FRCA examinership application form

The application window for examiner recruitment 2022–2023 is now closed.
Applications for examinership 2023-2024 will open mid year 2022.

To check whether you are eligible, please read the Person Specification before submitting your application form. CVs are not required.

Further information on eligibility criteria is available in the Primary and Final FRCA selection and appointment of examiners 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.

If your application is successful, you should expect to attend:

  • compulsory training day in October (Primary) or November (Final)
  • sim-man training in March (Primary board only).

As an examiner you can expect to complete a term of at least six years and will be engaged to work at the College two-to-three times a year. If you are recruited to the Primary board, you will normally be required to attend two out-of-the three Primary OSCE/SOE exams. Final examiners are expected to attend both SOE exams and two Constructed Response Question standard checking online meetings. Examiners do not attend written examinations.

A full job description is available and all new examiners will be subject to a probationary period. 

Insider's View 

Notes to applicants

The Fellowship examination was restructured to the present two-part examination (the Primary and Final FRCA) in August 1996. A major change to the examination structure and marking system took place in 2009. The last examination review took place in 2015 and two changes to the Final FRCA exam were agreed:

  1. changes to the structure and format of the SOE from December 2018, and
  2. a change to the format of the Final Written exam from September 2019. Further details of exam changes can be found here.

A further review is taking place this year, in 2021.

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


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.

In addition; the Primary FRCA MCQ is held in September, November and February and the Final Written exams are held in September and March each academic year. Examiners are not required to attend Primary or Final written examinations.

Primary examiners are not normally expected to participate in more than two examinations per year. Final examiners are expected to be available for both Final SOE examinations and to attend a post standard setting meeting following the Final Written exams in September and March.

Once the probationary period is completed, all examiners can expect to become a member of a core group. Attendance at these meetings, and associated additional work, is considered an essential part of an examiner’s commitment. 

After successful completion of the probationary year, examiners should be prepared to commit at least 12 days per academic year to examination and core group activities, as well as some additional work in their own time, such as question writing and marking of exam papers.

Selection and appointment process

All details regarding selection and appointment can be found in the Primary and Final Examinations (Selection and Appointment of Examiners) Regulations 2018 (the Regs). The Regulations are available here.

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).


Examiners will be recruited to the Final and Primary examinations. Precise numbers of vacancies in each board are not known at this time but normally reflect the number of retirements from the current Boards of Examiners. Examiners may not always be allocated to their exam board preference at the first instance but can request to change to Final or Primary once they have completed their first probationary year.


The Education, Training and Examinations Board expects all examiners to make a full commitment to the examination to which they have been appointed, with the minimum time commitment identified above. It is expected that this duty will take precedence over all other commitments unless there are exceptional circumstances when any such leave of absence must be approved by the Chairman of the appropriate examination.


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 2 of the Primary and Final FRCA Examination Regulations.


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 for the Primary board takes place on a Friday in October in preparation for the November exam and for the Final board, on a Friday in November in preparation for the December exam. 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.

If you require any other information, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Examinations, Fiona Daniels.


Qualifications (including CCT if applicable) with dates

Please note that to ensure anonymity the details below are removed from application forms prior to being despatched to the examinations committee to carry out the scoring and selection process.

I am a Fellow of the College
I am in good standing with the College
I hold full registration, without limitation, with the GMC
If I am successful in my application, I would like to be considered for recruitment to:
Please note that the allocation of new examiners to examiner boards will depend on the requirement of the examination and the need to replace examiners retiring from both boards. Therefore, applicants may not be allocated to their preference in the first instance.

Current appointment (including date of appointment)

Previous relevant employment (consultant or SAS posts only, including locum posts)

Equal opportunities training (within the last three years)

Please provide date(s) and upload a copy of the certificate of completion below.


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Please provide the contact details of your clinical director and regional adviser, both of whom will be asked to provide structured references

I have read the person specification and job description and believe I meet the essential requirements for this role.

I have spoken with my trust regarding applying for this role and I would be able to commit to 11 days or more per academic year.

I confirm that I do not have any restrictions or warnings against me practising medicine within the UK.
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To help us do this, we encourage you to complete the following questionnaire on ethnicity, diversity and inclusion as this data will help us:
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