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Certification of training & specialist registration

Everything you need to know about certification of training and specialist registration

The RCOG is responsible for recommending doctors to the General Medical Council (GMC) for inclusion on the Specialist Register. It’s a legal requirement to be entered on the Specialist Register before taking up a consultant post in the NHS.

There are 2 routes to specialist registration: CCT and CESR.


Certificate of Completion of Training

For doctors who are on the CCT application route.


Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration

For doctors who haven’t completed a GMC-approved training programme, but who are able to demonstrate that their specialist training, qualifications and experience are equivalent to the requirements for the award of the CCT in the UK.

FAQs and guidance

Guidance and answers to frequently asked questions on CCT, CESR and changes to CESR (CP).