Examiner training

IMPORTANT NOTE: A decision was taken at the Examiner Elect Committee in March 2015, that we will not be accepting any examiner applications from doctors within the UK until further notice. This is  because the current examiner recruitment process is currently being reviewed. Please continue to check the website regularly for further updates. IMPORTANT NOTE: A decision was taken at the Examiner Elect Committee in March 2015, that we will not be accepting any examiner applications from doctors within the UK until further notice. This is  because the current examiner recruitment process is currently being reviewed. Please continue to check the website regularly for further updates. IMPORTANT NOTE: A decision was taken at the Examiner Elect Committee in March 2015, that we will not be accepting any examiner applications from doctors within the UK until further notice. This is  because the current examiner recruitment process is currently being reviewed. Please continue to check the website regularly for further updates.  All RCPCH examiners are required to undertake appropriate training in the MRCPCH and/or DCH clinical examinations. They must maintain their skills to ensure they can continue to competently assess candidates.

There are three types of examiners, depending on the examination(s):

More about the trainings

MRCPCH Clinical examiners

We regularly hold two training day events for MRCPCH clinical examiners, usually at the RCPCH London office:

  • MRCPCH examiner elect training - all new examiners (MRCPCH / generic)
  • MRCPCH examiner re-training - to revalidate experience examiners

MRCPCH or ‘generic’ Examiner Elects must attend an MRCPCH Examiner Elect training session before moving on to the next step of observation and live marking at an MRCPCH Clinical exam. 

DCH Clinical examiners

We hold a training for DCH clinical examiners at least once a year. 

This is mandatory for all new (DCH Examiner Elects) and active DCH only examiners. DCH only Examiner Elects must attend a DCH training session before moving on to the next step of observation and live marking at an DCH Clinical exam .

Generic examiners (for both MRCPCH and DCH)

As long as there is a clear understanding of the expected standard of the DCH exam generic examiners need not attend DCH examiner training in order to examine the DCH clinical.

It is expected that generic examiners will be required to have:

  • familiarity with the DCH circuit
  • familiarity with DCH mark sheets and other supporting documents
  • an understanding of what is assessed in each station of the DCH

MRCPCH examiners are welcome and encouraged to attend DCH training, although it is not essential.

All examiners (generic or DCH) who are scheduled to examine on a DCH Clinical exam must first have observed a DCH Clinical for at least one full exam day before being able to examine independently.

More about examiner training

The RCPCH Examinations Team will reimburse all reasonable costs for travel and subsistence, as well as accommodation if needed.

We regularly update the training content based on analysis of candidate results and feedback. We also include input from other examiners, senior examiners and hosts.

Dates and locations

Training documents