Eligibility and Exemptions

To sit the FRCA Exams, you must be a member of the College or apply for Temporary Exam Eligibility (TEE).

Are you eligible to register with the College in a recognised (not affiliate grade) membership category? Yes See individual exam eligibility criteria below
No Are you eligible to apply for Temporary Exam Eligibility (see below)

Each of the FRCA exams have different eligibility criteria.  Please see the relevant summary table below to quickly check your eligibility.  A more detailed eligibility list is available in the FRCA Examinations Regulations.

Primary MCQ – maximum six attempts   Primary OSCE SOE – maximum six attempts
Registered with the GMC or other National Medical Council AND   Registered with the GMC or other National Medical Council
Currently registered as a UK trainee in Anaesthesia, ACCS, a Foundation Programme or registered as a trainee in Anaesthesia with the College of Anaesthetists, Ireland OR  

Either:

  • Currently registered as a UK trainee in Anaesthesia or allocated to Anaesthesia in ACCS, OR
  • An Anaesthetist who is registered with the College in a recognised membership category (not affiliated) (see Related Information) OR
  • Has previously successfully applied for Temporary Examination Eligibility (TEE) AND
An Anaesthetist who is registered with the College in a recognised membership category (not affiliated) (see Related Information) OR   Passed the Primary FRCA MCQ in the last three years
Has previously successfully applied for Temporary Examination Eligibility (TEE)   Awarded the Initial Assessment of Competence in Anaesthesia or recognised equivalent
     
Final Written – maximum six attempts   Final SOE – maximum six attempts
Registered with the GMC or other National Medical Council AND   Registered with the GMC AND
Either:
  • Currently registered as a UK trainee in Anaesthesia, or registered as a trainee in Anaesthesia with the College of Anaesthetists, Ireland, OR
  • Currently sponsored under the RCoA IP and employed as an anaesthetist in an NHS post for six months, OR
  • A former UK trainee UK or Ireland and left training no more than five years. Or Specialty/SAS grade who left training more than five years and has RA support. OR
  • Currently registered with the College; is a former trainee (more than five years) or a non-UK anaesthetic trainee who has been employed in the UK NHS as an anaesthetists for at least 12 months. NHS appraisal required. AND
 

Either:

  • Currently registered as a UK trainee in Anaesthesia, or registered as a trainee in Anaesthesia with the College of Anaesthetists, Ireland OR
  • Currently sponsored under the RCoA IP and employed as an anaesthetist in a NHS post for six months OR
  • Former UK trainee UK or Ireland and left training no more than five years. Or Specialty/SAS grade who left training more than five years and has RA support. OR
  • Currently registered with the College; is a former trainee (more than five years) or a non-UK anaesthetic trainee who has been employed in the UK NHS as an anaesthetists for at least 12 months. NHS appraisal required. AND
Have passed the Primary FRCA examination or exemption qualification in the last seven years AND   Passed the Primary FRCA examination or exemption qualification in the last seven years and the Final Written examination AND
Have been awarded the Basic Level Training Certificate   Awarded the Basic Level Training Certificate

Temporary Examinations Eligibility (TEE)

Who is TEE for?

The College has introduced Temporary Examination Eligibility (TEE) to allow all anaesthetic doctors, who have not worked in the NHS UK and therefore do not qualify for any of the College membership categories, to apply for Primary FRCA examinations.  This is not a membership category and does not give any privileges associated with College membership, it only gives an overseas applicant eligibility towards Primary FRCA exams.  If you are currently employed in the UK as an anaesthetist and you are not a member of the College but wish to sit the Primary exam, then you may be able to apply for Voluntary Membership, which may give you eligibility towards certain FRCA exams, although other conditions also apply.  If you have any further queries about TEE or any element regarding exam eligibility then please contact the Exams Dept: exams@rcoa.ac.uk

If you are an anaesthetic doctor who has never worked in the UK but would like to sit the Primary FRCA examinations by applying for TEE then you should understand the structure of the Primary exam which can be found on the  exam overview page.  Overseas candidates should be fully aware that questions used in the exam are drawn from the UK Anaesthetic Basic Level Training Curriculum. There are a number of resources available to exam candidates and overseas applicants are advised to take full advantage of the Primary guide, example questions, exam courses and videos which can be accessed or researched on the resource for candidate pages.  A particular useful tool in familiarising yourself with what to expect when arriving at the College for your exam is the 'exam run thorough video series and a further understanding of the Primary SOE can be gained from the Primary SOE video series which can be found by clicking the SOE box on the Primary -candidate resources page.  Another useful resource is 'eLearning Anaesthesia (e-LA)'.  e-LA supports specialty training in anaesthesia. It is also an invaluable educational resource for trainers and teaching staff, and it supports the professional development of specialists seeking to refresh their knowledge.  Doctors working overseas can gain access to this resource via 'eIntegrity' http://www.eintegrity.org/e-learning-healthcare-course/anaesthesia.html  which provides a portal to all specialty e-Learning platforms.  Anaesthetic doctors working in the NHS are automatically provided with free access to this learning programme.  If you are working outside the NHS then modules are available for purchase via the eIntegrity website.  There are a number of modules available to assist the exams candidate of particular note is Module 6: Exams Preparation.  The College does not have any vested interest in this resource but as this is used by all anaesthetic trainees working in the NHS we felt we should draw your attention to e-LA as it is a useful resource for any doctor preparing for FRCA exams.

 

How do I apply for TEE?

You must apply for TEE using the application form below.  All documents requested must accompany the application.  Documents required on first application are:

  • Proof of registration with the GMC or an overseas Medical Council
  • Proof of attendance at or completion of anaesthetic training, including foundation training.

You will be asked to provide further documentation for exams such as OSCE/SOE to prove you have the UK Initial Assessment of Competency Certificate in Anaesthesia or an overseas equivalent.

The forms must be posted to the college and the fee paid by one of the following methods: electronic transfer, cheque, postal order or bank draft drawn on a UK bank and made payable to 'The Royal College of Anaesthetists'.  The current fee is £85 per year.  If you would like to pay by electronic bank transfer please state this in a note accompanying your application form, the detals of how to make the transfer will be sent to you once your TEE application has been processed and your eligibility has been granted.  On receipt of your payment your TEE number will be given to you.

When can I apply for TEE?

New TEE applicants must have their TEE applications approved at least three months prior to their application for any College examination.

There are three TEE deadline dates per year.  This is designed to allow you a maximum number of attempts at the Primary MCQ exam within your TEE year. Due to the variation in the MCQ exam dates, the August and November deadline dates give you slightly longer eligibility than 12 calendar months to allow you eligibiliy for three MCQs exams. Your TEE will start from the date of the next EDD deadline.  Applications received after this date will start at the following TEE deadline. The upcoming dates are:

Applications Received 28th Oct 2016-5th June 2017 6th June 2017-14th Aug 2017 15th Aug 2017-27th Oct 2017
TEE Deadline Date June 2017 14 August 2016 27 October 2016
Candidates can apply to the following MCQ exams

5 Sept 2017

14 Nov 2017

27 Feb 2018

14 Nov 2017

27 Feb 2018

*Sept 2018

27 Feb 2018

 *Sept 2018

*Nov 2018

TEE Renewal Date 6 June 2018 *August 2018 *October 2018

*Dates to be confirmed.

How do I apply for Exams?

Once you have secured your TEE you will be issued with a TEE number which you can use to apply for exams.  You should then apply for the exams in the same way as all other candidates. You must apply within the same timelines as other candidates and provide the same documentation and signatures.  Candidates who have secured their TEE will be subject to both the general exam regulations and the TEE regulations.

Language

All FRCA examinations are conducted in English. Where a candidate’s first language is not English, the College recommends that an applicant’s communication and written skills in English are at least equivalent to the level at which a doctor could successfully pass the PLAB (Professional Linguistics Assessment Board) tests or at a level where they would expect to gain an average score of approximately 7.5/9 across all bands of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). We do not require you to provide us with a certificate proving competency in English. 

Exemptions

Exempting qualifications are qualifications that are considered acceptable by Colllege Council in place of a pass in the Primary FRCA (conditions apply), as part eligibility towards the FRCA Final exams only.  Information regarding examinations which can be used for recruitment to or passage through anaesthetic training can be found on the training pages of this website.

The College regularly sends FRCA Examiners to overseas examinations, which enables the College to align the quality assurance processes for qualifications which are presently given exemption status.

A candidate applying for the Final FRCA exams shall be exempt from passing the Primary FRCA exam if, within the seven years preceding the start date of the exam applied for, and only in such years as specified:

  1. has passed the Primary examination of the Faculty or the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (before April 2015) (provided it was sat in Ireland).
  2. has obtained any of the following qualifications:

  1. The Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists;
  2. The European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care of the European Academy of Anaesiology or the European Society of Anaesthesiology;
  3. Fellowship of the Faculty of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland;
  4. Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka;
  5. Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesia) University of the West Indies before May 2014;
  6. Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa;
  7. Certificate of the American Board of Anesthesiology;
  8. Fellowship in Anaesthesia of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada;
  9. Fellowship in Anaesthesia of the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons;
  10. Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists;
  11. Master of Medicine (Anaesthesia) of the National University of Singapore before October 2012;
  12. Fellowship in Anaesthesiology of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan awarded in respect of success in the relevant examination before August 2011.
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