Your certificate of experience

Your certificate of experience 

We need to see a certificate of experience to confirm that you have completed F1.

Your foundation school will send your certificate directly

Your foundation school will complete, sign and send us your certificate of experience. They will do this automatically, so there's nothing you need to do to arrange this.

They can do this up to 28 days before you are due to complete F1. If we have not received the certificate up to 14 days before you are due to start F2, we'll contact you to let you know.

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If you have completed an internship outside of the UK

You must have completed at least 12 months' continuous medical practice in an approved training post in a public hospital. You must have done this either immediately before or after you graduated.

Your internship must have included:

  • at least three months in medicine and three months in surgery, which lasted between 12 and 18 months,
    or
  • at least six months in medicine and six months in surgery, which lasted for 18 months or longer.

What do I need to provide? 

You'll need to email us a scanned copy of a certificate or letter of completion from your institution, which gives details of the dates and specialties of your rotations.

If you haven’t completed an internship

If you didn't complete an internship, we will accept evidence that you practised for two years continuously after you graduated.

We will check that your experience:

  • was undertaken in a public hospital that meets the standards for regulation within its jurisdiction and has established supervision, safety and governance systems in place.
  • includes at least three months of practising medicine, continuously and without interruption.
  • includes at least least three months practising surgery, continuously and without interruption.
  • was completed under supervision 

What do I need to provide?

You'll need to email us a letter from the hospital on letter headed paper, which gives details of the dates and specialties of your practice.