Training resources

The College is committed to supporting those who are training in the field of paediatrics throughout their time as a trainee. Below you will find information you may find helpful as you progress through your training.

ARCP guidelines

The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) is a formal review of how well a trainee is progressing in relation to their learning agreement for their training programme, and assesses their ability to progress to the next level.

ARCP Guidance December 2016  (PDF, 4 pages, 207KB) 

Final guidance on recording a separate ARCP outcome for subspecialty trainees (PDF, 77 KB)

Gold Guide for postgraduate specialty training

The Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training (Gold Guide) sets out the arrangements agreed by the four UK Health Departments for core and/or specialty training programmes.

The guide is applicable to trainees taking up appointments in specialty training programmes including FTSTA and LAT posts which commence on or after 1 August 2007. It underpins specialty training and should be used as a reference point for interpreting the standards and requirements set out by the General Medical Council (GMC) in the regulation of postgraduate specialty education.

Gold Guide (6th Edition) February 2016 (PDF, 2.18 MB)


Please see the RCPCH update below on trainees moving on to the 2010 curriculum. More information will follow shortly.

Moving to the 2010 curriculum (MS Word, 79 KB)

College statement of safeguarding levels for trainees (MS Word, 70 KB)

Other information topics


If you are unable to find the information that you need on this website, please contact the Education and Training Support Team on

If you have a question about revalidation, please contact your Local Education Training Board (LETB), Deanery or equivalent organisation - see general guidance on revalidation on this website