Applying for the Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) 

Find out how to apply for the college’s core psychiatric exam.   

You can apply to take the Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies – otherwise know as the CASC – if you have:  

  • Worked twenty-four months’ whole time equivalent post foundation / internship experience in Psychiatry 

  • Been awarded a pass in Papers A and B or you comply with transitional arrangements 

  • Have sponsorship in place. 

You also must be able to demonstrate one of the following: 

  • if your post is within a programme of approved training you must have successfully completed the Annual Review of Competence Progression by the time you apply for CASC. 

  • for all other posts you must have successfully completed an Assessment Portfolio, showing achievement of equivalent competencies to those defined in the ARCP [LINK TO GMC WEBSITE], to include competencies in Psychotherapy and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or Intellectual Disability [LINK TO INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY FACULTY PAGE]. 

How to apply  

To apply you’ll need to complete our online application form. You should allow about 15 minutes to complete it. Here you'll be able to update your contact details and enter your training history including medical registration. 

Please also have your credit/debit card details handy for payment, as well as the email address and full details of your sponsor. 

Below you’ll find detailed information about completing each section of the form. Any questions? Contact examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk 

Contact details

This address will be used to post your results to. If you are already registered with the College, only your contact details that you previously requested for mailing will show. You are able to update your details by clicking the ‘Update my contact details’ button.

Disability and Special Requirements

Please indicate if you have a disability and/or special requirements that may require reasonable adjustment.

Candidates who have any special requirements (in the form of disability or illness) that may affect their performance in the examination are advised to inform the College at the earliest possible opportunity in order that they may be assisted where possible.

A medical certificate is often required in support of such claims and will be considered in accordance with the College’s policy. Candidates with dyslexia are required to submit a report from an Educational Psychologist with their completed application.

Please complete the special requirements form (docx) and return to the College by the close of the application period at the following address:

Dr P. Bowie, Chief Examiner
CASC Exam
Examinations Unit
Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
London E1 8BB

You must provide up to date details of your registration.

All applicants must select their status – Either UK Trainee, UK Non-Trainee or Overseas.

All applicants are requested to give details of current and all previous psychiatric posts in chronological order, starting with the current/most recent.

If you have made an application before, your previous training posts will be displayed.

You must complete details of your current training post including your status as a UK Trainee, UK Non-Trainee or Overseas candidate.

Failure to do this will mean your sponsor will be unable to access the sponsorship page and your application will not be completed. You would then need to contact the Examinations department to re-set your application.

Your validity period will be displayed as well as any previous attempts.  If your validity period has expired you will not be permitted to continue with the form and must contact examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk

For more information on how your validity period is calculated, visit our FAQs or download the following guidance document:

Guidance on CASC examination application

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