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Professional Competence

Enrol on a Professional Competence Scheme


Institute of Medicine General Division



The Institute of Medicine (formerly the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training) is open to non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHD), doctors who practice in various niche areas of medicine, or in areas such as education, governance, management, medico-legal, to name but a few. You must be on the General or Supervised Division of the Irish Medical Council Register.

If you hold an Irish Medical Council registered specialty, you should enrol on a Specialist Division Professional Competence Scheme that matches your Irish-registered specialty.

If you’re not sure which Scheme you should enrol on, contact us and we will be glad to help.

Were you enrolled in 2021-2022?

If you were enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme during 2021-2022, you don’t need to complete another application for 2022-2023. You are, however, required to renew your enrolment each year. 

Find out more about How to Renew


Ready to Apply?

You will be asked to log into our website. If you already have an RCPI user name and password, you should log in using those credentials. Please do not create a new account for our website if you already have an existing account with us.

Ready to enrol?

Apply to enrol on the Institute of Medicine General Division Professional Competence Scheme

Enrolment fee

The enrolment fee for a Professional Competence Scheme is €250. If you pay an annual subscription for RCPI or one of our faculties, and it is up to date, you will be entitled to a discount. The method of payment is Visa or Mastercard, payable at the end of the online application process.

3D secure on credit card payments in Europe: It is now a requirement that your city and postcode (Eircode) are contained in an address. When completing your application, please make sure you have entered your full address and postcode before you proceed through to payment of your enrolment fee. You can check your Eircode here.

Direct Debit: If you choose this method, it is important that you complete the application form as far as the payment stage, and then email to notify us you have submitted a direct debit. We will then be able to complete the last step of the application for you. Click through this link to submit a direct debit mandate.



What Happens After I Enrol?

Receipts: When you make an online payment, you will be sent an automated receipt. If you do not see your receipt in your inbox, check your spam or junk folder.

ePortfolio: Once your enrolment is complete, we will set up your ePortfolio for Professional Competence and send you instructions on how to use it to record and monitor your progress throughout the year.


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.  As the team are presently working at home, 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