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Professional Competence

Enrol on a Professional Competence Scheme


General Division



All of our General Division Schemes, except for the Institute of Medicine General Division Professional Competence Scheme, require a relevant Membership or Licentiateship qualification (or equivalent) such as MRCPI, LFOM, MFOM or MFPHMI.

If you are on the General or Supervised Division and working in occupational medicine, paediatrics, public health medicine or obstetrics & gynaecology and do not meet the entry requirements for the relevant General Division Scheme, you can enrol on the Institute of Medicine General Division Professional Competence Scheme. If you are not sure, our team will be happy to advise you.

To help you identify the most appropriate scheme for you, please select from the following headings for advice and information.


Choose the Right Scheme for You


Engaged in a Different Type of Practice?

What happens if I don't work in any of the above areas or I'm engaged in a different type of practice?

The Institute of Medicine General Division Professional Competence Scheme is recognised by the Medical Council as the most appropriate scheme for doctors who are not engaged in standard hospital practice, for example, alternative medicine, medico-legal, aesthetic medicine and so on.


Contact Us

We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team. They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain professional competence.  The fastest way to contact this department is by logging in to our support desk here.

  • If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date.
  • If you need advice on how to apply for CPD approval for your event submit your event title and proposed date and we will talk you through what you need to do.
  • Contact the Professional Competence team at  If you would like a callback, please let us know the best time and phone number to call you.

Alternatively, you might like to visit Professional Competence FAQs