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Revalidation for trainees

This section of the site brings together everything trainees need to know about revalidation.

What is revalidation?

Revalidation of a doctor’s licence to practise is designed to give patients greater confidence in the medical profession and to support individual doctors in maintaining and improving their practice. 

Starting from December 2012, doctors in foundation year 2 and doctors in specialty training need to revalidate, usually every 5 years. All trainees will be revalidated between 2012 and 2017. If your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) date is between 2012 and 2017, you should be revalidated when you get your CCT.

How does revalidation work for trainees?

For trainees, the revalidation process will be seamless with your ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression). Your deanery will inform you if they need you to attend the ARCP panel, as is already the case. If you have satisfactory ARCP outcomes, it's possible that your revalidation will take place without a face-to-face meeting.

For more information about how to prepare for revalidation, please read the advice about the revalidation and ARCP process for trainees.

Who’s responsible for revalidating trainees?

For trainees, your designated body (the organisation that will provide you with a regular appraisal and support you with revalidation) will be your Local Education and Training Board (LETB). Your LETB is assigned according to geographical location.

Your responsible officer (the person who will make a revalidation recommendation about you on behalf of your designated body) will be the Postgraduate Dean of your LETB.

Your ARCP panel will recommend to your responsible officer whether you can be revalidated. The revalidation decision is independent of your ARCP outcome.

Find out more about designated bodies and responsible officers.

Where can I find more information about the revalidation process for trainees?

The RCOG has collated some frequently asked questions about revalidation for trainees.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has also produced generic information about revalidation for doctors in training.

If you have a specific query about revalidation, please contact your LETB.

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