This application form is for first time applicants ONLY. 
DO NOT complete this application form if your application has previously been accepted or you have sat this exam. 
 
If you complete this application form and you have previously sat this exam, we reserve the right to reject your application form.
 
You can register via the ihub booking link on our website where you will be able to log in and pay immediately: https://ihub.rcophth.ac.uk/RCO/Home/RCO/


This is a 2-step application form:

Step 1: You will need to complete the online application form.

Step 2: We will review your application; if your application is approved, you will receive an auto generated payment link after 24 hours via email. This does not mean you will receive a payment link 24 hours after you have submitted your application form.

The deadline for first time applicants to submit an application form and supporting documents is 23:59 on Wednesday (2 days before the closing date), this is to ensure all applications are reviewed and all payments are made before 5pm on the closing date. We recommend all candidates to apply (at least 3 weeks) before the deadline to ensure their documents/application is approved, any later than this jeopardises the chance of your application being approved before the deadline.
 
If your supporting documents cannot be accepted according to the instructions outlined, we reserve the right to reject your application. We strongly advise that you submit your application in good time to avoid this from this occurring.


Candidate Application Process Steps:

GMC/IMC numbers:

If you have a General Medical Council (GMC) or Irish Medical Council (IMC) number, you do not need to submit your medical degree certificate. Please enter your GMC/IMC number in the application. Your GMC/IMC number must be Registered with a licence to practise on their register.

GMC/IMC reference numbers will NOT be accepted, and you will be required to submit your medical degree certificate.

Medical degree certificates:
We DO NOT accept transcripts or any other documents. All medical degree certificates (UK and International) MUST be recently attested by ONE of the following:
- a current Fellow of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- the university issuing the certificate (Dean or Student Registry ONLY)
- a solicitor/advocate/notary public


Certificates in English:
The following documents must be attested within the month you are completing the application:
- Photocopy of original medical degree certificate – Must be signed and dated in BLUE PEN and stamped.
- Letter from the attester - The same attester must write a letter stating the date that they have seen, signed and stamped your certificate and written the letter. The letter must also be signed, stamped and dated by the same attester.

Certificates not in English:
The following documents must be attested within the month you are completing the application:
- You must get your certificate translated - Translation companies must sign, date and stamp the translated certificate to confirm it is genuine.
- Photocopy of original medical degree certificate – Must be signed and dated in BLUE PEN and stamped by ONE of the attesters.
- Translated copy of your original certificate - Must be signed and dated in BLUE PEN and stamped by ONE of the attesters.
- Letter from the attester - The same attester must write a letter stating the date that they have seen, signed and stamped your certificate and written the letter. The letter must also be signed, stamped and dated by the same attester.

 

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