Guidance and Advice
The following is some high-level guidance for those who have been unsuccessful in obtaining a place on the formal Training Programme and wish to undertake their training outside of the formal training programme with the aim of applying to the Irish Medical Council (IMC) for assessment of training and experience for inclusion on the Specialist Division of the Register at a later date.
1. Ensure you apply for Registrar-level posts in hospitals that are accredited for HST in the specialty in which you wish to hold Specialist Registration. Note that as a rule credit can only be awarded for a maximum of two years in any site. There can be exceptions to this general rule where a lesser period is awarded. This can be verified locally through Medical Manpower or by contacting the relevant PGTB. You may contact the RCPI PGTBs by email at SDR@rcpi.ie.
Click here for a list of hospitals currently accredited for training by the RCPI PGTBs. (PDF, 176KB)
2. Whilst in the post, it is important that you are supervised by a recognised Trainer in the specialty. Note credit can only be awarded during assessment for a maximum of one year spent with any trainer. This can be verified locally through Medical Manpower or by contacting the relevant PGTB. You may contact the RCPI PGTBs by email at SDR@rcpi.ie
3. Ensure you maintain full records of your training. The HSE provides free access to an ePortfolio for all NCHDs on the NER portal. Read more
4. Follow the requirements of training as set out in the Curriculum of Training in the specialty you wish to apply for. Note the Curriculum undergoes an annual review, so it is important to ensure you are following the most up-to-date version. The Curriculum of Training in each specialty can be found in our Training Section.
Read more about the mandatory courses per specialty
Please note that if providing evidence of an equivalent mandatory course for assessment as part of your application to the IMC, a copy of the course programme will be required for assessment along with your certificate of assessment.