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GMC Full Registration

F1 sign off

F1 trainees who have successfully completed their F1 year and have achieved an Outcome 1 in their ARCP will be issued with a Foundation Year 1 Certificate of Completion (F1CC) document. This document is your end of year certificate and will be signed-off by the Foundation School Director or other authorised signatory in the Foundation School.

If your training end date is changed you must contact the Foundation School Manager by email to inform them of the reason and new date to allow GMC Connect to be updated with your new end date.

Your Certificate of Experience (CoE) required by the GMC to allow full registration will not be processed unless you have a F1CC.

  • The GMC will contact all UK graduates who are undertaking a F1 training programme and invited to apply for full registration by making an application to the GMC.
  • If you are an overseas graduate the Foundation School will send you details on how to apply for full registration. This is done usually 3 months before you are due to complete your F1 training.
  • For all F1 trainees allocated to and training in Scotland, your CoE will be submitted by the Scottish Foundation School team.
  • Submission to the GMC by the School will usually be done in the middle of July of each year for all F1 trainees who have received an ARCP Outcome 1.
  • If you are an international graduate an electronic form will be submitted to the GMC, this is done in the middle of July of each year.
  • Remember that you need to acknowledge your ARCP Outcome 1 on Turas Portfolio.
  • Once your ARCP is acknowledged the Foundation School will make arrangements to release your F1CC, is will be done automatically towards the end of July.
  • Note you will not be granted full registration until the end date of your F1 training.
  • The F1CC is generated electronically, signed digitally and stored in your e-portfolio. 
  • There is NO paper copy and the Foundation School will not hold a copy of you F1CC but you can download your certificate as part of your Portfolio.


GMC Full Registration

You must have full registration before you start F2. Follow this simple guide to make sure this is in place.


Applying on GMC Online

Three months before you're due to start F2, you should log in to GMC Online to apply.

You'll need your GMC reference number and the password you set when you applied for provisional registration. If you can't remember your password, you can reset it on the log in page.

On the menu on the left, click on 'My Details' and make sure your address and telephone numbers are correct. Next, click on 'My Registration' then 'My Applications', and follow the instructions to apply.

Then you'll need to:

  • complete and submit an online application for registration
  • confirm your start date (F2 start date)
  • complete a declaration of fitness to practice
  • pay the relevant application fee


Application process for International Medical Graduates

For international graduates the Foundation School will email your information as part of your submission you may need to submit additional documents, please use the links in the information email, sent by the Foundation School team. 


Confirming your start date

You will be asked to confirm the date you want your full registration to start.  Trainees are not able to commence work at F2 level until they hold full registration with a licence to practise.


Declaring any fitness to practice issues

You'll need to declare any issues that could potentially affect your suitability to be a doctor (fitness to practice issues), such as criminal convictions or problems with drug or alcohol abuse. You should declare all potential fitness to practice issues - you can find out more about these on the GMC website.

If you have a fitness to practice issue to declare, you should apply as early as possible because they may need further evidence from you about it. If you're not sure whether something matters, it's better to declare it so they can assess and discount it rather than finding out about it later on.


Paying the fee

The cost of full registration will need to be paid when you submit your online application. Paying the fee doesn't automatically grant your registration with a license to practice; this will be granted if they approve your application.


Sending your Certificate of Experience

Before the GMC can grant your registration, the Foundation School need to confirm that you've met the requirements of F1. They do this by submitting the Certificate of Experience directly to the GMC within their timeline.

For all graduates, your registration will be processed through the Foundation School you are currently working in.  The designated representative of your Foundation School will automatically send your certificate of experience directly to the GMC. 

To find out who's responsible for completing your certificate please refer to the GMC web page.

The GMC will process your application when they receive your Certificate of Experience and match it with your online application. You can check the progress of your application by clicking on 'My Applications' on GMC Online. They will send you a certificate once they have processed your application.


Before you start your F2 job

Your new registration status will show on the online medical register from the start date you chose in your application. You can see this here. You should make sure that you're fully registered before you start your F2 job. Failure to do this will impact on your progression to F2 training and will result in an extension to training.

If you have any questions or need any more information, you can contact the GMC by email.

Now that you are a F2 and have gained full registration you will need to connect to a designated body in Scotland. Your designated body is NHS Education for Scotland. It is important for you to update your connection and this will need to be done by updating your details in the ‘My Revalidation’ section of your GMC Online account. You will be sent a reminder by the GMC 30 days after you were granted full registration. If you have not updated your connection after three months you will get formal notice that the GMC are considering whether to remove your licence to practice. 

When connecting to your designated body, please ensure you select NHS Education for Scotland and not NES Healthcare which is a different body.

There is more information about revalidation on the GMC website.  There is also a page with more information for doctors in training here

Trainees can access a step by step ‘Connection Tool’ and supporting information the on the GMC website. Please also see this slide set. This short set of slides will take you through the steps doctors need to go through in their GMC Online account in order to set up their connection.  It is your responsibility as a doctor in training to mange your connection for the purposes of revalidation.


What is a licenced to practise?

Every doctor who practises medicine in the UK must hold a must licence to practise and is subject to revalidation.  Please see more details on the GMC website here.   


This page was last updated on: 03.04.2024 at 10.50