New Applicants

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body for the recruitment industry. When new members apply to join the REC, only those that have passed the online Compliance Test will be able to use the REC logo on collateral and professional material, including tender and marketing documents.  

Since July 2012, all applicants for REC membership must pass the Compliance Test before they are able to become full REC members and use the logo.

Members have three attempts to pass within six months from the date they are invited to take the test; this will usually be when initial payment has been received and the relevant checks undertaken. The first attempt must be taken within one month of receiving our invitation. If this is not done this attempt will be forfeited leaving a further two attempts only remaining.

New applicants are known as “unqualified members” until they pass the test, this means that they have access to all REC member benefits which include the Legal Helpline, but will not be able to use the REC logo until they pass. If applicants do not pass the Compliance Test they will not be permitted entry into REC membership and must wait six months before re-applying.

In addition to taking the Compliance Test new applicants for membership will either have to commit to adopting the REC’s model contracts with clients and candidates or submit their own terms. These terms will be assessed for compliance against the Conduct Regulations.

There is a range of support materials available to help new members pass the test, included a training test. These can be found on the Compliance Test Site.

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