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International Trainees and exam candidates: FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about the changes to the Trainees' register for international Trainees and exam candidates.

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.


Why change?

Following a review of how doctors access RCOG services, we’re phasing out the international Trainees’ Register to make way for our enhanced RCOG Associate membership category.  Our aim is to maximise the support available to non-MRCOG doctors by providing additional services to help you maintain your O&G skills and keep up to date on the latest news and guidance. 

An RCOG Associate is the first level of professional membership with the RCOG.  The College is committed to promoting good practice and the improvement of women’s health care globally.   We’ve therefore improved the number of membership resources tailored to your needs as an international Trainee, to help navigate your training and preparation for taking our exam or to simply support you through each stage of your career. 

Read about some of our highlights from 2015 (PDF 1.18mb)


How will this change benefit me?

As an RCOG Associate you’ll have access to additional services including:

  • Access to the RCOG’s specialist professional development (CPD) programme and ePortfolio
  • Direct e-alerts on the latest clinical guidance
  • Monthly updates on the latest O&G and RCOG news and activities 

RCOG Associates receive all these benefits and much more as part of the RCOG community, view all the benefits of RCOG Associate membership

You’ll also receive an RCOG Associate certificate to demonstrate to colleagues and patients that you are keeping up-to-date. 


When will this change take effect and what do I need to do?

The change will be effective from 1 September 2016

To be eligible to become an RCOG Associate, you must

  • have a medical degree
  • have not passed the MRCOG
  • be working in or have an interest in women’s health care

Complete the application process online. 


I don’t have a medical degree. What are my options?

We are working on developing a new and improved Affiliate category.  If you are without a medical degree, please contact the membership team or call us +44 (0) 20 7772 6267 to discuss your options


What will I need pay to become an RCOG Associate?

The cost of becoming an Associate is based on your main country of residence: 

British Isles

  • Standard fee: £225


  • Band A: £225
  • Band B: £100
  • Band C: £75 

View the details of our country bands

To find out more, call us +44 (0) 20 7772 6303.


I’ve previously been on the international Trainees’ Register. How can I rejoin and become an Associate member?

To rejoin, contact the membership team or call us +44 (0) 20 7772 6267 to discuss your options.


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