Applying for Core Medical Training
CMT training applicants should complete their Core Medical Training application through Oriel, the online application system. Candidates will then receive a score based on their achievements and qualifications.
Eligibility for CMT Training
To be eligible to apply for CT1, candidates must
- hold an MBBS degree, or equivalent;
- be eligible to apply for full GMC registration, with a current license to practise, on commencement of CT1;
- currently work in a UKFPO-affiliated Foundation Programme, or be able to demonstrate 12 months of work experience after obtaining full registration with the GMC, having achieved foundation competencies within three years of the CMT start date;
- show they have obtained, or can obtain, 24 months of work experience – 12 of which must be after they were eligible for full GMC registration – if not currently working in a Foundation Programme;
- be eligible to work in the UK;
- hold an ALS, or equivalent, on commencement of the CMT;
- demonstrate fitness to practice safely, in addition to being up to date with current practice;
- have effective English language skills, allowing safe communication with patients and colleagues;
- hold an undergraduate degree undertaken primarily in English, or an IELTS score of 7.5, with 7.0 in speaking, listening, reading and writing, dated within 24 months of CT1 application;
- meet the health requirements set out by the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice’;
- provide a complete employment history and evidence that their career progression is in line with their personal circumstances and level of training;
- have informed the Training Programme Director of the Specialty Training Programme that they are currently undertaking if they intend to continue training in a different location;
- have obtained a Foundation Achievement of Competency Document (FACD5.2), and not resigned from a post or training programme, unless evidence of extenuating circumstances can be provided; and
- have not been removed from or relinquished a post or training programme, resulting in not obtaining a FACD5.2 – unless there were extenuating circumstances and they have provided evidence to show a satisfactory outcome from remedial measures.
Most applicants from the EEA do not need to apply to the Home Office to work in the UK. However, as they are not automatically entitled to work, applicants from Croatia may be subject to the RLMT. Doctors from outside the UK or EEA, but who have visa documentation that entitles them to work UK without restriction, are considered on the same basis.
International doctors without visa documentation may need a Certificate of Sponsorship, and also have to sit the RLMT. Those continuing to work under a Tier 2 visa and with the same sponsor are exempt. Doctors without a valid UK work visa will need Tier 2 sponsorship, and to sit the RLMT. They are only eligible to apply for core training in Round 2.
Round 1 and Round 2 of the Core Medical Training Application
The CMT training programme has two application rounds, both of which use the Single Transferrable Score (STS) model of recruitment. Under the STS system, applicants will attend interviews in three to four venues. Furthermore, first round applicants give their preferences for location, with no limit to the amount they can choose. However, candidates cannot give preferences in the second round of their Core Medical Training application.