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Education approval and accreditation
The College of Radiographers works in partnership with clinical and academic departments, external organisations and individuals to ensure that all United Kingdom programmes of education and training related to the clinical imaging and oncology radiographic workforce, maintain, and continue to develop the highest standards of clinical imaging and oncology practice and conduct.
Wherever possible, the College’s approval and accreditation framework works within existing internal approval and quality assurance arrangements of education institutions and clinical departments. It also aims to work collaboratively with external bodies to provide a streamlined and integrated process.
Through the approval and accreditation framework the College:
- Secures consistency of standards of clinical imaging and oncology education.
- Aligns standards of clinical practice with the profession’s Education and Career Framework (2013).
- Supports and encourages the development of courses that are at, and remain at, the forefront of education and developing clinical imaging and oncology practice;
- Promotes and supports flexibility in the design and delivery of education and new roles in practice.
- Disseminates guidance on best practice in clinical imaging and oncology education and practice.
To apply for approval of a programme you run please complete the application form here. All approvals must be ratified by the Approval and Accreditation Board (AAB) and College Board of Trustees. Please see the AAB page for details of the dates these boards convene.
Details of approval fees can be found here.
Courses leading to qualifications and/or credits
The College of Radiographers can approve UK and international education programmes which lead to undergraduate or post graduate qualifications and/or credits. These include:
- Programmes not leading to eligibility to apply for registration as a Radiographer e.g. those leading to voluntary registration as a CoR Accredited Assistant Practitioner.
- Pre-registration programmes (undergraduate or postgraduate).
Post-registration programmes including those leading to CoR accreditation as a Practice Educator.
For example: FD Imaging Science, BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy, MSc Radiography
Short courses are designed to provide opportunities for individuals to update their knowledge and skills and may also assess or confirm competence. The document, College of Radiographers Short Course Approval, contains further information and about the short course approval process and can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
- Short courses may be offered by UK or international education institutions, equipment manufacturers, commercial companies, clinical departments etc.
- It is unlikely that a short course would contribute academic credit and as such is unlikely to make a significant contribution to a postgraduate award.
There may be assessment associated with the course but there is unlikely to be a prolonged period of study.
For example: Intravenous administration courses and dental radiography courses.
The College of Radiographers is a member of the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). You can find further information about ultrasound education and accreditation here.
CPD Now endorsement
CPD endorsement can be provided for study days, tutorials, education events and e-learning materials. Applications for endorsement should be made via CPD Now. Further details are provided here.
The College of Radiographers can accredit individuals, education providers running an approved course and clinical placements Accreditation of education providers and clinical placements will form part of the approval process. Individuals seeking accreditation should see the relevant web pages: