Answers to frequently asked questions about Assessment of Training, required for entry into the Part 2 MRCOG exam.
Do I need to have my training assessed?
All candidates must apply to have their training assessed to confirm their eligibility before applying for the Part 2 MRCOG exam.
When can I apply to have my training assessed?
Candidates can apply to have their training assessed after passing the Part 1 MRCOG exam.
How do I apply to have my training assessed?
Applications can be emailed or posted to us, with the correct documentation.
To request an Assessment of Training form, please go the AoT form page.
To download the form, you must be logged in to the RCOG website.
What happens after I have submitted my Assessment of Training form?
Emailed applications will receive an acknowledgement message. Postal applications will receive an acknowledgement message within 7 days of the documentation reaching our offices.
Please allow up to 8 weeks for your application to be processed. Applications are processed in order of date received.
Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to any queries about individual applications.
If we have a question about your application, or require any additional information, we will email you directly.
How much does it cost to have my training assessed?
There is no fee for the application for Assessment of Training. You will be informed of the Part 2 fee once assessment of your training has been successfully completed.
The form provides two routes to apply – Route A and Route B. What’s the difference?
There are two routes to approval of training for entry into the Part 2 MRCOG exam:
This route is for trainees in the recognised UK specialist training programme. Route A trainees must be in intermediate training to be eligible to sit the Part 2 MRCOG exam. Consequently, trainees must be at ST3 level or above at the date of application for Assessment of Training.
This route is for trainees NOT in the recognised UK specialist training programme. Route B trainees should demonstrate that they have spent a minimum of 4 years in obstetrics and gynaecology full-time or equivalent post-registration posts in the UK or overseas before being eligible to sit the Part 2 MRCOG exam. This must include at least 2 years (full-time or equivalent) in the specialty within the 4 years preceding a candidate’s initial assessment of training application.
Find out more information regarding the Part 2 MRCOG regulations.
Can I email my Assessment of Training documents to the Exam Department?
Due to a rule change in January 2018, trainees can now return the completed Assessment of Training form by email. Please follow the submission instructions at the end of the form.
You will need to attach either originals or an attested photocopy of your experience certificates.
I have multiple documents to send, but the application process specifies one file. What should I do?
There are many online free-to-use PDF merge tools that combine multiple files into one document. Please do not email separate documents to the Examinations Department. You should combine all your necessary AoT files into one document and then attach it to your email.
Do UK trainees (Route A) need to provide experience certificates?
No. Trainees entered onto the UK specialist training programme are not required to submit supporting documents. A completed Application of Assessment of Training form with Route A selected and a National Training Number (NTN) included is sufficient.
Do my certificates/letters from consultants-in-charge need to be on hospital letterheads?
Yes. Certificates must be issued by the hospital on official hospital letter headed paper.
What information needs to be included on my certificates?
Your certificates must be clearly dated and include details of the position held, the hospital you are/were working for and the exact dates (at least month and year) that you started and completed the appointments; and be signed by your consultant-in-charge. Contracts or appointment letters are not accepted.
What if my experience certificate isn’t in English?
You will need to submit an attested translation of your experience certificate together with a copy of the original document.
Will my documents be sent back to me?
No. Any documents submitted are retained by the Exam Department. We therefore ask you to submit attested copies of any documentation you wish to keep, rather than sending originals.
What does ‘attested copy’ mean?
An attested copy is a document that has been verified as a true copy of the original document by one of our approved individuals/institutions (see below). Experience certificates must be attested with an ink signature. Plain photocopies of certificates will not be accepted.
Where can I get my documents attested?
Certificates can be attested by:
- A Fellow or Member of this College
- The university or hospital issuing the certificate
- The British Council
- Your embassy
- A solicitor
If attested by your hospital, the individual attesting the certificate should be the Consultant-in-Charge under whom you worked, Hospital HR Manager or the Head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department.
How do I correctly attest copies of my experience certificates?
To attest your experience certificates:
- Photocopy your original experience certificates.
- Take the photocopies and the original experience certificates to one of the following acceptable signatories:
British Embassy, British High Commission, British Consulate, British Council, the university or hospital issuing the experience certificate, your own Embassy, a solicitor/notary, a Fellow or Member of the RCOG
- Ask the signatory to sign/stamp the photocopy to confirm that it is a true copy of the original document. They should include the date, a printed name, their occupation and telephone number. The signature/stamp must be clearly legible and in English and if they are a member or fellow of the RCOG they must include their membership number.
- Send the signed/stamped photocopy, with the signature/stamp in ink, with your application form and fee to the College address. NB – photocopied signatures/stamps are not valid and will not be accepted.
Which overseas hospitals are recognised for Part 2 Assessment of Training?
All overseas hospital-based posts in obstetrics and/or gynaecology are recognised.
My assessment form was incomplete and I was asked to submit additional certificates – what is the deadline for this?
The Exam Department no longer keeps incomplete Assessment of Training applications for more than 6 weeks after the Assessment of Training closing date. Should we require additional experience certificates, these documents must be submitted no later than 6 weeks after the Assessment of Training closing date. After this period, incomplete applications will be destroyed and candidates will subsequently be required to submit a new application should they wish to reapply.
Do I need to have my training reassessed before each attempt of the Part 2 MRCOG exam?
There is no need to have your training for the Part 2 MRCOG assessed again, once it has been approved by the College. Candidates are able to apply for the Part 2 MRCOG examination online. The Part 2 MRCOG exam calendar page contains details of the next application period.
The Assessment of Training application form asks for details of pre- and post-registration training. What does this mean?
Pre- and post-registration refers to the period before and after registration as a doctor with your national medical council. It does not refer to registration with the RCOG. Any training undertaken before registration as a doctor with your medical council will not be considered in your Assessment of Training application.
What is the RCOG Trainees’ Register?
The RCOG Trainees’ Register is not related to Part 2 MRCOG Assessment of Training. The Trainees’ Register is an optional resource offering a number of benefits to assist candidates in preparation for the Part 2 MRCOG. These include eLearning resources and free or reduced journal subscriptions. The RCOG encourages trainees to subscribe to this resource.