Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration

The Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR)  is an alternative route if you are not eligible for a CCT but believe your training, qualifications and experience are equivalent. This might be because:

  • you trained as a general practitioner outside the UK
  • you are combining training in the CCT programme with other relevant training and experience. 

Before you apply for a CEGPR you must either have a qualification in general practice or at least six months specific training in general practice from anywhere in the world.

This type of application is more complex and time consuming than the CCT route. The fee for a CEGPR is set by the GMC.

Apply for CEGPR

Applications are made to the GMC online. You must also submit a folder of paper evidence by post.

You are strongly advised to read the Specialty Specific Guidance and our PDF guidance before making an application. The RCGP plays a part in assessing applications and can offer guidance on suitable evidence to support your application. However, the final decision to award a CEGPR is made by the GMC.

Once you have gained a CEGPR you are automatically included in the GP Register and can apply for posts in independent practice. Some doctors are also eligible for MRCGP. 

If you trained in the UK and passed all the assessments you may apply directly to the College for MRCGP. If you did not train in the UK but would like to gain MRCGP in addition to the CEGPR you will need to complete MAP (Membership by Assessment of Performance).

If you are following a three year programme, it may be possible to reduce the time in GP training with previous relevant experience. The three year training programme can be shortened but will no longer lead to a CCT. You must make a request early in your training to shorten the CCT programme and work towards a CEGPR through the Combined Programme (CP). 

It is not possible to be accepted onto the CP if your first gateway ARCP Panel has passed. You may still be allowed to shorten your programme but you must apply for a standard CEGPR towards the end of your training. 

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