Membership categories and subscriptions

Joining the College is simple. Please see below for information on different membership categories to find the one for you.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the UK, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.

If you would like to apply for membership, please complete our Become a Member questionnaire, which will help determine the most appropriate membership category for you to apply for through our online application process.

Alternatively, please contact the Membership Engagement team on 020 7092 1700, Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00, or email membership@rcoa.ac.uk.

Within each category below, you'll see the subscriptions and fees for each one. If you're an existing member, please read this information to understand your current subscription. If you're considering becoming a member, please use this information to select the relevant subscription in your application.

The subscription fees below are effective from 5 August 2023.

Fellowships

A registered medical practitioner who has passed the Final FRCA Exam.

Membership fee(s)

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Fellow by Examination membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Access to online educational resources and CPD activities.
  • Access to revalidation support and guidance.
  • Access to the Lifelong Learning Platform (can be requested after approval of membership application has been received).
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

If you do not already have a Lifelong Learning Platform account you can request one by completing the Lifelong Learning Platform Account Request Form.

This Fellowship is open to doctors practising in anaesthesia, critical care or pain medicine in the UK and hold a substantive consultant post at time of application, but do not hold the RCoA Fellowship in anaesthesia and who meet the criteria as set out in the accompanying guidance document. The applications for this category are approved by the RCoA Nominations Committee.

The application form and guidance for this Fellowship is available here.

Application forms received by 31 August 2024 will be considered at the March Nominations Committee. However, this is subject to the number of applications received and the agenda capacity for each Committee meeting so your application might be moved to a later date. If this is the case the Membership Engagement team or secretary of the Nominations Committee will notify you.

Membership fee(s)

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

Memberships

Individuals will not have the Final FRCA but will be working in a substantive or honorary consultant post.

Membership fee(s)

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Associate Fellow membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Access to online educational resources and CPD activities.
  • Access to revalidation support and guidance.
  • Access to the Lifelong Learning Platform (can be requested after approval of membership application has been received).
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

If you do not already have a Lifelong Learning Platform account you can request one by completing the Lifelong Learning Platform Account Request Form.

To apply individuals must have passed the Primary FRCA examination or any other examination that Council considers to be sufficient for the purpose of membership [see Regulation (6)(1)].

AND

Completed 12 months of anaesthetic training in the UK. As well as, no longer working in a Trainee role and are not working towards completing the anaesthetic training programme at the College.

Membership fee(s)

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Access to online educational resources and CPD activities.
  • Access to revalidation support and guidance.
  • Access to the Lifelong Learning Platform (can be requested after approval of membership application has been received).
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

If you do not already have a Lifelong Learning Platform account you can request one by completing the Lifelong Learning Platform Account Request Form.

Registered medical practitioner in the UK not holding a consultant position but working in anaesthesia, critical care or pain medicine and does not hold the Primary FRCA examinations or any other equivalence noted under the Member category.

If you have been appointed to an MTI post and wish to take up membership of the College, please follow the Global Partnerships guidance. Once you have taken up your MTI posting at your UK NHS hospital, please contact the Global Partnerships team where they will confirm the next steps to gain membership of the College. MTI doctors receive the first year of membership without a fee.

Membership fee

  • £225 (no overseas rate).

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Associate Membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Access to online educational resources and CPD activities.
  • Access to examination support.
  • Access to the Lifelong Learning Platform (can be requested after approval of membership application has been received).
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

If you do not already have a Lifelong Learning Platform account you can request one by completing the Lifelong Learning Platform Account Request Form.

Trainees

An individual who has passed all of the FRCA Examinations and is working towards completing the anaesthetic training programme at the College.

Membership fee(s)

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Fellow in Training membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Take advantage of great discounts offered by a TOTUM Pro card.
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal and Lifelong Learning Platform (can be requested after approval of membership application has been received).
  • Continued training support from College Tutors and Regional Anaesthesia Advisors.
  • Access to online educational resources and CPD activities.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

If you do not already have a Lifelong Learning Platform account you can request one by completing the Lifelong Learning Platform Account Request Form.

If you are now in Specialty Training, you will need to re-register by completing this form.

Membership fee

  • £195 (no overseas rate).

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Anaesthetist in Training membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Take advantage of great discounts offered by a TOTUM Pro card.
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal and Lifelong Learning Platform (can be requested after approval of membership application has been received).
  • Access to examination and training support.
  • Access to online educational resources and CPD activities.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

Once your trainee registration form has been processed by the College, you will be notified about how to access the Lifelong Learning Platform. If you have any technical issues related to this, please contact the Lifelong Learning team via lifelong@rcoa.ac.uk.

Retired Members

Anaesthetists who have come to the end of their career and are no longer in substantive employment. Further details about the SFMC can be found here.

Membership fee

  • £70 (no overseas rate).

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of SFMC membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.
  • Access to revalidation support and guidance.
  • Bespoke social SFMC meeting held twice a year.
  • Access to online educational resources and CPD activities.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

Medical Student and Foundation Doctors

To apply, individuals must be attached to a Foundation School.

Membership fee

  • £36.

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Foundation Years Doctor membership

  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Take advantage of great discounts offered by a TOTUM Pro card.
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.
  • Online access to the Bulletin and College publications.
  • Carefully developed training resources to give you a head start in your future specialty, with career guidance and support.
  • Opportunities to network and expand your clinical connections.

Undergraduate students studying medicine.

Membership fee

  • £10.

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Medical Student membership

  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Take advantage of great discounts offered by a TOTUM Pro card.
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.
  • Online access to the Bulletin and College publications.
  • Carefully developed training resources to give you a head start in your future specialty, with career guidance and support.
  • Opportunities to network and expand your clinical connections.

International Members

Registered medical professional working and residing outside the UK working in anaesthesia, critical care or pain medicine who does not hold the Primary or Final FRCA examination or any other equivalence noted under the Member category.

Membership fee(s)

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of International Affiliate membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Reduced rate access to e-Learning resources (including e-SAFE).
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal.
  • Working in partnership with other organisations to develop curriculum and sponsorship schemes.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

Affiliates

Individuals will have an interest in the development or delivery of anaesthesia, critical care, pain medicine or perioperative medicine.

Membership fee

  • £152 (no overseas rate).

How membership supports the work of the College

Membership of the College directly contributes to advancing the specialty by supporting important work in clinical standards, patient safety and research. This includes:

Benefits of Affiliate membership

  • Online access to the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education.
  • Discounts on our events and courses.
  • Access to My RCoA online, self-service portal and online CPD/educational resources.

For a full list of benefits the College provides its membership, dependent on categories, please click here.

Fees

Category

Price

UK

Overseas – according to World Bank Definitions

High

Middle

Low

Fellow by Examination

£562.00

£281.00

£211.00

£144.00

Fellow ad Eundem

£562.00

£281.00

£211.00

£144.00

Fellow in Training

£330.00

£275.00

£205.00

£138.00

Associate Fellow

£473.00

£281.00

£211.00

£144.00

Member

£310.00

£225.00

£169.00

£113.00

Associate Member

£225.00

-

-

-

Anaesthetist in Training

£195.00

-

-

-

Senior Fellows and Members Club

£70.00

-

-

-

Foundation Year Drs

£36.00

-

-

-

Medical Students

£10.00

-

-

-

International Affiliates

-

£152.00

£114.00

£76.00

Affiliates

£152.00

 

 

 

Change in circumstances?

Where possible, the College provides support to its membership, and if you find your circumstances have changed, please click on the below options for details on how we might be able to help.

To better support the wide variety of contracts and working patterns of our Fellows and Members, the College has a less than full time (LTFT) membership rate, which is valid for one year of membership and a new self-declaration form requesting this discount is required each year.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • working fewer than eight programmed activities (including supporting professional activities) per week
  • work less than 0.80 or 79%, and below, whole time equivalent.

Discount available:

  • application received before or within three months of membership fee payment date = 25%
  • application received after three months of membership fee payment date but within six months =18%
  • application received after six months of membership fee payment date will be applied to your next membership renewal if your working hours remain at the eligible amount over this period

If you would like to apply for this discount please complete and submit a copy of the self-declaration form.

For each membership year we require a new form to apply the discount, so please be aware that this is not automatically applied and we may ask you to re-submit the form.

Please note, if you have retired from substantive clinical work, you are not eligible for this discount but you can request to change your membership category to be that of Senior Fellows and Members Club (SFMC). For full details of the SFMC membership please visit this webpage.

If you are on, or due to be on, maternity leave or extended parental leave or adoption leave, you can apply to have your membership without a fee for twelve months.

Let us know about your leave as soon as you can so we can support you. For us to provide you with this discount we do require notice before or during your leave. If you notify us after your leave we are unable to back date the discount.

Please complete and submit a copy of the self-declaration form.

Are you on, or have been on, long-term sick leave for six months or more? If yes, you can apply for a supported subscription, which reduces your membership fee to £57.00.

You can apply for this discount by completing and submitting a copy of the self-declaration form.

You can call the Membership Engagement team on 020 7092 1700, Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00 if you would prefer to discuss this option with us.

Payment methods for your membership

There are several ways you can make payment for your membership. Please find the option best for you below. We will send you a notification ahead of of when your membership fee is due for payment.

If you're a member of the College or its Faculties and wish to pay for your membership by direct debit instruction, please click here.

You will be directed to the Go Cardless online form to input your details in a secure online environment. You can read their privacy notice here.

If you wish to set up a monthly payment plan, please complete the online form and then email the Membership Engagement team via membership@rcoa.ac.uk to inform us of this request. We will then ensure your membership payment plan is set up accordingly. We do not offer monthly payments to Medical Students due to administration costs being greater than the membership fee.

If you have any questions, require assistance, or would like to set up your direct debit instruction over the phone please contact the Membership Engagement team call 020 7092 1700, Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00, to speak to one of the team.

Members with an existing direct debit instruction:

Please contact the Membership Engagement team via membership@rcoa.ac.uk or call 020 7092 1700, Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00 if you require any changes to your existing direct debit instruction including cancellation or change of bank details. Also, contact us if you wish to change your payment plan to either annual (a one of payment) or monthly.

If you don't have a direct debit set up you can pay for your membership by credit or debit card. There are several ways you can do this:

  • Log into your My RCoA online account to make payment securely and quickly online. If you have not activated your My RCoA account, you need to do that first before attempting to make payment. Follow the activation process found here, it’s really important you use the same email address that is on your membership record.
  • Call the Membership Engagement team to make payment securely over the phone. The membership phone line is covered Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00, call 020 7092 1700 to speak to one of the team.

If you wish to pay for your membership by bank transfer (in £GBP) please use the following details, always quoting your College Reference Number (CRN) as the payment reference):

From a UK Bank account

The Royal Bank of Scotland, 43 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 3AS.

Sort Code: 16-00-15
Account Number: 11039467

From a non-UK bank account 

Please quote your College Reference Number (CRN) as the payment reference:

IBAN: GB57 RBOS1600 1511 0394 67
IBAN BIC: RBOS GB 2L

To be able to take full advantage of College benefits and get involved in College initiatives, please become a member.