Am I eligible to apply?

Can I apply? 

Your royal college or faculty will notify us if you’re eligible to apply for specialist or GP registration with a certificate of completion of training.

Once we've received their notification, we’ll email you to invite you to apply online through your GMC Online account. This will happen around four months before your expected training completion date.

We’ll send our invite to your GMC registered email address. You can check and update your email address through your GMC Online account.

Does my royal college or faculty need anything from me before they notify you?

You’ll most likely need to apply to your royal college or faculty first. You should contact them for instructions on their individual process.

Deadline for applications

You must make your application within 12 months of your training completion date. This applies to all doctors, including those who’ve completed their training but haven’t applied for the award of their certificate of completion of training.

If you don’t apply within 12 months of your training completion date, you won’t be eligible for a certificate of completion of training. You’ll only be eligible to apply for specialist or GP registration with a CESR or CEGPR through our specialty equivalence application routes.

I am not in an approved training post. Can I still apply for a certificate of completion of training? 

A certificate of completion of training can only be awarded to a doctor who has successfully completed a GMC approved training programme.

If you leave the training programme without having successfully completed all assessment elements of the programme (including national professional exams), you won’t be eligible for a certificate of completion of training.

I did not complete all of my training in approved training posts in the UK. Can I still apply for a certificate of completion of training?

Yes, you can still apply for a CCT if you have not completed all of your training in approved posts in the UK, as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • You entered UK training above the first year and were accepted onto a combined programme, on the basis of previous training and/or experience gained outside of a UK training programme
  • You have completed the minimum number of years on a UK training programme for your specialty applicable under EU legislation
  • Your College or Faculty recommended you to the GMC for a CCT.