Postgraduate training

Our resource has guidelines and information for those who are interested in developing a career in paediatrics, those who are already in training and for those who support trainees as they progress.

What we do

As the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, we are responsible for the monitoring of postgraduate specialty training in paediatrics in the UK.

We set and maintain standards of training and assessment in General Paediatrics and its 17 approved subspecialties, in accordance with the requirements set by the General Medical Council (GMC).


  • develop curricula and related assessment strategies and tools for general paediatrics and subspecialties - find out about the 2018 curriculum
  • advise deaneries and Local and Education Training Boards (LETBs) on the quality management of training as part of the GMC's Quality Framework
  • record and monitor trainees' progress through their specialty training
  • make recommendations to the GMC for the award of the certificate of completion of training (CCT) and the certificate of eligibility for specialist registration - combined programme (CESR (CP)) for trainees, and evaluate applications for certificates of eligibility for specialist registration (CESR), making recommendations to the GMC for those paediatricians who wish to practice as a consultant but have completed training or gained equivalent experience outside of a UK approved training programme - find out about certification

Welcome pack for new trainees

Download Trainee Welcome Pack 2015 (PDF, 6.38 MB) or float your cursor over the image below and click on 'expand'.


Registration for training

All StR (run through) trainees must be registered for training with us - find out how to register

You will have access to RCPCH ePortfolio. This this tool is integral to paediatric specialty training and trainees are unable to progress without it.

If you are a SpR (Calman Trainee), we encourage you to register for training with us, regardless of whether you use our systems.

Trainees representation

We have a a proactive Trainees' Committee. There is at least one trainee representative for each deanery/Local Education and Training Board (LETB). They help ensuer the voice of trainee paediatricians is being heard both in the College and beyond. 

Find out more about the Trainees Committee


See our response to the AoMRC Cost of Training report


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If you have a question about revalidation, first contact your deanery/LETB or equivalent organisation. You can also see our guidance on revalidation