FRCA Primary examinership application form

To check whether you are eligible, please read the Person Specification before submitting your application form.

It is no longer a requirement to observe the examination for application to FRCA examinership.

CVs are not required.

The selection process for FRCA Examiners

  1. Once the application window has closed, applications are anonymised and sent to members of the Examination Committee for scoring.
  2. A passing mark is derived, and a shortlist agreed at the Examinations Committee in October 2024.
  3. References will be requested for those applicants who have been selected to go forward.
  4. The final list of successful applicants will be conferred at the Education, Training, and Examinations Board in January 2025.
  5. Successful applicants will be informed by email shortly after the Board meets.
  6. Training will take place on Tuesday 1 April 2025.  

Qualifications (including CCT if applicable) with dates

Please note that to ensure anonymity the details below are removed from application forms prior to being despatched to the Examinations Committee to carry out the scoring and selection process.

I am a Fellow of the College
I am in good standing with the College
I hold full registration, without limitation, with the GMC

Current appointment (including date of appointment)

Previous relevant employment (consultant or SAS posts only, including locum posts)

Equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I)

Please provide date(s) for all ED&I training undertaken in the last 3 years and upload a copy of the certificate of completion below.

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It is desirable that applicants are able to demonstrate involvement in written and electronic publications that are of particular relevance to training/education and basic sciences of anaesthesia. To ensure anonymity, please do not enter your name in the list of authors, the Committee will presume you are involved in the publications listed. Please give details below:



References form an important part of the selection process of new examiners. Applicants must contact their referees to discuss the appointment before applying for examinership and identify if they are satisfied to provide an informed reference and if not, whether the referee can recommend an appropriate person to contact for a reference. 

At least one professional reference must be supplied by an internal/local colleague, the second may be an internal/local or external/regional colleague.

All applicants must provide evidence of support from their Clinical Director. Ideally, the CD will also provide a reference, however, alternative referees, who may be approached in lieu of the Clinical Director, include the Director of Medical Education, Clinical Lead, College Tutor, or an examiner in the department.

The second reference should be from someone who has a regional perspective and may be internal or external to the applicant’s place of work for example, Training Programme Director, Head of School, Regional Advisor, Deputy Regional Advisor, or a current examiner in the region.

Requests for references form part of the application process and do not indicate a successful outcome at that point.

Referee 1 (local/internal):

Referee 2 (internal or external):

I have read the person specification and job description and believe I meet the essential requirements for this role.

My Clinical Director supports my application for this role and will relieve me for the 10 days required per year for examining and an additional 3 days for other examining duties. 

I confirm that I do not have any restrictions or warnings against me practising medicine within the UK.

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I am interested in the Member Engagement Panel*:
*The Membership Engagement Panel is an online virtual panel of membership that receive surveys and opportunities to share feedback to the College and help us shape future strategy and work.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We have a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion within the College, and these principles are embedded into our values and the way we work. It is for this reason that we are working hard to create and foster the proper representation of ethnic minority, gender and other groups that share protected characteristics in the work of the College and wider specialty. In order to achieve this we are conducting wide-ranging projects to obtain the necessary data to underpin a strategic, supportive and open approach to EDI.

To help us do this, we encourage you to complete the following questionnaire on ethnicity, diversity and inclusion as this data will help us:

  • develop a more detailed picture of our membership profile so we can consider and address areas of under-representation
  • better understand the needs of our Fellows, Members and stakeholders
  • inform strategic planning and policy reform to improve equality, diversity and representation across our work
  • assess the impact of our initiatives and;
  • promote, develop and foster positive relations between different groups.

In line with the Data Protection Act 2018 (C.12), the College will always keep your information safe and stored appropriately. Please see our Privacy Policy for further details. You can request for your data to be deleted if you change your mind.

The College is determined to create a more inclusive environment at all levels where differences are valued and respected.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have provided the below information previously and your details have not changed, you are not required to complete this form.

Ethnic groups are based on the Census 2021 categories

If you are considering how to answer, use the sex recorded on your birth certificate or Gender Recognition Certificate.
Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the terms given in the Equality Act 2010?
The Equality Act 2010 protects people with disabilities. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term (ie has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months) and adverse effect on the person's ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
Do you have carer responsibilities?
Is English your first language?


Data Protection Statement

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is fully committed to the principles of data protection, as set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 (C.12). The RCoA relies on legitimate interests as the lawful basis for processing of personal data. We process and maintain personal data about you so that we can manage your membership, provide you with appropriate products and services and share information with you about RCoA activities.

We will only use your information for the purposes as described and will not pass on your details to other third parties unless you have given us consent to do so.

We use appropriate organisational and technical measures to ensure that your data are secure and protected from loss, misuse and unauthorised access or alteration.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. If you have any questions about data protection or require further information, please email

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