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Trainee registration

This section of the site explains how to subscribe to the RCOG, to gain access to a range of benefits designed to support your training.

We encourage all candidates to register with the College to gain access to a range of benefits that will help you prepare for the exam and keep up to date on best practice.

For Trainees appointed to a type 1 StR post in the UK, it’s mandatory to subscribe to the Trainees’ Register. Annual renewal of the subscription fees is mandatory until you’ve passed the Part 3 MRCOG, at which point you’ll be eligible for the full membership benefits.

For Trainees appointed to FTSTA posts (fixed-term specialty training appointments), subscribing to the Trainees’ Register is highly recommended but not mandatory. However, if you require ePortfolio access, you will need to subscribe to the Trainees’ Register.

International Trainees and international exam candidates residing outside of the UK, including trainees in the Republic of Ireland are not eligible to join the Trainees’ Register, but it is strongly recommended that you become an RCOG Associate

If you already hold the MRCOG you are not eligible to join the Trainees' Register or become an RCOG Associate.

If you are unsure which RCOG ePortfolio to use please read the RCOG guidance on how to choose the right ePortfolio or contact the RCOG Membership Team.

For residents the in the UK only

UK Trainees must join the Trainees' Register, which provides a range of benefits specifically designed to support training. For more information, visit the Trainees’ Register benefits page.

If you have any questions about the Trainees’ Register, please email the Trainees’ Coordinator or call +44 20 7772 9955.

International trainee and examination candidates

Being an RCOG Associate provides you with tools to keep your O&G skills up-to-date, advance your career development and deliver the highest standards of care to your patients.

If you have any questions about RCOG Associate membership, please email the membership team or call +44 20 7772 6303.

UK Trainees - Subscribe to the Trainees’ Register

You need to register with the RCOG website before applying to join the Trainees’ Register. If you’ve already registered, please log on to the website using the ‘Sign in’ button in the top right-hand corner of the page. If you’ve registered but have forgotten your password, in the ‘Sign in’ section select the ‘forgotten password’ option to reset your password.

To subscribe, please complete the UK Trainee application form. Please allow 14 working days for your application to be processed, and remember to keep the College informed of any changes to your contact details.

The annual subscription fee for UK Trainees is £134. This includes the licence fee the RCOG pays to the Training ePortfolio providers, NHS Education Scotland (NES), for service provision and ongoing support. The subscription is valid for a 12-month period from when we process the payment. We will email you near the end of that period to remind you that your subscription is due for renewal.

Application information

It may take up to two weeks for your application to join the Trainees’ Register to be approved and your payment processed. You will not receive access to the benefits of the Trainees’ Register, e.g. TOG and StratOG, until your application has been completed.

International Trainees - Important update

From 1 September 2016, all international Trainees and examination candidates will only have the option to become an RCOG Associate. This will be retrospectively applied to anyone who was previously registered on the international Trainees’ Register. 

Becoming an RCOG Associate is the first level of professional membership of the RCOG for doctors that provides you with the tools and resources to keep your O&G knowledge and skills up-to-date, advance your career development and deliver the highest standards of care to your patients.

As an Associate, you’ll have access to a pathway towards full RCOG Membership for those who choose that option.  For those who decide not to take the MRCOG examination, you’ll continue to have access to the information and resources you need to develop your skills and expertise in women's healthcare whilst being part of a global network of experienced O&G practitioners.

Read our FAQs to understand in more detail why we’re making this change and what it means for you.

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