Becoming an RCPCH examiner
RCPCH Fellows may apply to become an Examiner for MRCPCH and DCH examinations. We provide a comprehensive assessment and training programme for all Examiner Elects.
The RCPCH Examinations Team is very grateful for all the support and time that is freely given by Examiners. In turn, our programme is aimed to reinforce and enhance the abilities of Examiners and to encourage them to participate in all elements of the assessment process.
On this page:
- Your online account
- Apply as MRCPCH or generic examiner - UK
- Apply as MRCPCH or generic examiner - overseas
- Apply as DCH examiner
- Apply as senior examiner
- When to apply
To ensure we have your updated details, we ask that all examiner applicants have an RCPCH online account. It takes just a few minutes to create your account.
Once signed in, you can go to Account and then Update My Details to check and edit your details, including your work information, contact preferences and interests.
We strongly urge you to complete the short Equal opportunities section on Update My Details. This information is key to undertaking examination performance analysis - find out more and how we use your data.
The 2017 intake for new examiner applications will open on 1 July 2016 and close on 30 September 2016.
The intake for UK Generic Examiners (MRCPCH/DCH) for 2017 is capped at 30 maximum. If you are interested in applying please submit a completed application when the application period opens.
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Overseas examiner application intake will vary from country to country dependant on current examiner numbers.
First, please contact the lead exam organiser for your region or the RCPCH to identify if we are currently recruiting.
(PDF, 50KB) - for consultant paediatricians for the MRCPCH examinations in an RCPCH overseas centre, such as Hong Kong, Egypt, etc. Please submit your completed application to the local/chief organiser of MRCPCH exam activity in your country, the Principal Regional Examiner (PRE) for your region and the RCPCH office in London
DCH only applications can be submitted at any time of the year for review by the DCH Board and RCPCH Examinations Executive.
For the DCH (Diploma of Child Health) only examinations - applications are welcome from non-consultant grade and non-principal grade GPs with a background in another specialty or paediatricians whose experience and knowledge makes them suitable to examine for the DCH. All applicants must hold membership status with a Royal Medical College before submitting their applications.
DCH Examiner Elect application form (PDF, 50KB)
The Examinations Team accepts applications only during the periods specified in the examiner key dates section.
Applications submitted outside of these application periods may be returned. This schedule is to allow your completed application form and supporting references to be forwarded to the examiner selection subcommittee of the Examinations Executive Committee for approval.
Once approved, you will then be confirmed as an Examiner Elect and will be given the opportunity to participate in the training programme.
(PDF, 29KB, 3 pages) - a detailed explanation of the appointment process
We particularly welcome applications from individuals who have contributed to at least one RCPCH Question Writing meeting.
Applicants must have held substantive consultant posts for two or more years before applying. Applications from individuals in locum posts will not be considered.
Generic examiners (MRCPCH and DCH) must be Fellows of the RCPCH before they can examine independently. If you are not yet a Fellow, we recommend you apply for Fellowship as soon as possible and certainly soon after you have attended your initial examiner training session / before you observe and live mark with your mentor at your first exam. Your official appointment as an examiner will only be processed once your Fellowship application is approved.
For more details please contact the MRCPCH Clinical Exam Coordinator on 0207 092 6126.