When we introduce the MLA

  1. When we introduce the MLA
  2. Keeping up to date

Until 2023, international medical graduates can still apply for the PLAB test, if they want registration with a licence to practise in the UK. The information below explains what happens if a doctor has just finished one or both parts of the PLAB test when the MLA is introduced.

Passed both parts of the PLAB test 

This won’t change – the same as now, you will have up to two years to apply to us for registration with a licence to practise from the date that you passed PLAB part 2.

Passed PLAB 1 but not attempted PLAB 2 

Provided you passed PLAB 1 less than two years ago, you won’t need to take the MLA applied knowledge test (AKT). Instead of PLAB 2, you will be able to take the MLA clinical and professional skills assessment (CPSA). 

When you pass the CPSA, you’ll be able to apply for registration with a licence to practise. You will need to apply within two years of passing the CPSA.

Attempted PLAB 1 but not passed it

You will be able to sit the MLA applied knowledge test. There will be a maximum number of attempts and any previous attempts at PLAB 1 will count towards the maximum number. We’re finalising that maximum number and will let you know as soon as we can. 

When you pass the AKT, you will need to take the clinical and professional skills assessment within two years.

Passed PLAB 1 and attempted PLAB 2, but not passed 

Provided you passed PLAB 1 less than two years ago, you won’t need to take the MLA AKT. 

You will be able to take the MLA CPSA. There will be a maximum number of attempts and any previous attempts at PLAB 2 will count towards the maximum number. We’re finalising that maximum number and will let you know as soon as we can. 

When you pass the CPSA, you’ll be able to apply for registration with a licence to practise. You will need to apply within two years of passing the CPSA.