Professional Competence is a formal way of recording your lifelong learning as a doctor and highlighting your dedication to developing and maintaining key skills and competencies throughout your medical career.
If you are registered on the Supervised, General or Specialist Division of the Irish Medical Council Register, you are required to be enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme. You must be enrolled in order to demonstrate you are actively maintaining your Professional Competence in a manner recognised by the Irish Medical Council.
When you apply to retain your registration with the Irish Medical Council, you are required to declare the name of your Professional Competence Scheme and the date you enrolled, or renewed your enrolment, on that scheme. Failure to make this declaration will place your continuing registration at risk.
If you are participating in a Higher Specialist or Basic Specialist training programme, you are not required to enrol on a Professional Competence scheme.
If you are planning to join a training programme, you should be enrolled on a Professional Competence scheme until the training programme start date.
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Yes. If you hold Specialist, General or Supervised registration with the Medical Council, you must maintain your Professional Competence.
Our Guide for Retired Doctors explains how to match your current scope of practice to your Professional Competence requirements.
Visit our Retired? page for more information.
You must pay the annual renewal fee for Professional Competence in order to stay enrolled on your Professional Competence Scheme. The Medical Council will ask you to confirm your enrolment on its Annual Retention Form.