BASES Accreditation is a professional standard awarded to practitioners who are deemed by the Association to have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to practice safely, effectively and independently as a sport and exercise scientist.
Professional members can achieve BASES Accreditation as a result of work in applied sport/exercise science support, research or pedagogy. If successful, members are accredited to work within their domain of expertise, providing employers and clients with the confidence that the services they receive will be delivered by a professional who has demonstrated competency to the required standard.
BASES Accreditation is awarded for a five-year period, at which point members need to apply for Re-accreditation to retain accredited status.
For more information on Re-accreditation, click here.
BASES Accreditation supports the maintenance and enhancement of professional and ethical standards in sport and exercise sciences and is recognised as the benchmark professional standard within the sport and exercise science sector. It is increasingly becoming an essential requirement for many employers in the field, such as the English Premier League and the English Institute of Sport.
On successfully becoming a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist you can choose to be listed on the BASES Consultant Finder on our website and you are eligible to become a Chartered Scientist. BASES Accredited members can use the title BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist.
Testimonials from BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientists
To read about how BASES Accreditation has helped other members and why they recommend BASES Accreditation to other Sport and Exercise Scientists, click the links below:
Applications for BASES Accreditation are submitted online by completing all relevant sections of the BASES Accreditation Application Documents and submitting via the online application form. The fee for accreditation is £100.
Applicants are advised to read the most recent version of the Accreditation Guidelines before applying.
There are two different routes to applying for BASES accreditation:
Which route is right for me?
We advise trying to complete the competency profile in the Application Documents which will give a good indication as to whether or not you currently have the skills and knowledge to evidence the required competencies via a direct application.
If you struggle to complete this you should think about registering for BASES Supervised Experience.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for BASES Accreditation:
Applicants applying via the direct route will need to submit the following:
Included are case study guidelines, Guidance Notes on assessing non-BUES degrees, BASES M-Level Equivalency Mapping Matrix, Common Application Errors and FAQs.
Applicants (Professional members) applying after completing the BASES SE programme only need to submit:
To submit a direct application:
To submit an application at the end of Supervised Experience:
You can choose to apply for Chartered Scientist status at the same time as submitting your application for BASES Accreditation, by ticking the relevant box on the accreditation application form. You will need to pay the Chartered Scientist registration fee (or set up a Direct Debit).
If your application for BASES Accreditation is successful, you will automatically be awarded Chartered Scientist status and will be added to the Science Council register. If your application is unsuccessful, the CSci fee will be refunded.
There are two application submission windows each year.
Open for applications: 1 December. Deadline for applications: 6 January.
Open for applications: 1 June. Deadline for applications: 1 July.
We are unable to accept applications after these deadlines.
We notify applicants by post in either April (for January submissions) or September (for July submissions) after Accreditation Committee meetings have taken place.
Applicants have the right to appeal if they feel aggrieved at the decision of the Accreditation Committee based on one of the following grounds for appeal:
Please note that appeals which are not based on one of these grounds of appeal will not be accepted. Appeals may not be based on questions regarding the interpretation of evidence provided within an application by members of the Accreditation Committee; nor can appeals be used to provide additional evidence to demonstrate competence in areas that fell short of the required standard in the original application.
BASES Appeals Process
1. Applicants must make written notice of an appeal within 14 days of the decision being communicated to the Applicant, outlining the grounds for appeal.
2. An independent member of the Accreditation Committee (not involved in the original review of the application) will review the application and either:
a) uphold the original decision
b) accept the appeal and recommend the decision be changed
3. The Applicant is informed of the outcome of the appeal, with feedback provided by the independent reviewer explaining their decision.
4. If the Applicant remains aggrieved by the decision and has grounds to do so, they may lodge a "Final Appeal" to the BASES Board. The "Final Appeal" process is detailed within the BASES Appeals Process policy document.
We realise this is not an exhaustive list and endeavour to continue to find new and relevant examples. This will depend on the category and quality of applications and permission of the applicant.
Competency Profile and Case Study 2 (Physiology)
Table of Contents and Competency Profile (Physiology)
Competency Profile and Case Study 1 (Physiology)
Article on how to prepare a Case Study for Scientific Support
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BASES Guidelines: Reaccreditation Covid-19:
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic means the world is in extraordinary and unprecedented times. As a result, applicants for BASES reaccreditation may find their application limited in some way (e.g. gaining hours in the lab or field, CPD events etc.). Under normal circumstances for re-accreditation, if your original accreditation lapses by no longer than three years, then you can apply for re-accreditation covering the previous 5 years of work up to the submission point. If Covid-19 had impacted on this timeframe then this will of course be considered by BASES and the Accreditation Committee. Candidates are required to inform the BASES office if this applies to them.
BASES Re-accreditation recognises that an accredited individual has already demonstrated that they possess the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to practice safely, effectively and independently as a sport and exercise scientist.
Re-accreditation requires the applicant to demonstrate continued delivery of services and continued development as a practitioner via:
If your accreditation lapses by no longer than three years, you can apply for re-accreditation covering the previous 5 years of work up to the submission point.
There are two application submission windows each year:
Open for applications on 1 December . Deadline for applications is 6 January
Open for applications on 1 June. Deadline for applications is 1 July
We are unable to accept applications after these deadlines.
You will need to submit a delivery log, CPD log, reflections on these activities, evidence of BASES credits and suitable reference(s).
Full details can be found in the Re-accreditation Guidelines which you are strongly advised to read before submitting an application.
The application fee is £100.00.