Becoming an RCPCH examiner
The RCPCH Examinations Team are very grateful for all the support and time that is freely given by examiners. In turn, we provide a comprehensive assessment and training programme which is aimed to reinforce and enhance the abilities of its examiners and to encourage them to participate in all elements of the assessment process.
Important note about examiner applications
Unfortunately, we are not accepting any applications until after July (or later) as we are amending the whole examiner elect process. We also need to ensure that all those doctors who have applied to be examiners can complete their mentoring as there is quite a large back log. Please check the RCPCH website towards the end of summer when we will have a better idea of when we will again accept applications.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
A detailed explanation of the appointment process is outlined in the following document.
(PDF, 29KB, 2 pages)
Please complete one of the applications forms:
Consultant paediatricians for the MRCPCH and DCH Clinical examinations in the UK -
(PDF, 50KB, 4 pages)
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 -
(PDF, 50KB, 4 pages)
- 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, 4 pages)
Generic examiners (MRCPCH and DCH) must be Fellows of the RCPCH before they can examine independently. If you are a consultant currently in a substantive post interested in becoming an RCPCH examiner and are not yet a Fellow of the College your application for Fellowship must be submitted and approved before you can examine independently.
The Examinations Team recommend that you submit your Fellowship application as soon as you have attended your initial examiner training session and 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.
Applicants must also be in substantive consultant posts before applying. Applications from individuals in locum posts will not be considered.
All applicants should have attended / contributed to at least one RCPCH Question Writing meeting before applying.
Training and appointment
The Examinations Team accept 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 be given the opportunity to participate in the training programme.
For more details please contact the Examiner Liaison Section on 0207 092 6126.