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Information for Trainees Appointed to Higher Specialist Training Programmes (SpRs) up to December 2006 

Applying for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)

The criteria for award of a CCT for SpRs is:


  1. Completion of a minimum of 36 months of basic specialist training approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  2. Successful passes at MRCPsych Part I and MRCPsych Part II Examination.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 36 months of higher specialist training in the SpR grade.

A trainee can expect to have their final RITA assessment within three to six months of their CCT date. Trainees will be given a Form G which is the final record of satisfactory progress. This signals the successful conclusion of a training programme leading to the award of a CCT. Trainees can apply to the College for a CCT application pack within six months of their CCT date or once they have their final RITA assessment, whichever comes first.


The postgraduate deanery will send a copy of the Form G to the Professional Standards Department at the Royal College who in turn, will send a CCT Notification Pack. It is the responsibility of the trainee to ensure that all sections of the Notification Form are completed correctly and accurately. The trainee must register online with the GMC for their CCT within six months of their CCT date. Trainees should apply online at


On receipt of the above information, the College will check the approval status of the training and make a recommendation to the GMC accordingly.

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