Certificate of Completion of Training

The Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) is the certificate that medical doctors in the United Kingdom receive to indicate that they have completed training in their chosen specialty and are therefore eligible for entry onto the specialist or GP register. This registration is needed to apply for posts as a consultant or a general practitioner (GP) respectively.

As of 2010, there are postgraduate medical training programmes in 61 specialties that lead to the award of a CCT.[1]

This certificate is awarded by the General Medical Council (GMC), a self-funding statutory body independent of the government and the Royal Colleges of the various medical specialties.

The GMC took on its role on 1 April 2010 following its merger with the former Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. From 1995 to 2005, hospital doctors' training was assessed and deemed to be complete by the Specialist Training Authority (STA), which was formed by the combined Royal Colleges.[2] The STA awarded a certificate called a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training, or CCST. Currently these two certificates are considered equivalent; however, the GMC has the authority to change the requirements for acquisition of a CCT so that in future they would not be regarded as equivalent.


  1. Jones, Melanie; Carr, Alison; Montgomery, Jane (1 December 2010). "Specialty training places". BMJ Careers. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  2. Calman, KC; Temple, JG; Naysmith, R; Cairncross, RG; Bennett, SJ (January 1999). "Reforming higher specialist training in the United Kingdom – a step along the continuum of medical education". Medical Education. 33 (1): 28–33. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2923.1999.00356.x. PMID 10211274.
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