Training FAQs

Overseas exams and eligibility for training and CCT

Please note the following points when considering these FAQs:

  • Where Irish Primary examination is used, this refers to the Membership examination of The College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (MCAI)
  • Where Irish Final examination is used, this refers to the Fellowship examination of The College of Anaesthetist of Ireland (FCAI)
  • Where UK Final examination is used, this refers to the Final RCoA FRCA Examination
  • With effect from 1 April 2015 the Irish Primary examination ceased to be recognised as an exempting examination as part eligibility towards the UK Final Examination. The RCoA will continue to recognise the Irish Primary examination as an exemption examination, for those who passed the exam prior to 1 April 2015, in accordance with the standard validity period of seven years
  • Where any Irish trainee or EEA trainee is used, this is in line with the EU Directive 2005/36/EC which refers to free movement and recognition and which is only applicable to European nationals or those who have a right to be treated the same
  • If your circumstances do not match those described do not try and extrapolate an answer. We strongly advise that you contact the training department for further advice (training@rcoa.ac.uk).

 


 

Recruitment/appointment to ST3 training

I am an Irish trainee who completed my first two years of anaesthesia training in the Republic of Ireland training programme and passed the Irish Primary examination. Am I eligible for appointment to ST3 in the UK training programme?
Yes. Recognition of European Union training can count towards the training completed in the UK programme for the award of a CESR via the combined programme route providing that it is supported by evidence that it was approved by the relevant competent authority within that EU country. You must demonstrate (to the RCoA) that the first two years in the Irish programme is comparable to the /equivalent/similar in learning outcomes to the UK programme. If this is demonstrated and you complete the remaining requirements of the UK programme, you would be eligible for a CESR via the combined programme route.

Am I eligible for a CCT?
No. In order to be eligible for a CCT you will need to also pass the UK Primary Examination. For more information on recognition of European Union training, contact the Training Department (training@rcoa.ac.uk). 

I am a Spanish (*any EEA) trainee who completed my first two years of anaesthesia training in the Spanish (*any EEA) training programme and passed the respective examination. Am I eligible for appointment to ST3 in the UK training programme?
Yes. Recognition of European Union training can count towards the training completed in the UK programme for the award of a CESR via the combined programme route providing that it is supported by evidence that it was approved by the relevant competent authority within that EU country. You must demonstrate (to the RCoA) that the first two years in the Spanish (*any EEA) programme is comparable to the /equivalent/similar in learning outcomes to the UK programme. If this is demonstrated and you complete the remaining requirements of the UK programme, you would be eligible for a CESR via the combined programme route.

Am I eligible for a CCT?
No. In order to be eligible for a CCT you will need to also pass the UK Primary Examination. For more information on recognition of European Union training, contact the Training Department (training@rcoa.ac.uk).
I am an Irish trainee who completed my first two years of anaesthesia training in the Republic of Ireland training programme and passed the UK Primary examination. Am I eligible for appointment to ST3 in the UK training programme?
Yes. You must demonstrate that the first two years in the Irish programme is comparable to the /equivalent/similar in learning outcomes to the UK programme. If this is demonstrated and you complete the remaining requirements of the UK programme, including the UK Final Examination, you would be eligible for a CCT.

I am an Irish trainee who completed my first two years of anaesthesia training in the Republic of Ireland training programme but have not passed a primary examination. Am I eligible for appointment to ST3 in the UK training programme?
No. It is a ST3 entry requirement that applicants must have gained the full Primary FRCA – or a suitable postgraduate examination.

I am an Australian trainee who completed my first two years of anaesthesia training in the Australian training programme and passed the UK Primary examination. Am I eligible for appointment to ST3 in the UK training programme?
Yes. You must demonstrate (to the RCoA) that the first two years in the Australian programme is equivalent/similar in learning outcomes to the UK programme. If this is demonstrated and you complete the remaining requirements of the UK programme, including the UK Final Examination, you would be eligible for a CESR through the combined programme route.

I am an Australian trainee who completed my first two years of anaesthesia training in the Australian training programme and passed the Australian Primary examination. Am I eligible for appointment to ST3 in the UK training programme?
No. See answer to previous FAQ. In order to be eligible for appointment to ST3, you will need to pass the UK Primary examination.

I am a CT2 trainee with the Irish Primary. Am I eligible to apply for ST3 posts?
Yes, providing you achieved the Irish Primary exam prior to 1 June 2015, and as long as you re-enter specialty training (ST3) by 31 December 2016. If you subsequently pass the UK Final examination within 7 years of completing the Irish Primary, and complete all the other requirements for anaesthetics training 'in-programme', you will be eligible for a CESR via the combined programme route .

I am a CT2 with the UK Primary examination. Am I eligible to apply for ST3 posts?
Yes. As long as you subsequently pass the UK Final examination and complete all the other requirements for anaesthetics training 'in-programme', you will be eligible for a CCT.

I am a CT2 trainee who has so far failed to pass the UK Primary examination. If I subsequently pass the Irish Primary examination, am I eligible to apply for ST3 posts?
No. With effect from 1 June 2015, the Irish examinations are no longer acceptable in lieu of the UK examinations and you will not be eligible to apply for ST3 posts.

I am a SAS grade doctor working in the UK who has passed the Irish Primary or Final exams and am applying to enter or re-enter UK ST training. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, providing you achieved the Irish Primary/Final exam prior to 01 June 2015, and as long as you re-enter specialty training by 31 December 2016.

I am a CT1 trainee and have passed the Irish Primary MCQ examination prior to 1 June 2015. If I subsequently pass the Irish Primary OSCE/SOE examination, am I eligible to apply for ST3 posts?
No. The GMC statement refers to ‘complete’ exams and so you will have to pass the UK Primary in its entirety in order to be eligible for appointment to ST3.

 


 

Progression through training (ST4–ST5)

I am an ST3 trainee who has so far failed to pass the UK Final examination. If I subsequently pass the Irish Final examination, am I eligible for a CESR via the combined programme route?
No. With effect from 1 June 2015, the Irish examinations are no longer acceptable in lieu of the UK examinations for progression from ST4 to ST5. In order to progress in training, you must pass the UK Final examinations.

I am ST5 trainee and have passed both the Irish Primary and Final examinations prior to 1st June 2015, will I get a CESR[CP]?
Yes, providing you complete the remainder of the GMC approved programme in its entirety. 

I am a ST4 trainee with the UK Final examination. Am I eligible for a CCT?
Yes, providing you complete the remainder of the GMC approved programme in its entirety. 

I am a ST6 trainee who achieved the Irish Final examination on the 2007 Curriculum. I have subsequently transferred to the 2010 Curriculum. Am I eligible for a CCT?
Yes. The GMC has confirmed that if you have had this confirmed by the College, your route of entry to the specialist register will not be rescinded.

I am a ST3 trainee and have passed the Irish Final Written examination prior to 1st June 2015. If I subsequently pass the Irish Final Viva examination, am I eligible for a CESR via the combined programme route?
No. The GMC statement refers to ‘complete’ exams and so in order to progress in training, you will have to pass the UK Final in its entirety.

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