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Certificate in Contraception

23 March 2015
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The Certificate in Contraception is awarded by the ICGP, Reproductive and Sexual Health Committee. It is a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Training in Contraception. 

If you are applying for the Certificate in Contraception in order to attend the LARC IUCD training clinic at Holles Street please indicate this on your application form when submitting.

Click here for the Certificate in Contraception application form

Click here for the Certificate in Contraception logbook

Online registration

For those who wish to pay the application fee of €50 by credit card, you may do so by clicking on this registration link. Please note, you still must download and submit the paper application form before processing can begin.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the education programme for the Certificate in Contraception is to enable family doctors and other medical practitioners to acquire the knowledge and skills which are necessary to provide a contraception service.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome is to acquire counselling skills and basic training in contraception, having acquired the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate a sensitive and non-judgmental consultation style
  • Discuss all methods of contraception currently available
  • Demonstrate skills to provide basic counselling and advice about all these methods
  • Demonstrate skills to initiate the use of hormonal and non-hormonal contraception and deal with common problems
  • Demonstrate skills to provide emergency contraception
  • Discuss the physiology of fertility
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of sexuality
  • Demonstrate skills to undertake a sexual health assessment/consultation
  • Explain cervical cytology screening
  • Discuss issues around crisis pregnancy
  • Discuss the law relating to young people
  • Discuss medico-legal and ethical issues specific to sexual health care

Training Requirements for the Certificate in Contraception

The basic requirements for the Certificate in Contraception consist of:

  • Part I - Theory Course
  • Part II - O&G Training
  • Part III - Practical Course/Sessions

Part I & II MUST be completed before commencing Part III (practical training).

Part III (practical training) must be completed within two years of completing parts I & II.

Your application must be made within the 2.5 year time frame from your theory training to practical training in order to be considered. Applications made with theory and/or practical training that was completed more than 2.5 years ago will not be accepted.

Part I: Theory Course (click here for details)

  • Applicants must attend a Theory Course or the ICGP Reproductive and Sexual Health Course which is recognised by the Reproductive and Sexual Health Committee. 
  • A record of the course attended is required when applying for the Certificate in Contraception

Part II: O&G Training

Doctors must be competent in gynaecological examination which is essential to providing a contraception and reproductive health service. They must be competent in the following:

  • Digital and speculum vaginal examination assessing size, position and mobility of uterus

There are three ways of certifying competence in this area:

A) A three-month period in gynaecological/obstetric post
B) Attendance and training at four or more sessions at a gynaecological clinic, under the supervision of a consultant gynaecologist, or
C) Certification by a general practitioner trainer (applicable to GP trainees only)

D) If you completed your O&G training many years ago and cannot complete any of the three options (A-C) above within the 2.5 year timeframe and you are an experienced GP/Family Planning Doctors, then please also click here to complete Form D and forward to our office together with your Contraception Certificate application form consideration by the RSH Committee. If you require further assistance, please contact Jana Pickard at

The consultant gynaecologist must certify that the candidate has attended the training above in the relevant section of the application form. Trainees on a GP specialist training programme can complete this section of the certificate during their training.

Part III: Practical Course/Sessions (click here for details)

Doctors who wish to apply for the Certificate in Contraception must undergo practical training under the supervision of a Contraception Tutor. Please note, LARC Tutors are not Contraception Tutors. Please ensure that a Contraception Tutor supervises your practical training and not a LARC Tutor.

There are two methods of obtaining practical training;

A) Practical training may be undertaken in a family planning clinic or general practice surgery under the supervision of a recognised contraception tutor. This is practical training using a logbook of clinical and tutorial experience. The contraception tutor must undertake an initial assessment to plan the training and then a final assessment of knowledge and skills. While the number of practical sessions should be flexible, most doctors should attend a minimum of six practical sessions. A logbook must be completed by the candidate. On completion of training, a contraception tutor may decide that further training is necessary.

B) Candidates can attend a practical training workshop (Part III Course) run by the Irish College of General Practitioners. This course is run over two days and uses role play, small group discussions, presentations and debates to assess the theoretical knowledge and consultation skills of the candidates. Candidates will receive a letter stating successful completion of this course. At the conclusion of training, a candidate may apply for a Certificate in Contraception by completing the RSH Certificate in Contraception application form.

All this information is available in the RSH Certificate in Contraception Handbook which is available to download below.

Documents for the Certificate in Contraception

1. Logbook

The RSH Certificate in Contraception Logbook is for completion by candidates doing Part III - Practical Training under the supervision of contraception tutor/JCFP instructing doctor.

To ensure that your Contraception Tutor is on the RSH Register before commencing this training, please contact

2. Application Form

Candidates applying for the Certificate in Contraception must complete the application form.

Please contact for further information or clarification. Please allow 8 weeks for processing.

Who Can Apply?

A candidate applying for the Certificate in Contraception must be registered with the Medical Council in one of the following divisions; the Specialist division, the General division or the Trainee Specialist division. Part I Theory training completed more than 3 years prior to the date of your application is considered out of date and your application would not be successful.

Information for Tutors in Contraception

Instructing doctors in family planning are now called tutors in contraception. JCFP instructing doctors can continue to certify candidates training for the Certificate in Contraception. To confirm if a doctor is on the tutor register before undertaking your training, you should contact

Doctors/GP Trainers who already hold the Family Planning Certificate are welcome to attend our annual Masterclass in Contraception to become a Contraception Tutor. 

Current instructing doctors and tutors are encouraged to attend the Masterclass in Contraception to update their skills. 

Click here for further information on our masterclass in the Courses section of the website.


 RSH Contraception Certificate - Form D (RSH_Contraception_Certificate_-_Form_D.doc | 36 KB)
 Certificate in Contraception application form (Certificate_in_Contraception_application_form.pdf | 86 KB)
 Certificate in Contraception Logbook (Cert_in_Contraception_Logbook.pdf | 107 KB)