Institute of Medicine General Division Scheme

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Helping You Maintain Professional Competence 

The Institute of Medicine General Division Professional Competence Scheme (formerly Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training General Division Professional Competence Scheme) allows doctors in a wide range of circumstances meet their professional competence requirements.

This Scheme may be the best option for you if you’re finding it difficult to match your qualifications and area of practice to other Professional Competence Schemes.

Once your enrolment is complete, we will give you access to exclusive resources and advice tailored for doctors who need to maintain professional competence.

You can also browse our wide range of CPD-approved courses and educational programmes for doctors.

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Entry Requirements

You must be on the General or Supervised Division of the Irish Medical Council register to enrol.

If you are on the General or Supervised Division and do not meet the entry requirements for other Schemes, you can enrol on the Institute of Medicine General Division Scheme.

If you are on the Specialist Division, you should enrol on a Specialist Division Professional Competence Scheme.

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 required to renew your enrolment each year. You can find information about how to renew here

Or if you prefer, contact us if you need help with this

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Enrolment Fee

The enrolment fee for a Professional Competence Scheme is €250.

If your an annual subscription fee for membership of RCPI or one of our faculties is up to date, you will be entitled to a discount.

The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.

3D security on credit card payments in Europe: It is now a requirement that 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: Click through this link to submit a direct debit mandate. If you choose this method, it is important that you complete the application form as far as the payment stage, and then email professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie to notify us you have submitted a direct debit. We will then be able to complete the last step of the application for you.

Ready to Apply for 2022-2023?

You will be asked to login to our website. If you already have login details for our website, you should log in using that username and password. Please do not create a new account for our website if you already have existing login details.

Want to Renew?

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 required to renew your enrolment each year. You can find information about how to renew here

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Institute of Medicine General Division Professional Competence Scheme

What Happens After You 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.

Do you need help?

If you have any questions about your Professional Competence Scheme please contact our Professional Competence support team:

Professional Competence

Tel: +353 1 863 9739

  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 professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie .  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

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