What is Equivalence?

Equivalence exists when the outcomes of two processes are directly comparable even though the paths to achieving them are different. When equivalence is shown to exist between a new qualification and the qualification or experience an individual already has, further education or training becomes unnecessary.

The AHCS has developed equivalence assessment processes for individuals who have undertaken training, hold qualifications and/or have considerable professional experience, and who wish to show that these are equivalent to the relevant practitioner, scientist or higher specialist science programmes accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science. There is also an equivalence assessment process for those working in the following roles: Anatomical Pathology Technologist, Genetic Technologist, Ophthalmic Science Practitioner, Tissue Bank Technologist via the Certificate of Competence. Further guidance is available on the Equivalence Guidance page.