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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Criteria

Recognition of Prior Learning is available in 2020 for applicants who:

  1. 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 2020 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.

     

     OR

  2.  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 2020 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 3.5 years or 3.8 years (depending on the scheme). 
    Please note, the length of exemption is defined by the length of pediatric rotation usually offered by individual schemes. 

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 applicants who have had prior learning recognised as part of this process.

Successful RPL applicants will 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.

Required prior qualifications

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

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

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 14th November 2019.

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. 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.

Application form

Section 7 of the main gp trainee recruitment application is solely for applicants that meet the RPL requirements outlined and wish to submit an RPL application. Applicants will be required to indicate from a drop down list if they are applying for RPL Medicine or RPL Paediatrics. Applicants can only apply for one option.

RPL Key dates

  • Applications Open: 14 October 2019
  • Applications Close: 14 November 2019

Notification to successful applicants: March 2020

Queries

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

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