Delays to specialist applications

We’re currently processing a large number of applications. Thank you for your patience - we’ll aim to progress your application as quickly as we can.

Our offices are closed at the moment so please don’t send your application by post. Send it by email to

Existing specialist certificate

This is for doctors who have a certificate making you eligible for specialist registration and you want to apply to be on the Specialist Register.

Am I eligible to apply?

You can apply if your certificate is from one of these organisations.

  • Specialist Training Authority
  • Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board.

Your certificate also needs to be one of the following.

  • Certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST)
  • Certificate of completion of training (CCT)
  • Certificate of eligibility for specialist registration (CESR).

And your certificate must have been awarded between 12 January 1996 and 31 January 2007.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria to apply, email us to ask for a CN22 existing certificates application form.

You’ll need to complete and return it to us:

General Medical Council
Specialist Applications team
3 Hardman Street
M3 3AW

What happens after I apply?

Your name will appear on the Specialist Register on the date we grant your application. 

Please check the medical register before you take up a post that requires you to be entered onto the Specialist Register.