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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

As part of the 2021 GP training application, applicants with appropriate qualifications in Medicine, Paediatrics or Emergency Medicine will be able to apply for RPL. The criteria for each is outlined below.

Click here to watch a video of Dr Karena Hanley discussing RPL.

Criteria

1. Medicine

Have successfully completed Basic Specialist Training in Medicine with the Royal College of Physician Ireland (RCPI) and completed all appropriate assessments (MRCPI Examinations Part I & Part II - Written & Clinical), at time of application 

For the 20
21 intake, the ICGP will recognise block of training amounting to one academic year (July –July) for RPL in Medicine. This will allow applicants who are successful in obtaining RPL Medicine to have a full year of training recognised, shortening training from 4 years to 3 years.

Required Supporting Documentation (at time of application):

  • Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from the Royal College of Physicians Ireland in respect of Basic Specialist Training in Medicine &
  • Relevant Transcript of examination results for Basic Specialist Training to include (Part I & Part II - Written & Clinical)

 

2. Paediatrics

Have successfully completed Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics with the Royal College of Physician Ireland (RCPI) and completed all appropriate assessments (MRCPI Examinations Part I & Part II - Written & Clinical), at time of application.

For the 2
021 intake, the ICGP will recognise block of training from 4 to 6 months for RPL in Paediatrics. This will allow applicants who are successful in obtaining RPL Paediatrics to have between 4 to 6 months of training recognised, shortening training from 4 years to 3.6 years or 3.8 years (depending on the scheme). Please note, the length of exemption is defined by the length of paediatric rotation usually offered by individual schemes. 

Required Supporting Documentation (at time of application):

  • Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from the Royal College of Physicians Ireland in respect of Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics &
  • Relevant Transcript of examination results for Basic Specialist Training to include (Part I & Part II - Written & Clinical)

 

3. Emergency Medicine

Have successfully completed Core Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine with the Royal College of Surgeons and completed all appropriate assessments (Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Emergency (FRCEM) Primary and Intermediate examinations at the time of application).

For the 2021 intake, the ICGP will recognise block of training amounting to one academic year (July –July) for RPL in Emergency Medicine. This will allow applicants who are successful in obtaining RPL Emergency Medicine to have a full year of training recognised, shortening training from 4 years to 3 years.

Required Supporting Documentation (at time of application):

  • Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Core Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (CSTEM)
  • Transcripts of Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Emergency (FRCEM) Primary and Intermediate examinations.

Please note, PDF copies of these documents must be uploaded with the application to be considered for RPL. Only the evidence clearly listed above will be accepted in respect of an RPL application. The closing date for applications is 12th November 2020.

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. RPL offers will be made on the basis of training schemes ability to accommodate RPL and on candidate rank. Please note that all RPL decisions are final and are not open to appeal.

The ICGP will facilitate an adaptation period (RPL Catch-Up Course) and/or increased minimum attendance at day release to compensate for 'day release' content missed by the candidate. Engagement with this adaptation is mandatory for RPL trainees.

Successful RPL applicants may be required to submit 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 to the training scheme in a timely manner.

RPL Key dates

Notification to successful applicants: March/April 2021

Queries

If you have a query in relation to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please contact Pauline Tierney – pauline.tierney@icgp.ie

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.