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Certification of training & specialist registration

This section of the site brings together everything you need to know about certification of training and specialist registration.

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 three routes to specialist registration:

  • CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training)
  • CESR(CP) (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration – Combined Programme)
  • CESR (Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration)

CCT

CCT is the route for doctors who’ve completed a full GMC-approved training programme.

For more information about the CCT, including the application process, FAQs and contact details at the RCOG, please visit the CCT page.

CESR(CP)

CESR(CP) is the route for doctors who were appointed above ST1 level to a GMC-approved training programme since 1 August 2007, who at point of entry into the programme wish to count time spent in previous non-GMC-approved posts towards their O&G specialty training.

For more information about the CESR(CP) route, including how to apply, FAQs and contact details at the RCOG, please visit the CESR(CP) pages.

CESR

CESR is the route 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.

For more information about the CESR route, including how to apply, FAQs and contact details at the RCOG, please visit the CESR pages.

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