We offer two qualifications: Membership (MRCPCH) and the Diploma of Child Health (DCH). We support candidates to register, apply for and sit their exams - whether in the UK and Ireland, or in a growing number of countries internationally.

Updates on exam delivery

We have been working with our partners on the safe delivery of our exams in the UK and internationally. We had to postpone, amend or cancel scheduled exams and delay application periods, but we started to deliver exams in late 2020. 

We have two options for taking theory exams - test centre with social distancing or online invigilation at home. However, due to national restrictions in the UK and Republic of Ireland, all theory exam test centres in that region are now closed. If you've booked to take your FOP / TAS exam on 10 February 2021 at a UK or ROI test centre, we've sent you an email with information on your next steps.

We have developed the MRCPCH COVID Adapted Clinical exam, which is being delivered remotely. Our first took place in the UK in November for the 2020.3 diet. We have also delivered the DCH Clinical remotely.

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Before you can apply, you need to register for exams via your RCPCH online account. You'll need to provide your GMC number or evidence of your primary medical qualification.
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Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) is achieved by passing three theory exams and one clinical exam. It's an essential part of training and mapped to our curriculum.
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Our Diploma of Child Health recognises competence in the care of children. With one theory exam and one clinical exam, it's especially for those working in specialties allied to paediatrics such as general practice.

News about exams


MRCPCH Clinical exams - update on adapted exam, 9 October

We are providing further updates for candidates, examiners and hosts on the MRCPCH COVID Adapted Clinical Exam, which will be delivered remotely this November. This follows our first pilot to test the adapted stations and circuit as well as the online system.

Theory exams - update on online invigilation, October 2020

On 16 September, the Applied Knowledge in Practice exam will run with two options: test centres with social distancing; and online invigilation at home. This is the first time we are doing online invigilation and over the coming months, the remainder of our exams, our START assessment, our recruitme...

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