Applying for specialist or GP registration

This guide explains the process for making an application to join the Specialist Register or GP Register. In order to be granted specialist or GP registration doctors must hold full registration with a licence to practise at the point specialist/GP registration is awarded.

It focuses on the application routes that use the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration or the Certificate of Eligibility for General Practice registration (CESR/CEGPR) route.

To find the right application route for your circumstances and the specialty in which you want to practise, you should use our application route finder.

Application route finder

If you already know your application route, you can go directly to the guide via this list of specialist application guides.  

Each curriculum has its own specialty specific guidance (SSG), which provides details about the evidence you need to submit to us. The online application form gives a brief overview of what’s required for each area, but the SSG has much more information.   

Make sure your CV meets our guidance for specialist applications and accurately reflects your employment history.

Starting your application

We’ve created an interactive application user guide which will show you the steps you will go through in the online application.  

When you start your application, we will send you guidance and support for your specialty.

If you have a question which isn’t covered in our guidance, you can contact our specialist applications team via 0161 923 6602 or Our core office hours are 9am-5pm.

Building your application

You have up to a year to do this stage.

You should submit evidence to us, which shows how you meet the speciality specific guidance (SSG). A successful application:

  • groups evidence together
  • contains no more than 150 uploads (this should be no more than around 1,000 pages of evidence)
  • contains evidence which meets the requirements of your specialty
  • has clear descriptions of any documents
  • has titles which match what is written on the proforma.

Reflect the specialty specific guidance

It’s important to make your evidence easy to follow. If your evidence isn’t clearly labelled, we will return it to you. Be sure to follow any naming conventions provided in the SSG (these may vary between specialties).

Don’t provide the same piece of evidence more than once. You can cross-reference evidence in the summary you provide.

Bear in mind that reviewers will be looking to see how your evidence meets the SSG and curriculum requirements.


We require that you have a verifier for the evidence you submit. A verifier is someone in a position of clinical leadership who can confirm that the information in a document reflects what you have done. Make sure your verifiers see the guidance when they agree to be your verifier, so they know what will be expected of them.

How is my evidence verified?


Make sure you nominate four to six referees for your application. Your primary referee must be your current clinical or medical director.

Guidance on choosing referees.


It’s important that you anonymise your evidence. We have a responsibility as an organisation that handles data to make sure that information about patients and trainees isn’t shared. As such, we can’t share any evidence that doesn’t meet anonymisation requirements with the royal college or faculty who assess your application.

How do I anonymise my evidence?

Authenticate certificate

If you have certificates from overseas, make sure you get them authenticated by a solicitor or the awarding body.

Working with your adviser

Once you have submitted your application to us, you’ll be introduced to an adviser. Your adviser will review your application within 30 days and give you advice to make sure you have the best chance of succeeding.

The clearer your evidence, the easier it is for your adviser to make sure it meets the requirements.

Improving your application

Following feedback from your adviser, you will have 60 days to improve your application.

Your adviser will be an expert in this process. You have a better chance of getting a positive response where you take advice and use this as an opportunity to improve your application.

We’ve created an interactive application user guide which will show you the steps you will go through in the online application.  

Submitting your application to a royal college or faculty

Once you and your adviser are happy with your application, you’ll need to close the application. We then prepare it to be submitted to your royal college or faculty.

They will assess your application and send their recommendation to us. Based on that recommendation, we’ll either add you to the specialist or GP medical register or inform you why you haven’t been successful.

If your application is unsuccessful

If you are unsuccessful and you believe your evidence hasn’t been appropriately assessed, you can either:

Find your application route and apply

For more detailed, step by step guidance on submitting your application or if you’re ready to apply you should use our application route finder.