Applying for a CEGPR (AP) Frequently Asked Questions

I passed an examination outside my training programme. How do I apply for a CEGPR(AP)?

Provided you meet the application criteria for the CEGPR (AP) route, the GMC will send you an email around three weeks after your examination result is published, inviting you to apply. You can check whether you meet the application criteria by visiting the GMC website.

What is the application fee?

The application fee is payable to the GMC and published on the GMC website.

Is there a deadline for making my application?

An application for a CEGPR (AP) must be made within twelve months of leaving your general practice training programme.  If your last day in training was over twelve months ago, you will need to make an application through the standard CEGPR route.

How long does it take for my application to be processed?

Once you have submitted your application form and payment to the GMC, it takes approximately one month for it to be processed. Your final ARCP form will need to have been signed by you and all details of the training programme recorded correctly on it.

Can I work in general practice while my application is being processed?

No, you must not work in general practice before your CEGPR (AP) is issued and your name is included in the GP Register.

Am I eligible to become a member of the RCGP?

If you are awarded a CEGPR (AP), you are eligible to apply to the RCGP for membership of the College (MRCGP). Once you have received your CEGPR certificate, you can contact the Membership Department to apply for this.

Am I eligible to apply for a CEGPR (AP)?

I passed an examination more than six months after my last day in training:

If you were given permission by the Chief Examiner (or a nominated deputy) to sit the AKT or the CSA more than six months after your last day in training, you may apply for a CEGPR (AP). When you make your application to the GMC you will need to attach the Chief Examiner’s letter giving you permission to sit the AKT or the CSA at a later date.

If you passed an examination more than six months after your last day in training, and there were no mitigating circumstances which prevented you from sitting during the first six months, you will not be eligible to apply for a CEGPR (AP). You will need to make an application through the standard CEGPR route.

 

I passed an examination outside training. At my final ARCP Panel it was recommended that I should add to my eportfolio and make other improvements, as well as pass the AKT/CSA:

You are not eligible to apply for a CEGPR (AP). In order to be eligible, your final ARCP form must show that all other aspects of the training are complete with all Workplace Based Assessment competences rated ‘Competent for Licensing’ or above on your final Educational Supervisor review and with no outstanding actions other than to pass the AKT or the CSA. You will need to make an application through the standard CEGPR route.

 

I trained when the examination regulations allowed unlimited attempts at the AKT and the CSA. I have now passed an examination outside training after more than four attempts:

If you sat the AKT or the CSA after you left your training programme, having obtained the express permission of both the RCGP and your deanery or HEE local office to do so, and you satisfy the CEGPR (AP) application criteria published on the GMC website, you are eligible to apply for a CEGPR (AP).

 

I completed my training more than 12 months ago but I have now passed my examinations:

An application for a CEGPR (AP) must be made within twelve months of leaving your general practice training programme. If your final day in training was over a year ago, you will need to make an application through the standard CEGPR route.

 

I completed the three year training programme for general practice but wasn’t able to pass all my examinations. I won’t have another opportunity to sit the examinations:

You are not eligible to apply for CEGPR (AP).  You are eligible to make an application through the standard CEGPR route.  We advise reading all the available guidance before deciding whether or not to submit an application.

I’m still not sure whether I meet the criteria. Who can I contact for advice?

You can send an email with your question to gpsa@rcgp.org.uk. If you would like to speak to a GP Specialist Applications Adviser, please telephone 020 3188 7656.

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