BASES High Performance Sport Accreditation (HPSA) is a specialist accreditation for those individuals providing sport science services to high performance sport programmes. HPSA is targeted at those with extensive experience and a track record of providing successful, structured and ongoing scientific support to high performance athletes.
HPSA is a BASES scheme and is recognised by the British Olympic Association (BOA), the British Paralympic Association (BPA), UK Sport and the Home Country Sports Institutes as the highest quality assured accreditation available to sport scientists working in the high-performance sector.
On successfully obtaining High Performance Sport Accreditation, applicants can choose to be listed on the BASES Consultant Finder on our website and to be registered as a Chartered Scientist with the Science Council. Chartered Scientist represents a single chartered mark for all scientists, recognising the high levels of professionalism and competence in science.
Applicants are expected to provide evidence within their application portfolio (P) and references (R), or through the subsequent interview (I) and observation (O), of each of the following competencies:
|Competency||Competency Criteria||Methods of Assessment|
|1: Practical experience||1A Provide structured and
on-going scientific support to high performance athletes
1B Demonstrate how work has impacted on sports performance
|P, R, I
P, R, I
|2: Knowledge and scientific training||2A Demonstrate advanced knowledge and training in
a relevant scientific discipline
2B Demonstrate the use of specialist knowledge to optimise the application of existing and emerging research and technology
|3: Knowledge of and commitment to high performance sport||3A Demonstrate knowledge of
high performance sport
3B Demonstrate commitment to sporting success in high performance sport
3C Demonstrate openness to learning from coaches and other support staff
|P, R, I
P, R, I
|4: Knowledge of high performance sport's overall programme and integration with coaching structures and processes||4A Demonstrate an understanding
of the role of sport science support within high performance sport
4B Demonstrate an understanding of how sport science support integrates into the coaching structures and processes
|P, R, I
P, R, I
|5: Communication skills||5A Communicate orally and on paper with high performance
coaches, athletes, peers and other support staff
||R, P, O, I|
|6: Professional relationships||6A Build understanding and
trust of high performance coaches, athletes, peers and other support staff
6B Demonstrate diplomacy, sensitivity and tact in working with high performance coaches, athletes, peers and other support staff
6C Demonstrate approachability, empathy and the ability to listen actively and accurately
6D Demonstrate open-mindedness and adaptability in working with others
6E Adopt and maintain professional behaviour
|P, R, O, I
P, R, O, I
P, R, O, I
P, R, I
P, R, O, I
|7: Teamwork||7A Work cooperatively with high performance
coaches, athletes, peers and other support staff to provide structured and
ongoing scientific support
||P, R, O, I|
|8: High performance sport environments||8A Conduct scientific support provision in a
range of high performance environments relevant to the particular sport
8B Comply with and promote policies and protocols relating to health, safety, security and all relevant regulatory requirements and standards
|P, R, O, I|
|9: Problem solving and interdisciplinarity||9A Demonstrate critical and
innovative thinking to provide solutions to problems
9B Demonstrate ability to problem solve in an interdisciplinary way with a team of practitioners from other disciplines
|P, R, I
P, R, I
|10: Evaluation and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)||10A Self-evaluate the quality
and impact of scientific support provision
10B Seek and review feedback on performance and contribution; using this to develop skills
10C Demonstrate ongoing engagement in CPD to enhance own and others' scientific support provision
|P, R, I
P, R, I
R, P, I
Notes: (P = portfolio application form, R = references, O = observation, I = interview).
Achievement of any competency cannot be gained solely from evidence provided at the interview.
BASES has worked with the Science Council to align the Chartered Scientist (CSci) competencies with the required competencies for BASES Accreditation and BASES High Performance Sport Accreditation (HPSA), enabling BASES members to register as a Chartered Scientist once accreditation applications have been approved. The CSci competencies that must be met and how they are assessed are detailed within the HPSA Application Guidelines (section 7).
When applying for HPSA, members have the option of applying for registration as a Chartered Scientist as part of their application. The CSci fee is £60, which is refundable if your HPSA application is not successful.
Unlike HPSA, which lasts for 5 years, CSci renewal takes place on an annual basis. The renewal process consists of a short form confirming your continuing professional development (CPD). BASES will email you with a reminder a month before your renewal date. You need to maintain continuous professional membership of BASES, in addition to meeting the Science Council CPD requirements, in order to maintain CSci status.
BASES members who are registered as Chartered Scientists may be randomly selected by the Science Council for a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) audit.
Assessors will receive 5 x CPD credits per application
Skill Acquisition has been recognised by the BASES Board as an independent HPSA qualification area. To help achieve HPSA accreditation and reaccreditation in Skill Acquisition credits can be gathered through ESAN (Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network) forums and via Home Country Institute continual professional development events. ESAN and targeted Home Country events will be pre-assessed for HPSA credit status and the number of HPSA credits per event will be recorded and advertised by BASES.
Notational Analysis has been recognised by the BASES Board as a specialised HPSA qualification area within the broader area of Performance Analysis. Relevant CPD events will be advertised on the BASES website and will be allocated credits towards re-accreditation
If an applicant is suitably qualified and suitably experienced across two HPSA support disciplines then applicants may register their application for HPSA qualification under dual qualification (e.g. Biomechanics/Notational Analysis or, Sports Psychology/Skill Acquisition). In this circumstance applicants must clearly meet and satisfy HPSA qualification requirements within both areas.
HPSA is for sport scientists working in high performance sport. The purpose of the scheme is to provide quality assurance of sport science support to employers in high performance sport. In addition, it provides a pathway for professional development for sport scientists working in, or wishing to work in, high performance sport.
Yes, it is. BASES established and is responsible for running of the HPSA scheme. BASES consulted with a number of key stakeholders in the development of HPSA, including UK Sport, the British Olympic Association (BOA), the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and the Home Country Sport Institutes (HCSI).
HPSA is widely recognised as the highest level of sport science support quality assurance within high performance sport. As such, HPSA confers many employment and progression benefits. In addition, HPSA provides a professional development pathway for those working in this sector.
Applications are assessed against the 10 HPSA competencies. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of achieving all competencies through a combination of the following four methods of assessment:
1. A portfolio application form
2. References from four referees nominated by the applicant
3. Observation of practice by an assessor
4. Interview by an assessor
It is important to note that HPSA is awarded based upon the achievement of all of the 10 HPSA competencies and that in order to achieve these, applicants will normally be expected to have at least 5 years of experience of providing structured and on-going scientific support to high performance athletes as a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist.
The cost of the HPSA application is £500 - fees cover the cost of assessing applications and administering the scheme. Further application guidelines are provided in the Applicant Guidelines and Portfolio Application Form. The HPSA scheme is a not for profit accreditation scheme.
HPSA is a competency-based scheme - your application, references, observation and interview will be assessed for evidence of the HPSA competencies. The assessment process will be carried out by BASES HPSA assessors, who have undergone formal training specific to this scheme. Once the information in the portfolio application form and the supporting references has been assessed, the applicant will be informed by the BASES Office whether or not the application may progress to the next stage of the observation and interview.
The HPSA competencies were initially identified through a rigorous audit of the skills and competencies required in high performance sport. They were further developed through consultation with key stakeholders, including UK Sport, the HCSIs and representatives from professional sports.
HPSA is for a 5 year term. During this time you will also hold BASES Sport and Exercise Scientist Accreditation. Re-licensing will be required to maintain HPSA.
A hierarchical model of accreditation has been developed to provide a scheme that is not only specific to high performance sport but also of a higher standard. HPSA therefore provides a professional pathway for practitioners and a higher level of quality assurance for employers.
Because HPSA is competency-based, it is the attainment of these that is essential to gain HPSA. Whilst some of these can only be developed whilst working in high performance sport, others can be developed in other sport environments. Prospective applicants are advised to use the HPSA competencies to plan their continuing professional development (CPD) and to find a mentor who can provide guidance and direction in such development.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to identify a mentor (ideally someone who holds HPSA) who can provide guidance in their professional development and attainment of the HPSA competencies; this should be done early in the process of preparing for HPSA.
It is important that prior to an application the guidelines are read carefully, and where appropriate, the applicant seeks guidance from their mentor. Given the number of methods by which applicants are assessed, as well as the need for receipt of references and the scheduling of the observation and interview, the applicant should expect the assessment process to take approximately 3 months.