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ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PRIMARY FRCA MCQ EXAMINATION

AUK testimonialsThe College recommends that candidates should not sit the Primary FRCA MCQ paper until they have passed the Initial Assessment of Competency.

A person is eligible to enter the Primary FRCA MCQ paper who:

(a) is eligible for full registration with the General Medical Council (United Kingdom); and

(b) (i) is currently registered with the College as a trainee in a Deanery approved training post on a GMC approved training programme in Anaesthesia or ACCS (as defined in these Regulations); or

(ii) is currently registered as a trainee in Anaesthesia with the College of Anaesthetists, Ireland; or

(iii) left an approved Anaesthesia or ACCS training post in the United Kingdom or Ireland no more than five years before the published start date of the sitting applied for; or

(iv) is a Specialty/SAS Grade Doctor who:
- left approved training in the United Kingdom or Ireland more than five years before the published start date of the sitting applied for; 
- is currently practising Anaesthesia in the UK;
- is a member of the College: and
- has the written support of the Regional Advisor; or

(v) is currently sponsored under the Overseas Doctor’s Training Scheme by the Bernard Johnson Advisor (Overseas); and

(c) satisfies the requirements of these Regulations with regard to application procedures and other matters.

A person shall not be eligible to enter for the Primary MCQ paper who has already attempted and failed that paper five times.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FINAL FRCA EXAMINATION

The College strongly recommends that candidates should not sit the Final FRCA Examination until they are at least one third of the way through their intermediate level training programme in Anaesthesia.

A person is eligible to enter for the Final FRCA Examination who:-

(a) (i) is currently registered with the College as a trainee in a Deanery approved training post on a GMC approved training programme in Anaesthesia (as defined in these Regulations); or

(ii) is currently registered as a trainee in Anaesthesia with the College of
Anaesthetists Ireland; or

(iii) left an approved training post in the United Kingdom or Ireland no more than five years before the published starting date of the sitting applied for; or

(iv) is currently sponsored under the Overseas Doctor’s Training Scheme; or

(v) is a Specialty/SAS Grade Doctor who:
- left approved training more than five years before the published start date of the sitting applied for; 
- is currently practising Anaesthesia in the UK; 
- is a member of The College; and 
- has the written support of the Regional Adviser; or

(vi) is a holder of an exempting qualification (see Paragraph 19) and satisfies the following criteria: 
- passed the exempting qualification within the ten years before the published start date of the Final exam applied for, 
- has joined the College’s Voluntary Register, 
- Has been employed as an anaesthetist in an NHS post, with a clearly determined training element, for 12 months immediatey prior to the date of the Final examination applied for. This post must be prospectively approved by the College’s Bernard Johnson Advisor (Overseas).

(b) (i) has passed the Primary FRCA Examination within ten years before the published start date of the sitting applied for; or

(ii) satisfies the conditions stated in Regulation 19 even if they have failed any part of the Primary FRCA Examination by the maximum number of attempts allowed; and

(c) (i) has been awarded the UK Basic Level Training Certificate, the UK SHO Training Certificate or the Irish Certificate of Completion of Basic Specialist Training; or

(ii) if they are currently sponsored under the Overseas Doctor’s Training Scheme, has received at least one satisfactory supervisor’s report at a standard equivalent to that of a Deanery Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) before the published closing date of the sitting applied for; or

If a candidate covered by Regulation 17(a)(iv), 17(a)(vi) and/or 17(c)(ii) is likely to be prevented from sitting a particular examination because of the date of their work permit, their local supervisor should submit a request to the Chairman of the Examinations Committee explaining the circumstances at the earliest opportunity.

(iii) if they completed their SHO competencies in anaesthesia prior to the issue of competency certificates, has been supplied with a ‘confirmation of SHO competency’ certificate signed by the Regional Advisor or Deputy Regional Advisor; and

(d) satisfies the requirements of these Regulations with regard to application procedures and other matters.

A person shall not be eligible to enter either section of the Final FRCA Examination who has attempted and failed either section of the Final FRCA Examination six times.

Exemptions

A candidate for the Final FRCA Examination shall be exempt from passing the Primary FRCA Examination who, within the ten years preceding the published start date of the sitting applied for, and only in such years as are specified, and subject to annual renewal of approval by the Council:

(a) has passed:

(i) the Primary examination for the Fellowship of the Faculty or the College of Anaesthetists, Ireland (provided it was sat in the Republic of Ireland); or

(b) has obtained any of the following national qualifications:

(i) The Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of
Anaesthetists;

(ii) The European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology or the European Society of Anaesthesiology;

(iii) Fellowship of the Faculty or the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland;

(iv) Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka;

(v) Master of Anaesthesia of the University of Khartoum, Sudan before December 2007;

(vi) Master of Medicine (Anaesthesia) of the National University of Singapore; 

(vii) Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesia) University of the West Indies since September 2003;

(viii) Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa;

(ix) Certificate of the American Board of Anesthesiology;

(x) Fellowship in Anaesthesia of the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada;

(xi) Fellowship in Anaesthesia of the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons since July 1999;

(xii) Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists since January 2001

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