Registration as a doctor in Ireland

To practice as a doctor is necessary to be registered in the country of destination

If you have finished your studies as a doctor and have already done the specialty, Ireland could be one of the most attractive destinations to work. Currently this country offers very interesting employment opportunities and the profession of doctor is one of the best paid.

Below we solve some of the doubts that may arise when starting the necessary procedures to work as a medical graduate in Ireland:

Where you can do the registration for working as a doctor in Ireland?

You can make online the registration for working as a doctor in UK through GMC (General Medical Council): the request route depends on nationality, training, and professional experience. For registration, please click here.

Before starting the registation, is important to have the passport number and a debit/credit card for making the tax payment.

Steps in the application process

  1. Choose the plan according to nationality, degree and professional experience.
  2. Create an online account.
  3. Fulfill the request form to be valued.
  4. Report online documentation according to the application.
  5. Review of documentation and decision of the Medical Council.

For the application process to be carried out in an agile way, it will be necessary to present a series of documents that may take time to be received, so it is better to start the application and compilation as soon as possible.

What documentation will I need to submit in order to successfully complete my registration?

Although the documentation to be submitted will depend on the registration route and nationality, training or experience, the following documents will generally be necessary:

  • Passport and photos.
  • Proof of english level.
  • University degree certificate.
  • Internship certificate, and speciality certificate in case of having it.
  • Certificate of good practice or Professional Status / Good Standing (not older than 3 months).
  • Evidence of registration.
  • Documents that prove professional experience.
  • CV in english.

The General Medical Council can ask for legal translation of the requested documents or other additional information.

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Which level it is required in order to register as a doctor in the Medical Council?

Applicants for Visiting EEA registration are exempt from any English language test requirement. However, the Medical Council strongly urges all applicants for whom English is not their first language to attempt the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to ensure that they have sufficient language skills to practise medicine in Ireland.

For the rest of applicants, the Irish Medical Council accepts different evidences to demonstrate effective communication skills in English. The best known is the Academic IELTS Certificate. This certificate will only be valid if it has been obtained in the last two years with respect to the date of application for registration and you will need to have a total  average of 7 and a minimum of 6.5 in each part of the test: Writting, Reading, Listening and Speaking

If you want to know all the tests that are accepted as evidence of level of English, you can check here.

The PRES: specific requirement for doctors trained outside the EU / EEA or Switzerland.

Doctors trained outside the EU / EEA or Switzerland must pass the PRES (Pre-Registration Examination System). It is a test of knowledge and clinical skills on the main disciplines: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and Medicine / General Practice.

Phases to obtain the PRES and recognition of degree:

  • Level 1: assessment and verification of registration documents.
  • Level 2: online test.
  • Level 3: assessment of medical skills.

Choose the appropriate route of destination

In order to carry out a correct registration, it will be necessary to choose the appropriate route to the profile of the applicant.

Due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, this service is suspended until it can develop normally.


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