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Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) guidance

The Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration is a route to entry onto the Specialist Register for those doctors who have not followed an approved training programme. It was previously known as article 14. 

The Specialist Register is a list of doctors who are legally entitled to take up honorary, substantive or fixed term consultant posts in the NHS and is maintained by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Take a look at our SAS charters, developed with NHS employers and Royal Colleges, to help you understand what to expect from your employer and what your employer can expect of you.

Hospital doctors are included onto the Specialist Register after they have been awarded either a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certification of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR).

Doctors who wish to join the specialist register who have not followed a full approved GMC training programme but who may have gained the same level of skills and knowledge as CCT holders, can apply for a CESR.

If your CESR application is successful, you will be awarded the certificate and entered onto the Specialist Register.

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