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Applying for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register with a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)

This page is to help doctors who are eligible* to apply for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register with a Certificate of Completion of Training.

From 31 March 2013, all applications for a CCT must be made within 12 months of a doctors expected completion of training date. This change also affects doctors who are currently eligible to apply but haven’t yet done so. Please read our news article before you continue.

Once you have started your online application, you will have a period of six months to complete it. It will automatically be closed after this time. Instructions on setting up your online account are given at the end of this guidance.

If you are eligible to apply for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register with a CCT your Royal College or Faculty will notify us of your completion of training date during the final year of your training. We will invite you to make your application around four months before your completion of training date.

When your Royal College or Faculty is happy that you will complete your training, they will send us a recommendation. We cannot grant your application and certificate until 10 days before your completion of training date and we have received both your application and recommendation.

This guidance will take you through the process of completing the application online. If you have not yet received your invitation, you may wish to save this guidance as a favourite and return to it later.

Your steps to specialist or GP registration

  • Wait for us to invite you to apply
  • Read this guidance (5 pages)
  • Activate your online account, if you have not already done so
  • Log in, complete your application and pay your fee

There is more detailed information about these steps on the following pages of this guidance.

*If you are not sure if you are reading the right guidance for you, you can check by answering a few questions (opens in a new window). (You may have already answered these questions. If you are still unsure, please contact us.)