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.

Updates on exam delivery

We have been working with our partners to safely deliver our exams in the UK and internationally. We've had to postpone, amend or cancel scheduled exams this year, and delay application periods.

We are offering candidates two options for safely taking theory exams as of the 2020.3 diet.

We are developing the MRCPCH COVID Adapted Clinical exam, which will be delivered remotely, and our first takes place in the UK in November for the 2020.3 diet. 

We're also preparing remote delivery of our DCH Clinical.

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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

News

Theory exams - update on online invigilation

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...

Resources to support you

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