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Specialist and GP applications

This section provides information about the different types of applications that are available for specialists and GPs.

Read more about the Specialist Register and the GP Register or apply online now.

Important information for doctors intending to work as a GP in the UK

To start work as a GP in the UK, you'll need to complete a number of processes. Some of these are handled by organisations other than the GMC.

You must read our General Practice in the UK page for information about applying to join a Performers List and Induction and Returner schemes.

These are extra requirements for you to work as a GP in the UK. 

Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT)

If you have completed, or are about to complete, a full GMC approved training programme, you may apply for entry onto the Specialist Register or GP Register with a CCT.

Read more about CCT.

Specialty equivalence (CESR and CEGPR)

If you have not completed a GMC approved programme but are able to show that you have the knowledge, skills and experience required by the approved curriculum for your specialty, you may apply for entry onto:

  • the Specialist Register with a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) through specialty equivalence

or

  • the GP Register with a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR) through specialty equivalence.

The CESR and CEGPR application processes encompasses the General System for the recognition of the evidence of training, set out in The Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications.

Read more about CESR and CEGPR.

 

The combined programme (CESR and CEGPR)

If you have been appointed to a GMC-approved training programme above the usual entry point, and have successfully completed the rest of the approved training programme, you may apply for entry onto:

  • the Specialist Register with a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) through the combined programme application type

or

  • the GP Register with a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR) through the combined programme application type

Read more about the combined programme.

The CEGPR approved programme - CEGPR (AP)

If you have completed all parts of the GMC approved GP training programme, but failed to pass either the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) or Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) in training, you will not be able to apply for a CCT.

You may instead be eligible to apply for entry onto the GP register with a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration through the approved programme application type (CEGPR (AP)).

Read more about applying for a CEGPR (AP).

Sub-specialty recognition

If you already hold specialist registration you may be able to add a sub-specialty to your entry on the Specialist Register.

If you are applying for a CCT, you may be able to apply for recognition of a sub-specialty as part of your main application.

Read more about sub-specialty recognition.

Mutual recognition

If you are an EEA national and have a specialist or GP qualification that is acceptable for automatic mutual recognition in the UK, you can apply for full registration with a licence to practise and entry onto the Specialist Register or the GP Register.

Read more about automatic mutual recognition.