Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration

It is a legal requirement that doctors must have their names entered on the General Medical Council's (GMC's) Specialist Register before taking up substantive, honorary or fixed term NHS consultant posts in the UK. Most doctors achieve this by completing a UK training programme resulting in the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT*, formerly known as CCST). However, doctors who have completed specialist training overseas or via a non-CCT pathway may be eligible for entry to the Specialist Register without undergoing further training in the UK. These doctors may be able to apply for an assessment to determine their eligibility for Specialist Registration. This is known as the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration or CESR.

Under the CESR pathway, surgeons may apply for evaluation of their specialist training or specialist qualifications as well as acquired specialist medical experience or knowledge wherever obtained, to determine if they are equivalent to a surgeon who has completed a UK CCT (or CCST or a CESR (CP)).

If you are considering applying for entry onto the Specialist Register through CESR, please review our Guidance for Applicants and FAQs before you make your application. We also strongly advise you to contact the GMC for advice and carefully review their guidance.

*All references to CCT also refer to the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration via a Combined Programme (CESR (CP))