Created through Act 857 of 2013, the Allied Health Professions Council is a body mandated with the regulation of the allied health professionals in Ghana. It also mandated with maintaining and promoting professional conduct and efficiency among these practitioners. This mandate seeks to provide the highest quality of healthcare and medical safety to the Ghanaian people. So, if you are an allied healthcare professional in Ghana, you will need to familiarize yourself with this agency for all your registration and licensing services.
The council caters to healthcare professionals who are quite distinct from medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry. These professionals provide diagnostic, technical, and support services, together with other health care workers to make sure patients have the best health outcomes.
Professions regulated by the Allied Health Professions Council
The professions under the council are:
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Environmental Health
- Health Promotion
- Dental Health
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Medical Physics
- Disease Control
- Health Information and Record Management
- Speech Therapy
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
How to register with the AHPC
You can complete APHC registration online through the council’s website. Upon completing the registration and passing the licensure examination, you will receive a license to practice in Ghana. There are three available types of certification that provide varying lengths of time that an applicant can practice in Ghana. They are:
- Temporary registration: an applicant can only practice in an approved institution, and it lasts only three months. The registration is renewable yearly for a maximum of 3 years.
- Provisional registration: an applicant can only practice in an AHPC-approved institution, and their registration is valid for one year.
- Permanent registration: an applicant who has practised for one year with the provisional registration has completed the internship, and has satisfied the board on all accounts can register and acquire a permanent certification. The professional should renew it before 31st December the following year.
Qualifications for registration
These are the prerequisites you should fulfil before initiating registration with Allied Health Professions Council of Ghana.
An applicant must:
- Hold a degree in any of the programs listed above or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution that is approved by the board or
- Provide evidence that they have undertaken and completed an internship program in an accredited allied health care facility
- Have passed a professional qualifying exam
- Satisfy any other requirements set by the board
If you fulfil the above requirements, you can now use the AHPC professional registration system to complete your registration.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Visit the Allied Health Professions Council login
- Click on “Register Now” box on your upper right-hand of the screen
If you are a new visitor, you need to click on “Not Having an Account, Sign Up” box to set up your account. Enter your first and last name, a valid email address, create a password and confirm it, and then click “Sign Up”. You will then click on the confirmation link sent to your email to verify your account. The verification activates your account, and it is ready for use.
- If you already have an account click on the “Sign In” box
- Click on “ My profile”
- Enter the required personal information
- Select your type of registration
- Select the correct discipline
- Upload the relevant academic documents
- Add the institutions of learning associated with the documents
- Enter any work-related information
- Enter the “End Date” particulars if you are currently working
- Enter your referee’s names and valid email addresses
- Click ‘Finish’
You have now completed the online registration, and you can print the Allied Health Professions Council registration form. You will then need to pay the stipulated registration fee towards the “Allied Professions Council”, account number 113130014299 in the Ghana Commercial Bank, Korle Bu Branch, Accra and obtain the banker’s draft as evidence of the payment. Take the registration form, the banker’s overdraft, and academic documents to the AHPC office in Accra.
AHPC registration for exams
Every professional who wishes to acquire a license from the AHPC must sit for the agency’s licensure exams. It is only after passing this exam that you will be considered certified.
A potential candidate needs to download the exam registration form on the AHPC’s website after logging in. Once you’ve downloaded the form, fill it with all the expected details.
You should then pay a non-refundable fee as announced by the council and acquire a banker’s draft as evidence of the payment.
You should then submit the form, banker’s draft, and the relevant academic documents to the Council Secretariat in Accra.
An applicant should have completed their internship program (where applicable) before sitting for the examination.
The licensure exams take place between October and January every year. The exam dates, exam centres, and fees are, therefore, announced before 31st July of every year. If a candidate is unsuccessful or has failed to sit for the licensure examination for any reason, they can take a supplementary examination as set by AHPC.
The council reserves the discretion to conduct these professional examinations when they deem fit, and it’s up to applicants to keep tabs on new information on the agency’s website or social media pages.
Once the examinations are administered, the AHPC will announce the results as soon as they are ready. The candidates who qualify are registered and gazetted to provide the public with the opportunity to know the new registered allied health professionals.
The candidates are then provided with a unique Professional Identification Number (PIN) as proof of registration with AHPC allowing them to practice in Ghana.
Allied Health Professional Council PIN renewal
The PIN is renewed every year with an old PIN expiring on 31st December of every year. Therefore, all Allied health practitioners should have completed the AHPC PIN registration by the above date.
Here is the process you need to follow to complete the AHPC PIN renewal:
- Visit the AHPC website
- Click on “Register Now” on your upper right-hand side of the screen
- Create an account if you don’t have one using the steps given above
- If you have an account enter your credentials to access your account
- Select “Click Here to Log In With Pin” in the Renewal box
- Enter your Professional Identity Number (PIN) in the box provided
- Click “ Sign In”
- Fill in all the necessary details
- Upload a formal passport photo
- Click ‘Next’ to update your CPD details, which include the year of renewal, any CPD taken and uploading a document verifying the CPD.
- Click ‘Next’
- Enter the year of renewal
- Click the box on the left to agree to the information you have provided. If you need to correct any field, you can click on the ‘Previous’ box to take you back to the field that requires the adjustment.
- Click ‘Finish’ to submit your filled form to the AHPC
Now, you need to pay the annual renewal fees according to your qualification.
The latest fees released by the organization are as follows:
- BSC/MSC: GH¢ 150.00
- Diploma: GH¢ 100.00
- Certificate: GH¢80.00
The payment is payable to “Allied Health Professions Council”. The account number is 113130014299 at GCB, Korle Bu Branch, Accra.
Print the filled PIN renewal form, attach the bankers’ draft, the current PIN card, and submit them to the AHPC office in Accra.
You have now completed the AHPC PIN renewal process. The council will then gazette and publish the names of all practitioners that have renewed their PIN. This gazettement is meant to show your good standing with the registration body and to show potential employers that you’re eligible for employment. It also allows you to continue to practice your profession in Ghana if you are already employed.
The Allied Health Professions Council provides the training syllabus, registration, and licensing of allied health workers in Ghana. With its revamped online portal, allied health professionals can easily access these government services. The AHPC license allows allied practitioners to practice in Ghana while showing their outstanding competence. Using this detailed guide, you can now register for professional examinations, licensing, and PIN renewals. Make sure to register for these services on time so you can continually enjoy helping patients whenever they need you.