Regulating doctors, ensuring good medical practice

Certificates of Completion of Training

This section provides information about Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT).

It is a legal requirement that a doctor practising as a substantive, fixed term or honorary consultant in the NHS holds specialist registration and that a doctor practising as a GP in the UK holds GP registration. A CCT confirms that a doctor has completed an approved* training programme and is eligible for entry onto the GP Register or the Specialist Register.

Because we have approved and quality assured the training programmes that eligible CCT applicants have completed, an application for CCT is less complicated and quicker than other certification applications.

If you are a doctor looking for guidance on which certificate you are eligible for and how to apply, please see our applications guidance.


All doctors who are eligible for a CCT will be notified by their Royal College or Faculty between three and six months before they complete their training. Following that notification we will contact the doctors and invite them to apply online for their CCT. 

An eligible doctor is in training or has trained in approved* posts and is following or has followed the training programme as detailed in the relevant specialty curriculum.

Recognition of CCTs in Europe

The CCT is awarded to specialist doctors under Annex V (point 5.1.2) of Directive 2005/36/EC for the UK. The certificate confirms satisfactory completion of specialist training which satisfies the requirements of Article 25 of the Directive or Article 28 where the specialty is General Practice.

*Approved by one of the following organisations

Period Organisation
Before September 2005 (for specialists)

The relevant medical Royal College or Faculty

Before September 2005 (for GPs)

The Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice (JCPTGP)

Between September 2005 and March 2010

Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB)**
From April 2010 The GMC
**Before 31 July 2007 Some training posts that were completed before 31 December 2006 may have been approved retrospectively by the Royal College or Faculty for that specialty (including General Practice). This approval will have been granted before 31 July 2007 and the doctor will have a letter from the Royal College or Faculty confirming this.

Read frequently asked questions for doctors about CCT

Read about applying for GP and specialist registration in our applications section.

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