GMC Registration FAQs

What type of GMC registration is required for entry to foundation training?

Provisional registration with a licence to practise. 

If you are unsure which registration to apply for, use the GMC’s online applicant registration tool to identify the correct application for you and provide you guidance on the steps you need to take. Please click here to use the tool.

Do I need to be provisionally registered with the GMC when I submit my application?

No. You will need to have applied for and obtained provisional registration by the start of the programme. You are advised to apply for registration at least three months before the start of the programme.

For further information on applying for registration with the GMC, please visit their website here.

What is an internship?

The definition of an internship is a period of pre-graduate or post-graduate clinical experience prior to having a licence to practise medicine unsupervised. You can check if your internship is acceptable on the GMC website here.

I have experience of working in a clinical setting, what level of registration will I be eligible for?

Applicants who have postgraduate experience of working in a clinical setting are advised to liaise with the General Medical Council (GMC) about their registration status. For example, applicants who have undertaken a 12-month internship may be eligible for full registration with the GMC, rendering them ineligible to apply for foundation training.

We would advise you to use the GMC’s online applicant registration tool to identify the correct application for you and provide you guidance on the steps you need to take. Please click here to use the tool.

When should I apply for PLAB?

To take PLAB 1, you must have qualified from medical school. The latest PLAB 1 examination date that would allow sufficient time to take PLAB 2 and get GMC provisional registration by the start of the programme is 1st November 2018; UK bookings must be made by 25th October 2018 (subject to availability). 

Applicants should take PLAB 1 as soon as possible to have the best opportunity to complete PLAB 2 before the start of the programme. While it is possible to complete PLAB 2 if you pass PLAB 1 in March, there is no guarantee that there will be sufficient places available at planned PLAB 2 sittings.

If you need to undertake PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, your date of qualification from medical school must be no later than Thursday 25th October 2018.

Can I provide PLAB documentation when the eligibility checking period has closed?

Yes. Documentation must be provided by the deadlines provided by the UKFPO.

What evidence do I need to provide to demonstrate that I am not required to take PLAB?

The UKFPO will be able to determine this from your passport and your medical degree certificate, or a valid Dean’s statement showing that you will qualify from medical school by Thursday 25th October 2018. You may also provide confirmation from the GMC that you have either booked or successfully passed PLAB 1 and / or PLAB 2. Or, if you already have provisional registration, you can provide confirmation of this from the GMC.