Recognition of Prior Learning 2018


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available in 2018 for applicants who have previously successfully completed Basic Specialist Training in Medicine, completed all appropriate assessments and have achieved MRCPI by 1 June 2018.

Successful RPL applicants who are still engaged with the BST assessment process will receive a conditional offer. All assessments and paperwork must be submitted no later than 1 June 2018.

For the 2018 intake, the ICGP will recognise blocks of training amounting to one academic year (July-July). This will allow applicants who are eligible to have a full year of training recognised to enter year two of a GP training program, therefore bypassing 1 year of the training process and shortening training from 4 years to 3 year.

The ICGP will facilitate an adaptation period to compensate for 'day release' content missed by the candidate having bypassed the first training year. Engagement with this adaptation is mandatory for applicants who have had prior learning recognised as part of this process.

Required prior qualifications

In order to be eligible to make an RPL application you must have the following:

  • Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from the Royal College of Physicians in respect of Basic Specialist Training in Medicine.
  • Certificate of Membership for MRCPI.
  • Relevant Transcript of examination results relevant examinations for Basic Specialist Training.

Relevant hospital posts

In addition you must have completed a minimum of 2 of the following hospital posts within a training environment:

  • Geriatrics
  • ED/AMU
  • Paediatrics
  • Obs and Gynae

Any relevant evidence of formative assessment and educational activities including Logbooks material detailing competency based learning outcomes achieved and individual post assessments for relevant hospital posts must be submitted as part of your application.

Please note that only the evidence clearly listed above will be accepted in respect of an RPL application.

The ICGP reserves the right to revert back to the applicant should further information be required. Failure to upload documents listed above at point of application may impact the assessment of your application.

Please note that the knowing provision of incorrect, inaccurate or deliberately misleading information will result in the immediate rejection of your RPL application without leave to reapply. Selection will be made on information and material provided during this process by the applicant and reference will NOT be made to your main application for a GP Training Place by the assessors.

RPL application does not automatically confer eligibility for a right to either RPL or a place on a GP Training Programme nor will it have an effect on your scheme preference already submitted. Please note that all RPL decisions are final and are not open to appeal.

Application form

Please note that you must have successfully completed the separate GP training application process to be eligible to apply for RPL.

The Recognition of Prior Learning application process is now open.
Click here for the Recognition of Prior Learning application form

Key dates

  • Applications Open: 1 November 2017
  • Applications Close: 1 December 2017
  • Notification to successful applicants: April 2018