Visitors to FRCA examinations

About visiting our exams

Observing a FRCA examination is an essential requirement for members interested in becoming an examiner. The college welcomes up to a maximum of 10 visitors to FRCA Primary and Final examinations, with spaces allocated on a first come, first served basis. As a visitor, you will observe the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) or Structured Oral Examination (SOE).

A visit to the FRCA examinations (either Primary or Final) in the last 5 years is an essential part of the person specification for members interested in becoming an examiner.

If your application to visit an examination is successful, College staff will contact you to confirm your booking.  Please book leave as soon as you receive confirmation.  If your situation changes and you are unable to attend, please let the College know as soon as possible so your allocation can be reissued.

You should expect to spend the whole day at the College, normally from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.   Requests to visit an exam for half days will affect the CPD points you receive and those requesting full days will be given preference.

On arrival at the College, you will be invited to sign the visitors’ book and directed to the briefing room where the examinations chairman will brief you on the examination you are observing and the schedule for the day.  You are invited to join the examiners for lunch and will have the opportunity to discuss your visit with the chairman before departure. You will also be asked to provide feedback. You must not bring activated bleeps or mobile telephones to the examination and may be asked to leave if a mobile phone or electronic device rings.

Once you have visited one part of the exam, you may request to visit the other part, however, priority will be given to people who have not visited any part of the exam before.

Expenses are only payable to College examiners and examiners-elect who visit examinations in accordance with College procedures.

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A maximum of ten visitors are allowed per examination day.  Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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If you would like to visit a Primary or Final FRCA Examination, please submit a request and we'll be in touch to arrange a suitable date.