Associates


If you are a graduate of a non-accredited college, you may wish to consider associate membership of CSTA.

The purpose of associate membership is to provide a route for those not trained at an accredited college to become registered members. It is seen as a short-term, transitory stage and we would expect you to become a full member within two years.

As with all our members, associate members are entitled to attend our AGM and receive our magazine, The Fulcrum.  However, associate members are not registered by the CSTA and as such are not permitted to use the letters RCST.

Almost everyone involved in the CSTA is a volunteer or near-volunteer, which enables us to keep subscriptions amongst the lowest for a professional body. The cost for associate membership is £120 for a year.

How to apply

You will need to provide the Registrar with full details of your training to ensure it adequately meets our standards. You are also required to have attended a course in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology. Once your application has been accepted, you will be assessed on your practical skills, on your understanding of the theoretical basis of the work, and on ethical and boundary issues.  Our Guide to Associate Membership of CSTA provides further information.

In the first instance, please call us on 0844 700 2358 or send an email to our Registrar.