Becoming an RCPCH examiner

consultants in meeting webU.JPGThe 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

UK MRCPCH or Generic Examiner Applications

The 2016 intake for new examiner applications is currently open and will close on Friday 9 October 2015.

The intake for UK Generic Examiners (MRCPCH/DCH) for 2016 is capped at 30. If you are interested in applying please submit a completed application before before 9 October. Details of how to apply can be found below.

Overseas MRCPCH or Generic Examiner Applications

Overseas examiner application intake will vary from country to country dependant on current examiner numbers. Before submitting an application please contact the lead exam organiser for your region or the RCPCH directly to identify if we are currently recruiting

DCH only Examiner Applications

DCH only applications can be submitted at any time of the year for review by the DCH Board and RCPCH Examinations Executive.

Appointment process

A detailed explanation of the appointment process is outlined in the following document.

Process of Appointment of Examiner (PDF, 29KB, 2 pages) 


Please complete one of the applications forms:

  • Consultant paediatricians for the MRCPCH and DCH Clinical examinations in the UKExaminer Elect Application Form - 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 - Examiner Elect Application Form - Overseas (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. Applicants must have held a substantive consultant post for more than two years. If you are 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 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.

Apply for Fellowship

Applicants must have held substantive consultant posts for two or more years before applying. Applications from individuals in locum posts will not be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from individuals who have contributed to at least one RCPCH Question Writing meeting .

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.