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20 September 2022 (updated: 08 September 2023)
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Does the ICGP have a detailed person specification?

The 2024 person specification is as follows: 

Entry Criteria  
Qualifications Be the holder of a primary medical degree or equivalent medical qualification.
Eligibility Be eligible for registration on the trainee specialist register of the Irish Medical Council register.  

  • Not be registered nor entitled to be registered as a specialist in General Practice on the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Irish Medical Council.
  • Not hold nor be eligible to hold a Certificate of Specific Training/Acquired Rights in General Practice from the Irish Medical Council.
  • Not currently be a trainee in any of the recognised general practice training schemes in the Republic of Ireland. Applications from those previously on a GP Training scheme in the Republic of Ireland will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Not currently, be registered on the ICGP Non-EU Rural GP Programme

Meet the English language competency requirements of the HSE.


Application Requirements Have completed a minimum of nine months paid full time (or equivalent) postgraduate acute hospital based clinical experience either as an intern or SHO at the time of starting GP Training. Undertake and attain the required standard in the SJT & CPST tests.
Display, to the satisfaction of an interview board, a range of competencies appropriate to the role of a GP trainee.
Fitness to Practice Be up to date and fit to practice safely on the trainee register without restriction at the 2024 commencement of training date, i.e., Monday, 08 July 2024.
Health Be fully competent and capable of performing the duties associated with participation in a GP Training Scheme and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service in training posts.