Become an Ordinary Member (by election)

Ordinary membership supports your professional development with opportunities to access a range of benefits including a subscription to Archives of Disease in Childhood and access to the Paediatric Care Online resource.

If you are a UK-based Associate Specialist or Senior Medical Officer appointed prior to 1 April 2006, you can apply to become an Ordinary Member via election.



If you are going into a training post, you may also need to register for training. This gives you access to our online tool RCPCH ePortfolio, which records your progression. We ensure that your training is under regular review, monitor the outcomes of your Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) and support you when required. If you require this, please contact our Training Services team on


Membership and training Annual fee Monthly fee via Direct Debit (UK bank account holders only
Ordinary membership (includes Archives of Disease in Childhood) £456 £38
Training - in full time training £112 £9.33
Training - in less than full time training £69 £5.75

Additional fees on membership charged for UK members:

  • Overseas levy - 4% of membership subscription fee
  • Visiting fellows levy - £5


You can enjoy the following benefits:

  • use of MRCPCH designation
  • membership certificate
  • voting rights
  • representation on Council
  • regional support
  • listing on online members' directory
  • use of the members’ room in RCPCH London office
  • subscription to Archives of Disease in Childhood journal (cost to non-members is £409)
  • college quarterly newsletter
  • option to receive regular email news bulletins
  • the innovative Paediatric Care Online resource, including the Child Protection Companion
  • certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) monitoring
  • continuing professional development (CPD) tools and advice (£205 to non-members)
  • revalidation support
  • reduced fees for the RCPCH Conference and other courses and events.


You must be a UK-based Associate Specialist or a Senior Clinical Medical Officer who has been in post prior to 1 April 2006.

You will need to provide letters of support from two current RCPCH Fellows, one of whom must be resident in the UK, and evidence of distinction, such as published papers or leadership roles.

Have you passed the MRCPCH Clinical examination or MRCP(UK) Part II in Paediatrics? Apply for ordinary membership by examination.

Registration for training gives you access to the online assessment tool (RCPCH ePortfolio) and contributes to your RCPCHStart assessment taken at the end of your training.

Application timeline

New Ordinary members are admitted on a monthly basis. Applications received by the 8th of each month will be considered for commencement of ordinary membership from the 1st of the following month.


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