The College offers two types of examinations - the Membership Examination (MRCPCH) and the Diploma in Child Health (DCH) - hosted in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and many countries internationally. Some countries use the MRCPCH as part of their paediatric training programmes.

RCPCH 2016 Exam Timetable
Examination Date
Foundation of Practice (FOP)
Theory and Science (TAS) 1
2 February, 2016
Applied Knowledge in Practice (AKP) 2 10 May, 2016
Foundation of Practice (FOP)
Theory and Science (TAS) 2
14 June, 2016
Applied Knowledge in Practice (AKP) 3 6 September, 2016
Foundation of Practice (FOP)
Theory and Science (TAS) 3
10 October, 2016

Register online for examinations

f you have not yet sat an examination with the RCPCH and/or do not have an RCPCH number, you will need to create or sign in to your online account, and then register online for examinations.
Important! Please do not register for an exam account during any exam application period. We recommend you begin the registration process at least four weeks before your exam application period opens.
Once your registration is accepted, you can apply for an examination during the relevant application period.

MRCPCH examination

Membership of the RCPCH is achieved by passing a series of examinations. MRCPCH examinations are usually taken during the period of basic specialist training, which normally lasts two to three years, and are the normal entry requirement for Core Specialist Training in paediatrics.

The MRCPCH comprises:

In general, we expect all trainees entering ST3 to have passed at least two of the three theory exams. We expect trainees entering ST4 (level 2) to have completed and passed all parts of the MRCPCH, including the clinical examination.

Each year, about 7,000 candidates attempt the FOP and TAS exams, about 2,100 the AKP, and more than 1,500 the MRCPCH clinical.