FAQs for membership fees and renewals


When is my membership due for renewal?

On the 1 April - the annual subscription year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

How is my membership fee calculated?

Our membership fees are based on your annual overall gross income (before tax) from any medical/non-medical related income carried out in the previous tax year or current personal circumstances. Please note that Income from pensions should NOT be included in your calculation.

You can reclaim up to 40 per cent in tax on your membership by using the tax receipt in your order history HMRC has advice on making a claim; for specific tax advice, speak to your tax advisor or accountant.

How can I pay for my membership?

You can pay for your college membership by either card or Direct Debit. If you wish to set up a Direct Debit you can select the schedule that best suits you; monthly, quarterly or annually.

Don’t forget, you can claim back up to 40% from HMRC which reduces your membership fee even further!

Do I need to do anything if I pay by Direct Debit?

No, your membership will automatically renew on the 1 April.

If you need to change your fee due to a change of circumstances, or change the frequency of your payments, you will need to make these changes by 16 March 2021.

How do I change my direct debit payments?

To make changes to your Direct Debit log into your MyRCGP account.

For this April 2021 renewal, these changes need to be made by 16 March 2021.

Can I change how I pay?

You can pay by credit card or Direct Debit. To start paying by direct debit simply log into MyRCGP and click on 'renew your membership' or. You can pay by direct debit in monthly, quarterly, or annual instalments.

To pay in instalments your direct debit needs to be set up before 1 April 2021.

I am an AiT - Why is my membership due for renewal?

The college membership year runs from April to March for all members.

The initial registration fee when you join the college is a fixed price and it covers the cost of setting up your portfolio and other administrative aspects until March 2021.

When your membership comes up for renewal in March 2021, your renewal fee will then be based on your training pathway.

How do I resign my membership?

We are sorry to hear you wish to resign your membership with the College. To resign your membership you need to complete the resignation form and a member of staff will be in touch to confirm the receipt shortly.

Changing/updating your details/circumstances

How do I update my personal details?

To change your preferences or update your profile, simply log in to MyRCGP and edit your Personal Details under Manage my Account

From here you can update your email address, phone number and postal address.

How can I update my circumstances?

Maternity, adoption, retirement, unemployment, sickness, income change and hardship all count as a change of circumstances and as such can entitle you to a discount on membership for the following year.

There is no need to resign your membership if you are moving abroad, just contact the Member Services team

More information about the membership fees and changes to your circumstances.

I am going on maternity leave/I am retiring from general practice

If your circumstances have changed since the last renewal you can update you details by logging in to MyRCGP and changing your personal details by clicking Manage my account.

Maternity, adoption, retirement, unemployment, sickness, income change and hardship all count as a change of circumstances and as such can entitle you to a discount on membership for the following year.

There is no need to resign your membership if you are moving abroad, just contact the Member Services team on mebership@rcgp.org.uk to discuss transferring to the reduced overseas membership rates.

How can I access my receipt to claim back on my taxes?

How can I access my receipts?

After payment of your membership fees, a receipt will automatically be emailed to you. For past receipts, simply log into your online account and click 'Renew your membership'. All receipts are saved under 'Order History'.

Is my membership fee tax deductible?

Yes! You can claim back up to 40% from HMRC which reduces your membership fee even further!


I am having trouble accessing my account

I'm unable to login / I've forgotten my login details?

  • Have you reset your password? Find out how you can reset your password below.
  • Email addresses are case sensitive. Did you enter your email address all in lower case, or with capital letters at different points?
  • Has your email address changed recently? If you log in with your old email address, you can then  update your profile with your new email address. 

If you are still unable to login, our Member Services team are on hand to help, just email membership@rcgp.org.uk.

How do I reset my password?

You can reset your password on our website and enter your email address. Be sure to check your spam or trash folder for the reply.

Accessing the benefits of my membership

What is RCGP Plus

As part of your RCGP membership you get to experience and enjoy exclusive access to RCGP Plus – a wide variety of additional member benefits and offers from our selected partners for no additional membership fee.

We secure preferential rates, exclusive offers and added value packages for members on a wide range of products, services and experiences with leading brands and retailers.

How do I get my Totum Pro (former NUS) card?

TOTUM Pro is a new discount card for association members, brought to you by the team behind TOTUM powered by NUS extra.

I am interested in becoming a Fellow, how do I do this?

We award fellowship in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine, and general practice in particular. Fellows are ambassadors for RCGP.

In order to be eligible for Fellowship you must have been a continuous member in good standing for 5 years. If you would like to look at paying retrospectively to close any gaps in membership, please contact us.

If you have any further questions regarding fellowship please email us or call us on 020 3188 7665.

RCGP awards

Our awards recognise the contributions made by people working in general practice. In many cases, awards are made possible by generous contributions from RCGP members and sponsor organisations.

Find out more on how to nominate someone for an award.

How do I contact my RCGP representative?

AiTs (Trainee GPs) and First5s (GPs in their first 5 years after qualifying) have dedicated committees to help with the specific needs of those in the early stages of their general practice careers. Contact your representative

All other members can get in touch with their local faculty who are there to support members at a local level. Faculty boards represent members at Council.

How do I get my membership certificate?

RCGP membership certificates acknowledge your membership status and display your pride! By joining RCGP, you have demonstrated your commitment to high professional standards.

If you are a new Member or an AiT upgrading to Member and you have passed MRCGP, MAP and MRCGP[INT] you will automatically receive a membership certificate free of charge.

The certificate displays your College membership, rather than proof of you passing an examination and are only valid whilst your membership remains in good standing.

What did the college achieve in 2018/2019?

Check out some of the College's achievements over the past year.

RCGP volunteering

Make even more of your Royal College of General Practitioners membership by joining our community. Network and connect with your peers, develop personally and professionally and know you are supporting great doctors, providing great care – three incredible reasons to get involved.

Find our latest RCGP Volunteering opportunities

What is the Trainee Portfolio?

The Trainee Portfolio is where the trainee records their learning in all its forms and settings. It is designed to be an educational tool that will facilitate and record the trainee’s clinical and personal development throughout training. It is the system used to record the evidence collected through workplace based assessment (WPBA). It might be described as the ‘glue’ which holds the curriculum, learning and assessment together.

Find out more about the Trainee portfolio

Do I have to sign up for RCGP Membership to access the FourteenFish portfolio?

Membership with the college is not mandatory while you are training. However, you do need to sign up with RCGP to access the portfolio to complete your training.

The AiT portfolio is included in AiT membership with the college and even though it is a separate platform you need to be registered with RCGP to access to FourteenFish.

If you do not wish to have membership with the college the fee for the just portfolio for 3 years will be £935 and you will be unable able to claim that back on tax like you can with membership.

Find out more about the Trainee portfolio

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