Examinations

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.

Working with our partners on the safe delivery of exams in UK and internationally

We had to postpone or cancel scheduled exams and delay application periods, but we began to deliver exams in the second part of 2020 and continue to do so.

We have two options for taking theory exams: test centre with social distancing, and online invigilation at home. We'll continue to offer these options until further notice.

We've developed the MRCPCH COVID Adapted Clinical exam, which is delivered remotely, and have run a number of online diets in the UK, and are preparing to do so in some overseas centres. We are also preparing to run MRCPCH Clinical overseas in a face-to-face format (no patients).

We've also developed the DCH Clinical exam to run remotely, and have run two online diets. We'll continue to run this remotely for the foreseeable future.

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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.

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Resources to support you

Prepare for your MRCPCH or Diploma of Child Health exam in confidence with our textbooks and face-to-face courses.