Becoming a FRCA examiner

Applications to FRCA examinership

The College invites applications to the FRCA Board of Examiner Anaesthetists once or twice a year. Examiners are recruited to Primary or Final examinations depending on the requirements of each board.

The application window for Primary FRCA examiner recruitment opens on 13 June 2024.
Application forms will be available on our website from 13 June, and the deadline for submission is 31 July 2024.

Dr Kevin O'Hare
Chair of the FRCA Final Examination 2019-2022

"I have gained a huge amount of personal and professional satisfaction, and equally rewarding has been the knowledge that I'm helping the next generation of anaesthetists."

Dr Jason Walker
FRCA Primary Examiner and Statistics Lead

"I think there’s enormous value in working with other examiners. Whether you’re writing questions or examining, you’re taking clinically relevant topics and working through them with other anaesthetists at a very high level of detail.
At the centre of this whole process is a candidate who is relying on you to give them their best chance."

Insider's View 

  • Why become an examiner – read the blog by Dr Jason Walker here.

Selection and appointment process

All details regarding eligibility, selection and appointment can be found in the FRCA selection and appointment of examiners regulations.  

Applicants shall be assessed against the FRCA Examiner Person Specification (Appendix A of the Regs) and if selected, are expected to adhere to the duties and responsibilities set out in the FRCA Examiner Job Description (Appendix B of the Regulations).

Selection is based on eligibility, the number of examiners retiring, as well as geographical distribution, numbers from individual hospitals, subspecialty interests, clinical and basic science examiners, representation of teaching and district general hospitals and experience.  The College does not discriminate on grounds of protected characteristics.


The Education, Training and Examinations Board expects all examiners to make a full commitment to the examination. 

There are three sittings of the Primary FRCA OSCE and SOE: November, January and May each academic year, and two sittings of the Final FRCA SOE: December and June.

After successful completion of the probationary year, examiners should be prepared to commit to at least 10 days of examining plus 3 days for core group meetings/working parties per academic year. There will be some additional work in your own time, such as question writing and marking of exam papers.

It is expected that this duty will take precedence over all other commitments unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Before taking up their appointment duties, all successful applicants are required to attend an examiner training day , which includes principles of assessment and taking part in mock exams. Training typically takes place on a Friday in September.

New examiners who are unable to attend this training day will have their appointment deferred until the following year. 

All examiners are expected to undertake annual exam specific equality and diversity training.

Examiner contracts

Most examiners are engaged on the standard contract but we also accept applications for Less Than Full Time or Flexi from year 2 of the examiner tenure. 

Retirement from clinical practice

Please note that any examiner retiring from clinical practice during an academic year is normally required to retire from examining. Although the board may approve continuation of examining or exam duties, to the end of the academic year in which an examiner retires, conditions apply.

FRCA examination structure and marking systems

The structure and marking systems of all FRCA examination components can be found at Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 of the Primary and Final FRCA Examination Regulations.

The regulations of the examination are published and are available here.

If you require any other information, please do not hesitate to contact Tanya Wright


Work for wider NHS England

A letter signed by Amanda Pritchard, NHSE CEO, has been sent to NHS organisations in England about the release of doctors for work for the wider NHS, including college activity. The letter writes to encourage NHS organisations and their Board to look favourably on requests from doctors wishing to undertake national or regional work for the wider benefit of the public and of health services.