How to Get CCT

The regulatory body for postgraduate medical education is the General Medical Council (GMC) (

When your training in Psychiatry is complete you can apply to the GMC for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). 
You need to have had your training formally signed off by the School issuing you with a final RITA or ARCP form.

Instructions for applying for a CCT are on the College Website.

The Royal College of Psychiatry CCT Calculator can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Period of Grace

Trainees are able to apply for Consultant posts up to six months before their anticipated CCT/CESR-CP date. Not all trainees are able to do this or are successful in their applications. The Period of Grace allows doctors who have completed their training to continue in the Specialty Registrar grade for a time limited period of time, whilst they find employment, usually in a consultant level post. The doctor is no longer considered to be in training, but is in post for the purposes of service. Once a trainee has accepted a Consultant post or Locum Consultant post, they must resign from their training programme with effect from either their CCT/CESR (CP) date or following the appropriate period of notice. In doing so the trainee’s National Training Number (NTN) is relinquished and the right to a Period of Grace is given up, there is no option to return to training after this.

Trainees are required to notify Health Education England within Yorkshire and the Humber of their intent to take up a Period of Grace a minimum of 6 months prior to the date of CCT/CESR(CP) using a Period of Grace Intent Form.  Trainees should have discussions with their TPD prior to the mid point of their final training year to support their decision as to whether or not a Period of Grace will be required. If the Period of Grace Intent form is not submitted by the required deadline, the TPD will not arrange for a Period of Grace for the trainee. It is not always possible to guarantee the availability of a post for a trainee to complete a Period of Grace. All posts are subject to availability within the training programme.

Once a Period of Grace Intent Form has been received within the programme, the TPD will work to accommodate the requests within available posts. Trainees will receive the offer of a Period of Grace no later than 14 weeks prior to the date of CCT/CESR(CP). The trainee will have two weeks in which to accept or decline the post. If the post is accepted by the trainee, they will be expected to work from the expected CCT/CESR(CP) date to the end of the agreed timeframe, normally 6 months. If the trainee opts to leave the Period of Grace early, they will be expected to work the agreed normal notice period of three months from CCT/CESR(CP). If the post is declined, the trainee will relinquish their NTN at the expected CCT/CESR(CP) date and will give up the right to a Period of Grace.