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Registering early

The RCGP is urging GP registrars to register early for certification to avoid predicted delays stemming from a huge increase in applications.

Between October and February, the college dealt with 1,766 applications for certificates of completion of training (CCT).

It took an average of a

week to turn around each


But Dr Bill Reith, chair of the RCGP postgraduate training committee, warned that applications may be slowed up in the coming months because numbers are set to rocket .

Delays in certification prevent registrars from working for extended periods following training.

Dr Reith said: 'The RCGP has had almost 3,000 applications for the May sitting of the examination and as we expect all of these doctors to apply for a CCT, the certification unit is going to be pretty busy.'

The college has urged registrars to double-check their forms for errors and ensure they are applying for the correct regulations, to prevent delays.

Tips on applying for certification

· Prepare well in advance

· Check whether to apply via article 10 (CCT) or article 11 (equivalence) route

· Check everything required by the RCGP and PMETB

· If applying for article 11 retain all information on education and training possible, not matter how banal

· Apply early and read the small print

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