete and return the relevant Specialist Faculty application form (see links to the right of this page). Guidance on how to complete these forms is given below.

How to complete a Specialist Faculty Application Form

An RCC member who is not currently a member of a given specialist faculty can apply to join by completing and submitting the specialist faculty application form relevant to the faculty of interest. This needs to demonstrate M-level credit achievement commensurate with the level of membership applied for and relevant to the faculty.

Credit requirements are as follows:

Specialist Faculty Associate = no credits required but applicant must have a demonstrable interest in the field
Specialist Faculty Licentiate = 60 faculty-relevant credits
Specialist Faculty Member = 120 faculty-relevant credits
Specialist Faculty Fellow = 180 faculty-relevant credits

M-level credits towards specialist faculty membership are achieved through completion of formal, university-accredited, faculty-relevant postgraduate modules/awards and/or through completion of other activities recognised by the RCC as equivalent.

The information below includes details of the M-level credit tariff for those activities/achievements recognised by the RCC. In each case, guidance is provided regarding:

  • the information to be included in your specialist faculty application form, and
  • the evidence to be attached, as applicable.

Note that you may mix and match a range of activities/achievements to achieve your required M-level credit target.

Formal postgraduate qualifications

Individual M-level modules – number of credits varies
Postgraduate certificate (PGCert) – 60 credits
Postgraduate diploma (PGDip) – 120 credits
MSc/MS/MA/MPhil – 180 credits
PhD/DChiro – 180 credits

Activities and Achievements recognised by the RCC as equivalent to M-level and potentially relevant to a specialist faculty

Certificated qualifications
CCEP – 20 credits
DACBR – 180 credits
IAVC – 60 credits
ICSSD / ICCSP – 60 credits
Good clinical care
Duty practitioner at major sporting event – normally 10 credits per week
Sports team practitioner – normally 10 credits per year in the role
Maintaining good practice
Reflective CPD – number of credits varies
Research
Peer-reviewed publications – up to 12 credits per article
Non-clinical activity
Committee work – normally 5 credits per year in the role

 

Individual M-level modules – number of credits varies

Many UK higher education institutions offer stand-alone modules that can be undertaken without registering for a postgraduate award (such as PGCert, PGDip etc). If you have completed such a module, please record this in the Formal Postgraduate Qualifications section of your specialist faculty application form as ‘M-level module’ and provide the module title and number of M-level credits awarded in the subject column (along with the other details prompted in that section). You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement of the module, as provided by the awarding institution.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) – 60 credits

Masters programmes offered by UK higher education institutions are typically modular in nature and have three exit points: Postgraduate Certificate (60 M-level credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 M-level credits) and MSc (120 M-level credits). If you have been awarded a PGCert, or are part way through a planned Postgraduate Diploma or MSc programme and have completed between 60 and 119 M-level credits to date, please record this in the Formal Postgraduate Qualifications section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the other details prompted in that section. You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement as provided by the institution. You also need to attach an outline of the programme (from the University website or other source) which lists the modules studied.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) – 120 credits

Masters programmes offered by UK higher education institutions are typically modular in nature and have three exit points: Postgraduate Certificate (60 M-level credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 M-level credits) and MSc (180 M-level credits). If you have been awarded a PGDip, or are part way through a planned MSc programme and have completed between 120 and 179 M-level credits to date, please record this in the Formal Postgraduate Qualifications section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the details prompted in that section. You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement as provided by the institution. You also need to attach an outline of the programme (from the University website or other source) which lists the modules studied.

MSc/MA/MPhil – 180 credits
If you have completed a postgraduate Masters degree, please record this in the Formal Postgraduate Qualifications section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the details prompted in that section. You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement as provided by the awarding institution. You also need to attach an outline of the programme (from the University website or other source) which lists the modules studied.

Please note: A Masters degree that constitutes your primary chiropractic qualification does not count towards postgraduate progression.

PhD/DChiro – 180 credits

For the purposes of RCC membership, a doctorate is deemed to have a value of 180 M-level credits. If you have completed a doctorate, please record this in the Formal Postgraduate Qualifications section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the details prompted in that section. You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement as provided by the awarding institution. Please also attach an outline of your studies, such as your thesis abstract.

CCEP – 20 credits

Successful completion of the Certified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner (CCEP) course and certification examination is recognised as equivalent to 20 M-level credits for the purpose of RCC membership. If you have achieved CCEP certification, please record this in the Professional Certificated Learning section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the details prompted in that section. You must attach your certificate as evidence of your certification.

Note that this award is deemed relevant to the membership requirements of the RCC Sport & Exercise Faculty (RCCSEF).

DACBR – 180 credits

This award is deemed relevant to the membership requirements of the RCC Imaging Faculty.

Chiropractic radiology is a specialised branch of chiropractic and the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR) provides board certification examinations in this field. Chiropractors who undertake the training (approximately 4,000 hours in practical and didactic training during their three- to four-year full-time residencies), pass the certification process and maintain their continuing education requirements are eligible to use the designation of diplomate of the ACBR (DACBR). For the purposes of RCC membership, the RCC recognises the DACBR diploma as equivalent to 180 M-level credits. If you have achieved the DACBR diploma, please record this in the Professional Certificated Learning section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the details prompted in that section. You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement as provided by the awarding institution.

IAVC – 60 credits

This award is deemed relevant to the membership requirements of the RCC Animal Faculty.

The International Academy or Animal Chiropractic (IAVC) basic course, which utilises the Options for Animals International curriculum, is designed for chiropractors wishing to learn the clinical techniques necessary to treat both small animals and horses using chiropractic techniques. For the purposes of RCC membership, the RCC recognises successful completion of the IAVC basic course as equivalent to 60 M-level credits. If you have achieved this award, please record this in the Professional Certificated Learning section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the details prompted in that section. You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement as provided by the awarding institution.

ICSSD / ICCSP – 60 credits

This award is deemed relevant to the membership requirements of the RCC Sport & Exercise Faculty (RCCSEF).

The International Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP) certificate, formerly known as the ICSSD, is a postgraduate program offered by FICS (The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic or ‘Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport’). Those who successfully complete the programme are deemed by FICS to have met appropriate minimum standard in theoretical and practical sports chiropractic education to serve on FICS teams at official FICS international events. For the purposes of RCC membership, the RCC recognises achievement of ICCSD/ICCSP as equivalent to 60 M-level credits. If you have achieved this award, please record this in the Professional Certificated Learning section of your specialist faculty application form and provide the details prompted in that section. You must attach a certificate, letter or some other documentary evidence of your achievement.

Duty practitioner at major sporting event – normally 10 credits per week

This activity is deemed relevant to the membership requirements of the RCC Sport & Exercise Faculty (RCCSEF).

Participating in a major (national or international) sporting event (e.g. Olympic Games, national/international championships etc) as a duty or team chiropractor is recognised for the equivalent of 10 M-level credits per week for the purposes of RCC membership. Please indicate in the Other Professional Activity section of your specialist faculty application form which significant sporting events you have participated in as a duty or team chiropractor ensuring that you list accurate inclusive dates for each event. The RCC will reserve the right to check the veracity of this statement.

Sports team practitioner – normally 10 credits per year in the role

This activity is deemed relevant to the membership requirements of the RCC Sport & Exercise Faculty (RCCSEF).

Undertaking the role of team chiropractor for a professional or semi-professional sports team or individual is recognised for the equivalent of 10 M-level credits per year for the purposes of RCC membership. Please explain in the Other Professional Activity section of your specialist faculty application form which team you are working/have worked with ensuring that you list accurate start and end dates of your role for each team. You must also state the average number of hours per week spent working with each team listed. The RCC will reserve the right to check the veracity of the information provided.

Reflective CPD – number of credits varies

Simply attending CPD events is not recognised by the RCC as M-level activity. However, reflecting on your faculty-relevant learning in a meaningful and structured manner can be recognised for M-level credit-equivalence. In order to claim M-level credits for CPD activity, you must undertake a structured reflection of that activity. A Reflective CPD Form is provided for this purpose. Please note that:

  • Typically, one M-level credit is awarded for 250 words of reflective writing such that greater detail can be rewarded with more credits;
  • A maximum of 5 M-level credits can be awarded per CPD activity;
  • A separate reflective CPD form should be completed for each activity for which you wish to claim credits.

Any completed reflective CPD form/s should be appended to your specialist faculty application form.

Peer-reviewed publications – up to 12 credits per article

Each article published in a peer-reviewed publication can be recognised for up to 12 M-level credits for the purposes of RCC membership, depending upon the applicant’s contribution. Please list any relevant peer-reviewed articles in the Other Professional Activity section of your specialist faculty application form and be sure to append a paper copy of each of these to your application form.

Committee work – normally 5 credits per year in the role

For each year you are an active member of a faculty-relevant committee, a maximum of 5 M-level credits are recognised for the purposes of RCC membership. Please outline any relevant committee activity in the Other Professional Activity section of your specialist faculty application form and state the date you joined (and date you left) the committee, as applicable. The RCC will reserve the right to check the veracity of the information provided.