Information for doctors in training

This page provides information about revalidation for doctors in training.

Every doctor who is fully registered with a licence to practise needs to participate in revalidation. This includes doctors who are in training.

Doctors in training are those who:

  • are in foundation year two
  • are in a GMC approved LETB/deanery training programme or post
  • have a fixed term specialty training appointment (FTSTA)
  • have a locum appointment for training (LAT).

Postgraduate medical education organisations are responsible for doctors in training. In England, this is the responsibility of the local education and training boards (LETB). Elsewhere in the UK, deaneries have this responsibility.

If you’re a doctor who is in foundation year one and have provisional registration, you do not need to revalidate and you won’t have a connection to a designated body. Once you move on to foundation year two, that’s when you will start to participate in revalidation.

How you will revalidate

As a doctor in training, we know that you are working within a highly governed system and that your practice is already subject to regular review. This means that revalidation will be straightforward for you and the process similar to that for most other licensed doctors; you will have a connection to a designated body with a Responsible Officer who will make a revalidation recommendation for you.

They will make a recommendation to us periodically. They will base their recommendation on your participation in the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process.

This means you need to be engaged in the assessment and curriculum requirements of your training programme, to be engaged in the processes to support revalidation.

Supporting information

Licensed doctors will need to collect supporting information to show how they are meeting our professional standards in their daily practice.

As a doctor in training, you will be generating this information to meet the requirements of your curriculum and training programme. You will also be in regular discussion about your progress and outstanding learning needs with your supervisors. These discussions should include summarising and reflecting on strengths and weaknesses, and significant achievements or difficulties, which will usually encompass information on significant events, and complaints and compliments.

If your training programme does not require you to routinely collect items of supporting information, you are not expected to go beyond the requirements of your training programme and collect this. If you have undertaken any other work outside of your training programme you should discuss this with you Responsible Officer.

There is nothing extra you need to do to be ready for revalidation.

When you will revalidate

When you revalidate depends on how long your training lasts:

  • If your training lasts less than five years, your first revalidation will be at the point of eligibility for CCT. Your revalidation date can be set up to 60 days after your CCT date, as we know CCT dates can move.
  • If your training lasts longer than five years, you will be revalidated five years after you gained full registration with a licence to practise, and again at the point of eligibility for CCT.

For doctors who were in training when revalidation started in December 2012, their revalidation date was set by their Responsible Officer. The table below shows how the dates were set:

Expected CCT date  Your first revalidation 
Expected CCT between 3 December 2012 and 31 March 2013 Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016
Expected CCT between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2018 At point of eligibility for CCT
Expected CCT after 31 March 2018, and those trainees who do not currently have an expected CCT date Between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2018. (Your responsible officer can bring forward your revalidation to align with your expected CCT date where necessary.)


Your revalidation date

You can see your revalidation date by logging into your GMC Online account.

Four months before your recommendation is due from your Responsible Officer, we will send you a formal revalidation notice. Your Responsible Officer can make their recommendation to us at any time during the four month period. You do not need to have received your CCT in order to revalidate.

Your revalidation recommendation

Your Responsible Officer will be asked to confirm you are up to date and fit to practise. As the ARCP process takes account of revalidation, they will draw mainly on your participation in this process when making their recommendation. But they may take account of other relevant information, for example, from employers.

If there are ever any concerns about your fitness to practise, your dean will discuss these with you.

We will send you formal notification of your revalidation decision.

We provide guidance for Responsible Officers who make recommendations for doctors in training.

Changes to your CCT date

If your expected CCT date moves this means your revalidation date may no longer align to your CCT date. Don’t worry if this happens. Nearer the time your Responsible Officer will contact us to adjust your revalidation date to bring it back into line with your expected CCT date.

If you have any questions about your date you should speak to your Responsible Officer.

If we change your date we will always let you know, and you will always receive four months formal notice of your revalidation date.

What happens if my CCT date is delayed?

If your CCT date is delayed, your Responsible Officer can request to defer your revalidation date. They can do this once you are in your four months formal notice period. This is the earliest your Responsible Officer can make a deferral request.

They can ask us to defer your revalidation by up to twelve months. If your CCT date is delayed by more than 12 months, your Responsible Officer will need to request a further deferral at the appropriate time.

For example, your revalidation date is in six months’ time and you do not expect to complete your CCT by this date. If this happens:

  • Your Responsible Officer will request a deferral in two months’ time, when you are in your formal four months’ notice period.
  • You will receive a later revalidation date – up to a maximum of 12 months - based on the expected CCT date your Responsible Officer tells us.

If your expected CCT date is more than 12 months away, when you enter your next formal notice period your Responsible Officer will request another deferral.

What happens if my CCT date moves forward?

If your CCT date moves forward and you are in your four months formal notice period, there is no need to change your date. Your Responsible Officer can submit a recommendation about you at any time during the formal notice period.

If you’re not in your four months formal notice period, your Responsible Officer can request for your revalidation date to be brought forward. They can make this request within six months of your new CCT date. Because CCT dates can change, we ask your Responsible Officer to wait until six months before the new date to avoid multiple changes.

For example:

  • Your revalidation date is in two years’ time and your expected CCT date is in five months’ time. Your Responsible Officer will make a request to bring your revalidation date forward and we will issue you with your formal four months’ notice.
  • Your revalidation date is in two years’ time and your expected CCT date is in 12 months’ time. In six months' time your Responsible Officer will request your revalidation date is brought forward. We will issue your formal four months’ notice at the appropriate time.

Taking an approved break from your training programme

We know that doctors sometimes take an approved break from training. This might be because they are taking up an out of programme training or research post, going on maternity leave, or because of long term sick leave.

If you take an approved break, your submission date and prescribed connection will remain the same, and you do not need to do anything. If your revalidation date falls when you are out of training, your Responsible Officer will have the option to make a recommendation to defer your submission. This is a routine, administrative decision, which does not have any impact on your licence to practise.

Leaving your training programme or taking an unapproved break

If you leave your training programme and you don’t have a national training number (NTN), you will not have a connection to a LETB or deanery.

You must provide us with information about your connection for revalidation. You can do this through your GMC Online account. You can check if you have a new designated body by using our online tool.

If you do not have a connection to a designated body, you must tell us. We have information about revalidation for doctors without a connection.

We will write to you to remind you to give us details about your connection. If you do not update this information when we ask you to, your licence to practise will be at risk.

If you’re not working as a doctor, or working wholly outside of the UK (except in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Gibraltar) you may not need your licence. You might decide it’s better to give it up. You can maintain your registration without a licence, and this shows others you remain in good standing with us. You can apply to have your licence restored if you need it again in the future. You should speak to your LETB or deanery if you are not sure whether you should give up your licence to practise.

See our pages on giving up your licence and restoring your licence for more information.

Completing your training programme

When you complete your training, you will need to update your connection. You can use our online tool to check whether you have a connection to a designated body. You will then need to tell us which designated body you are connected to, or that you do not have a connection, by using GMC Online.

Read our guidance for doctors leaving foundation training.

Read our guidance for doctors leaving speciality training.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read our frequently asked questions if you have further questions about revalidation.

Contact us

Please get in touch with us if you have a question about revalidation.