Becoming an MRCPCH/DCH Examiner

Medical professionals can apply to become an examiner for MRCPCH (membership exam) and DCH (Diploma of Child Health) clinical examinations. On this page you will find information about the types of examiners who assist with these examinations.

Each section below provides a link to a document that explains in full what the duties are for each type of examiner as well as the eligibility requirements and application process.

The final section contains documents of use for all types of examiners, including a Code of Conduct, the Misconduct Policy, the Examiner Privacy Policy and information about examining for the RCPCH after retirement from clinical practice.
Last modified
26 May 2020

Types of examiners

The College recognises seven categories of examiners.  This chart should help you determine which type of examiner you would like to become.

MRCPCH Examiner

Consultant paediatricians with a suitable breadth of experience and knowledge to be able to examine for both MRCPCH.

MRCPCH Examiners may be UK or Overseas.

MRCPCH Examiner Elect

Title given once a submitted MRCPCH Examiner application is approved by Examiner Review Panel (ERP). MRCPCH Examiners Elect begin training and assessment towards appointment as an MRCPCH Examiner.

MRCPCH Examiners Elect may be UK or Overseas.

DCH Examiner

Medical professionals with a background in another specialty allied to paediatrics or paediatricians not performing an acute general paediatric role whose experience makes them suitable to examine for the DCH.

DCH Examiners may be UK or Overseas.

DCH Examiner Elect

Title given once submitted DCH Examiner application is approved by Examiner Review Panel (ERP). DCH Examiners Elect begin training and assessment towards appointment as DCH Examiner.

DCH Examiners Elect may be UK or Overseas.

Senior Examiner

The lead examiner in the examining team at a particular centre and responsible for all key quality assurance aspects on the exam day.

Senior Examiner appointment is made through an application and training process.

Senior Examiners are expected to continue to act as examiners and hosts when not allocated as Senior Examiners.

Senior Examiners are the only UK examiners permitted to be placed onto Overseas exams as examiners. 

Senior Examiner Elect

Title given once a submitted Senior Examiner application is approved by Examiner Review Panel (ERP). Senior Examiners Elect begin training and assessment towards appointment as Senior Examiner. 

Host

The consultant paediatrician with responsibility for all local clinical exam arrangements at a given centre. 

Many Hosts are Examiners who have gone through the Examiner Elect process.  However, you do not need to be an Examiner to be an MRCPCH/DCH Host.

MRCPCH Clinical Examiner - UK

MRCPCH Examiners form the backbone of all of the MRCPCH Clinical exams in the UK. They examine on MRCPCH Clinical exams across the country. With enough experience, MRCPCH Examiners in the UK may apply to become Senior Examiners.

The MRCPCH UK Examiner document provides information about:

  • the responsibilities of this type of examiner
  • the eligibility requirements for applying to become an examiner
  • the application process  

See - Becoming an MRCPCH UK Examiner

MRCPCH Clinical Examiner - Overseas

MRCPCH Overseas Examiners are the equivalent of UK examiners in their own countries.  Applicants for this position must live and work in a country that hosts the exam.  Applicants for this position should only expect to examine in the country in which they live and work. 

The MRCPCH Overseas Examiner document provides information about:

  • the responsibilities of this type of examiner
  • the eligibility requirements for applying to become an examiner
  • the application process.

See - Becoming an MRCPCH Overseas Examiner

MRCPCH Clinical Senior Examiner

Senior examiners help to run the MRCPCH Clinical exams wherever they are held. Senior Examiners are also expected to continue to act as examiners and/or hosts for UK exams. Only Senior Examiners are selected to travel from the UK to overseas centres and examine there.  

The Senior Examiner document provides information about:

  • the responsibilities of this type of examiner
  • the eligibility requirements for applying to become an examiner
  • the application process.

See - Becoming an MRCPCH Senior Examiner

DCH Clinical Examiners - UK and Overseas

DCH UK Examiners examine on the DCH exam in the UK, while DCH Overseas Examiners examine on the DCH in the handful of overseas countries where it is held (Hong Kong, Egypt and India). 

The DCH UK and Overseas Examiner document provides information about:

  • the responsibilities of this type of examiner
  • the eligibility requirements for applying to become an examiner
  • the application process.

See - Becoming a DCH UK /Overseas Examiner

Examiner Privacy Policy

This document explains the privacy duties of examiners as well as the College’s obligations to applicants for examiner positions.

See - Examiner Privacy Policy

Code of Conduct

This document provides the policy framework for all examiner activity and behaviour.

See - Examiner Code of Conduct

Misconduct Policy

This document lays out the process for handling cases of possible misconduct by examiners.

See - Examiner Misconduct Policy

Examiner Retirement

This document provides information for doctors who have demitted/retired from clinical practice.

See - Examiner Retirement from Clinical Practice