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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)

What is CESR and what are the eligibility requirements?

The CESR provides a route for doctors who do not hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) to obtain specialist registration.  They must satisfy the GMC that their specialist training or specialist qualifications, when considered together, are equivalent to a CCT in the specialty in question.  Doctors who have undertaken a minimum of 6 months training or obtained a specialist qualification and acquired specialist medical experience or knowledge as a psychiatrist within a non-training post, and are currently practising, may apply to the GMC for assessment of their competencies.


Role of the College

The College’s role is to evaluate individual applications for Specialist Registration in Psychiatry and send recommendations to the GMC.  The College works closely with the GMC to ensure that a robust system of assessment is established.

To achieve this, the College:

  • determines criteria reflecting training requirements for doctors applying for the inclusion in the Specialist Register
  • evaluates individual applications for the inclusion in the Specialist Register
  • must be satisfied that the applicant demonstrates an equivalent level of competence to that of a UK  qualified specialist holding a CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training)

The College has produced Guidance notes for CESR Applicants.


Applying for a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)

CESR applications are made to the GMC, rather than to the College. Further information about how to apply can be found on their website: 


Specialty Specific Guidance (SSG)

Specialty Specific Guidance detailing the evidence requirements for each speciality is available from the GMC.


Additional Information


Trevor Brent
CESR and Training Co-ordinator
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Email: tbrent@rcpsych.ac.uk

 

Last updated July 2013