National professional examinations

To grant a certificate of completion of training, we need to be confident that the doctor has demonstrated the competencies set out in the specialty curriculum through assessments including national professional examinations.

We approve the curricula and assessments against our standards Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula, supported by guidance on assessment.

We need to go further to satisfy ourselves and assure the public that certificates of completion of training are awarded only where doctors have met our standards. We need to be assured that past success in passing an examination is accepted as current when entering or re-entering a GMC-approved training programme. We also need to be confident that the doctor genuinely has the competencies indicated by the pass. The pass should not follow a long run of fails at the same examination.

The information on the next page details the expectations we put in place.