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The CESR, or Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration, is the route to specialist registration for doctors who have not completed a GMC-approved 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. CESR holders can apply for substantive consultant posts in the UK.

Important update – February 2019

Upcoming changes to the curriculum will affect future CESR applications. Applicants wishing to be assessed against the RCOG’s current 2013 (updated 2016) curriculum should have their entire application uploaded and finalised with the GMC before 15 April 2019 as this is currently the expected date the new curriculum would be approved by the GMC.

It is highly recommended that applicants start the process with the GMC well in advance of this date as it may take many days to upload and finalise an application. After this time it is possible that applications will be assessed against a new version of the curriculum.

An updated version of the Specialty Specific Guidance to accompany the new curriculum will be provided, however this is currently in development.

At this stage future applicants are advised to continue to refer to the current SSG as it is expected the structure may change but the bulk of the documentation is to remain the same.

The new curriculum encompasses the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities and further information can be found on the RCOG Curriculum 2018 web page where the consultation documentations can be found. Further information is available on the GMC website.


Who’s eligible to apply for a CESR?

To be eligible to apply for a CESR, you must have either undertaken specialist training for a minimum of 6 months or been awarded a specialist qualification in O&G by a non-UK country. More information about eligibility is available from the GMC website.


How do I apply for a CESR?

You will need to apply to the GMC, who will then send your application to the RCOG for evaluation. Making an application to the GMC can be an extremely lengthy and potentially stressful process and it is very important that you read the GMC’s general guidance and specialty-specific guidance before starting to put together an application.

You’ll need to provide a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that your specialist training and/or specialist qualifications are equivalent to the award of a CCT in O&G in the UK.

Full details of the application process are available on the GMC website.

Once the GMC has sent you a letter informing you that your application is complete and has been sent to the RCOG for assessment, the RCOG is not permitted to discuss your case with you until the GMC has sent you a letter informing you of the decision.


Where can I find more information?

For additional information, please see the RCOG’s FAQs about the CESR.

This website also contains more information about working in the UK for EEA doctors and non-EEA doctors.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or need more information, please email or call +44 20 7772 6451.


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