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Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration through the Combined Programme – CESR(CP)

The CESR (CP) was introduced by the GMC in August 2007 and is the application route to specialist registration for doctors who were appointed to the specialty training programme above ST1 and will be counting time spent in previous non-GMC-approved posts towards their training.

Who’s eligible to apply for a CESR(CP)?

Trainees who entered the specialty training programme, above ST1, from August 2007 onwards who have not spent 100% of their training in GMC-approved posts should apply for specialist registration via the CESR(CP) route.

The RCOG recommends that the highest grade of entry into the CESR (CP) route is ST5. This ensures that trainees following the CESR(CP) route will complete their training in a GMC-approved programme.


How do I register for CESR(CP)?

On appointment to a numbered trainee post, please complete the RCOG's CESR(CP) form (Word 56kb) to document your previous experience in non-GMC-approved posts and email to the Quality Coordinator.

On receipt of the form, the RCOG will issue an enrolment letter.

Once the LETB receives this, they will apply to the GMC, who will formally confirm your application route.


How do I apply for a CESR(CP)?

When you have completed your training and have been issued with an Outcome 6 form, please complete the CCT / CESR(CP) notification form (Word document) and return to the college with the following documents: 

  • Copies of any ARCPs that are not on your ePortfolio
  • ARCPS/evidence of successful progression for any LAT/FTTA/SHO posts counting towards your training 

You will also need to complete an online GMC form. The link to this form will be emailed to you by the GMC. If you have not received this please let us know.

We aim to make a recommendation within 10 days of receiving your documents.


How should I manage trainees on the CESR(CP) route?

Please read the RCOG’s advice for Heads of Schools on how to manage trainees on the CESR(CP) route.


Find out more

For additional information, please read the RCOG’s FAQs about the CESR(CP) or visit the GMC website.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please email the Quality Coordinator or call +44 20 7772 6294.


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