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What happens after I apply?

Your name will appear on the Specialist or GP Register on the date your application is granted, or on your completion of training date, whichever is the latest. 

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

What date will be on my certificate?

The earliest we will grant your application is ten days before your training completion date.

If we receive your application and recommendation before your this, your certificate date will be your training completion date.

If we receive your application or recommendation after your training completion date, your certificate date will be the same date we process and grant your application. We won’t back-date your certificate date to your completion of training date.

Your training completion date is provided to us by your royal college or faculty. If you don't know this date, please check with them.

I want to work as a GP in the UK

To start work as a GP in the UK, you'll need to complete a number of processes. Some of these are handled by organisations other than the GMC.

You must read our General practice in the UK page for information about applying to join a Performers List and Induction and Returner schemes.

These are extra requirements for you to work as a GP in the UK.

When will I receive my certificate?

We’ll post your certificate to your registered address when we have granted your application, no earlier than ten days before your completion of training date. 

We’ll post your certificate by second class mail. If you haven’t received it within 15 working days please contact us. We’ll only reissue your certificate up to two months after it was issued. 

You can check and update your registered address through your GMC Online account.

What information appears on my certificate?

Your certificate will include your:

  • registered name
  • primary medical qualification
  • specialty or specialties in which your certificate of completion of training is awarded
  • date that we awarded your certificate of completion of training
  • details of the legislation under which the certificate of completion of training is awarded

Certificate of completion of training legislation

The certificate of completion of training is awarded to specialist doctors under Annex V (point 5.1.2) of The Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications (The Directive) for the UK.

The certificate confirms satisfactory completion of specialist training which satisfies the requirements of Article 25 of the Directive (or Article 28 where the specialty is general practice).