Update on MRCGP fees

Publication date: 21 August 2019

The RCGP has announced a 2% rise in MRCGP examination fees. This is the first rise in exam fees since 2017/18 and is below the rate of inflation over the same period.

For trainees who registered with the RCGP after 1 July 2015, the cost of the Applied Knowledge Test will increase from £450 to £459 and the Clinical Knowledge Test from £1325 to £1352.
Exam fees are tax deductible for trainees. The cost of Associates in Training (AiT) Membership to the College has been frozen since 2016.
The College said the rise is necessary to cover the costs of providing the professional licensing exam that all trainee GPs must pass in order to demonstrate that they can practise independently and safely as a GP in the UK.
The College examination does not make a profit. Any ‘surplus’ goes back into further development of the exam so it remains current and relevant to everyday life in general practice and prepares trainees appropriately. 
Fees for the three-part MRCGP are on a par with the examination fees of other Medical Royal Colleges and professional bodies, but it incurs additional costs such as backfill for examiners who are practising GPs. Unlike other specialties, general practice is unable to use ‘real’ patients to test trainees’ competence, so role players are used.
RCGP Honorary Treasurer, Dr Steve Mowle, said: “We fully understand that some trainees face financial hardship while studying for the MRCGP, and we want to reassure them that the College does everything we can to avoid any increase in fees. 
“Variability around the number of trainees taking the exam each year means that it is impossible to guarantee a ‘break even’ at the end of each financial year. Therefore, it is inevitable that we will make a small ‘surplus’ in some years, and a deficit in others - as happened in 2018/19.
“The College does not look at exams in isolation but at the whole trainee experience.
“The College greatly values all our trainees and we advise everyone to take up the opportunities offered as part of their AiT membership, including local Faculty support and access to College services such as our Online Learning Environment and trainee journal InnovAiT.”


Further Information

Full details of MRCGP exam fees

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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