Things to do before you start your professional life: a guide for final year students

Here at the BCA, we understand that the first few weeks and months out in practise after you graduate can be a little difficult to navigate.

The BCA is here to help! We have been supporting chiropractors for 97 years and help those joining the profession in lots of ways, but the most fundamental to you right now are:

  • A support network within the chiropractic community
  • Indemnity insurance (all chiropractors are required to have this)

What do I need to do to start practising as a chiropractor?

To become a practising chiropractor you need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and to have an indemnity insurance cover. We know that it can be difficult to juggle the requirements when you first graduate and therefore we have put together this quick guide for you to help you go through the process of becoming a registered chiropractor, ready to practise.

However, the resources that we provide to help you in your professional life do not end here. We offer a FREE student membership and by becoming a BCA Student Member you can get access to a variety of bespoke resources designed to address important aspects of your student and professional life. You don’t have to wait until you graduate to join us. Scroll down to find out more and join today!

Join the BCA as a student for free and get the help you need, plus exclusive member access to BCA Insurance Services and a variety of resources. These include:

Advertising – our classified ads provide an abundance of job opportunities from across the country. Our advertising does not end there, we carry ads for clinic premises to buy or rent, second-hand equipment and upcoming CPD courses. Our main advertising in InTouch newsletter and Contact magazine showcases a wide array of product and services providers.

Contracts Templates and Guidance – The BCA provides pro-forma template contracts and staff handbook for the use of all its members. The documents are incomplete and provide differing options, depending upon the circumstances and approach adopted by individual practices.

Contracts Advice – The BCA has an HR advisor for employees and the self-employed. The advisor is able to give advice on aspects of contracts and HR legislation.

Practice and Practising Resources – There are many resources that the BCA makes available to its members as part of their membership. Below are just a few of the resources that we think will be particularly relevant:

Practice Management Resources

Some of the information/guidance you will need in everyday practise.


As healthcare professionals, there are many of areas compliance that you must adhere to and the BCA has information, tools and advice to help you navigate you way through.

Chiropractic Awareness Week

Annual awareness week led by the BCA.

Brand Hub

Celebrate your membership of the BCA by displaying this ‘BCA Member’ logo on your website and social media channels.  This is one part of communicating the BCA’s Vision, Mission and Aims.

Brand Partnerships

Strategic relationships that have direct benefits to our members and their patients, the latest partnership is with KAYMED.

GDPR Templates

Templates to support GDPR compliance as well as guidance notes to help you clarify your responsibilities under GDPR.

Practice Start Up Pack

Document designed to help those seeking looking to set up their own clinic business.

iRefer Imaging Guidance

iRefer is an essential online reference tool, published by The Royal College of Radiologists, providing up-to-date guidance on selecting the most appropriate imaging investigation for a range of clinical problems. Access to discounted imaging standards courses.

COVID Information Hub

A comprehensive guide to managing clinic and practise procedures under COVID. Regularly checked and updated.

BCA Plus/BCA Privilege

BCA Plus is an exclusive offers on a range of products and services, especially for BCA members. BCA Privilege is a portfolio containing money-saving discounts, designed to support you both personally and professionally.

Ongoing CPD Programme and Session Archive

Regular CPD/informational sessions programme covering a broad range of interest areas. Annual conference. Large video archive of previous session material.

BCA Community

Whether through our weekly newsletter, In Touch (sent to members every Friday), our triannual magazine, Contact, our regular BCA Sessions programme, Conference (more information coming soon and will be added to this page), social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) and website, the BCA has a strong community to belong to and be proud of.

And more!

  • Exam preparation tips.
  • Top tips on how to be busy and brilliant in clinic, boost retention and improve your patient management, in your first year and beyond.
  • Financial advice and resources on income protection, investments and savings, mortgages, workplace pensions, retirement planning and more from our insurance services partner, Lloyd & Whyte.
  • Information on Continuing Professional Development (CPD), the Post-registration Training (PRT) programme from the Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC) and how to make the most out of these opportunities.
  • New Chiropractor Frequently Asked Questions

To become a BCA Student Member, click here.

More information and access to all of the above you can find here.

Please note that you need to be a registered student member to access this page. 

To find more about joining the BCA as a practising member in 2022, click here.