Specialty Certificate Examinations

Specialty Certificate Examinations

Our globally recognised Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs) offer physicians a postgraduate qualification which demonstrates to prospective employers achievement of a standard required of UK specialist trainees.

If you would like more information on when and how to apply as well as tips on revision and preparation, register your details here.

The purpose of the Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs) is to:

ensure that certified specialists have sufficient knowledge of their specialty to practice safely and competently as consultants
complement workplace-based assessments
provide a rigorous national assessment to establish public confidence
offer a challenge similar to sub-specialty certification examination in North America

For information on how you can further your career with the SCEs please see:

Specialty Certificate Examinations - Qualifications to broaden your horizons
Place of Specialty Certificate Examinations in training

A Specialty Certificate Examination is now a compulsory component of assessment for Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) for all UK trainees whose specialist training began in or after August 2007 and is in one of the following specialties:

Endocrinology and Diabetes
Geriatric Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Medical Oncology
Palliative Medicine
Respiratory Medicine

There are no eligibility requirements for international candidates.

For UK trainees who started CCT training to the new AIM curriculum on or after 1 August 2009, the SCE in Acute Medicine will be the mandatory knowledge-based assessment.

The SCEs meet requirements for knowledge-based assessments that are a part of the curricula submitted to the General Medical Council (GMC) by the Specialist Advisory Committees (SACs). UK trainees who have completed MRCP(UK) would normally take the SCE during higher specialist training, and should have made at least one attempt by the time of their penultimate year assessment. The SCE is a prerequisite for attainment of the CCT.