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General Queries

Enrolment fees 

Making an online enrolment application

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General Queries

Who are the JRCPTB?

The JRCPTB set and maintain the standards for medical specialist training in the UK on behalf of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians (Edinburgh, Glasgow and London).  is a Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK body, responsible for delivering the three Colleges' role in setting and maintaining standards for physician specialist training in the UK.

This role comprises a number of different functions, which include:

  • The development, revision and delivery of specialty curricula, including specified assessment methods, for 29 medical specialties and 3 subspecialties, as well as for Core Medical Training (CMT)
  • Develop and run the ePortfolio which you will use to log your training.
  • Monitor your progress and provide guidance and support throughout medical training.
  • Providing external advice to Deaneries on the quality management of training in different locations as part of the GMC's Quality Framework
  • Recommend you to the GMC for entry to the specialist register once you have completed your training, enabling you to work as a substantive consultant.


Do I need to enrol with JRCPTB?

All training posts in Core Medical Training, Acute Care Common Stem (Acute Medicine) or a medical specialty at the following grades need to be enrolled with the JRCPTB:

  • CT1/ST1
  • CT2/ST2
  • ST3 and above
  • LAT


Why do I need to enrol with the JRCPTB?

It is a mandatory requirement that you enrol with your designation college or faculty (as stipulated in 2.11 of the Gold Guide).  If we don't know about you we cannot support you in your training and ensure your training is completed in line with legal requirements and to the standards set by the JRCPTB and GMC. 

To maintain access to the training tools provided by the JRCPTB which includes your ePortfolio, curriculum and assessment methods.

You will need to enrol with JRCPTB so we can ultimately recommend you to the General Medical Council for specialist registration. You will need specialist registration so you can then work as a consultant in the NHS or elsewhere in the world.

Failure to enrol your post with the JRCPTB may result in:

Your post not counting towards your CCT and subsequently, delaying your completion of training.

The JRCPTB not being able to undertake any activities to support your training such as prospectively approving periods of out of programme and recommending trainees for accreditation.

Your access to the ePortfolio being cancelled.

Failing your ARCP as many panels ask for evidence of completion of enrolment.


What is the fee used for?

The enrolment fee supports the costs of all JRCPTB's activities. See "What does the JRCPTB do for me?" for futher details.


What does the JRCPTB do for me?

The JRCPTB oversees physician training in the UK on behalf of the three Royal Colleges and reporting to the General Medical Council. The training board's main responsibilities with regards to trainees are to:

  • Provide and support services such as the ePortfolio
  • Write and update the specialty training curricula
  • Offer advice on qualification and career progression
  • Provide external assessors for ARCP and PYA panels.
  • Work with deaneries and the GMC on Quality Managing training programmes
  • Approve any variations to a training programme for an individual trainee such as research or overseas training. This approval is a required step if the post is to count towards a CCT.
  • To provide adequate evidence to allow the GMC to agree to issue a CCT or CESR and add the trainee to the Specialist Register.

The JRCPTB is entirely funded by Physician Training fees. We regularly publish a detailed breakdown of our financial structure on our website.


Enrolment Fees

How much are my enrolment fees?

Enrolment fees applicable from 1st August 2013

LAT, FTTA, FTSTA fee per annum

Upfront fee for Core Training

Upfront fee for Specialty Training

Instalment if paid alongside Collegiate Membership

Fee from 01.08.2013

£169 per annum





How can I pay my fees?

At the end of the online enrolment process you will be presented with two choices:

1. Make a one-off upfront payment to JRCPTB

2. Split your training fees into instalments paid annually alongside a Collegiate Membership programme.

The one off fee can be paid in the final stages of the online enrolment by debit or credit card (not American Express) or PayPal account.

You also have the option to request a fee review. Reductions will be made in accordance with our terms and conditions. Please note, requesting a fee review will delay your enrolment application being processed and may delay access to our training services.

During the Online Enrolment progress you are asked to choose how to you want to pay your enrolment fees, currently there are two choices:

You can either make a one-off upfront payment to JRCPTB OR pay your training fees in fixed instalments alongside a Collegiate Membership programme

Trainees enrolling at LAT, FTSTA, CT2 or CT3 should always pay the one off fee to prevent accidental overcharging.

The one off fee can be paid in the final stages of the online enrolment by debit or credit card (not American Express).  If you choose to pay by Collegiate Membership your first instalment will be payable directly to JRCPTB and will be paid on submission of your enrolment form. 


What are the benefits of paying through Collegiate Membership? 

By choosing to pay through Collegiate Membership your JRCPTB fees will be spread over a number of payments. The first fee will always be paid directly to the JRCPTB and the membership department will be responsible collecting both their membership subscription fee and the JRCPTB enrolment fee for the subsequent payments.

Trainees registered with JRCPTB can choose to pay their training fees in annual instalments through one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK (Edinburgh, Glasgow or London) alongside College membership fees, which are tax deductible. This payment option provides Cash flow advantages alongside wider membership benefits primarily related to education and training.

Membership subscription fees start at about £100 not including the PTB contributions. Please note that PTB portion of the fee is subject to change and may increase over the course of your payment plan.

Each of the three Colleges' offers their own membership packages, which include benefits such as:

  • Free access to the Continuing Professional Development or Continuing Medical Education scheme, saving you approximately £100 per year
  • Reduced admission rates to College conferences
  • A College journal or newsletter
  • Access to the College library
  • The membership fee (including those at the higher rate) may be tax deductible

For more details please go to the Colleges membership pages for more information:


When are membership fees collected?

All membership fees are collected annually on the 1st October. Membership payment plans are available from the Colleges.  Please contact your lead College for further information.


Making an online enrolment application

How do I enrol?

Since 2007 all enrolment applications are made through our online enrolment system. Please visit the online enrolment guidance page for further information. In summary, the process is:

1. Receive an introductory email and notification that enrolment applications are now open

2. Sign in to the JRCPTB website.

3. Complete the Online Enrolment System. Please read the advice in this FAQ document and our Applicants guide for advice.

4. Pay your enrolment fee via the Online Enrolment System.

5. Submit supporting documentation to the JRCPTB if requested.

6. Receive confirmation of enrolment application receipt.


How will I know that I am fully enrolled with the JRCPTB?

When you are fully enrolled you will be sent an enrolment confirmation e-mail.  Your records on the ePortfolio will also be updated to show you are enrolled with the JRCPTB. 

I did not complete 24 months of training in a GMC approved core medical training programme and have been asked for evidence of my equivalence what do I need to do?

All doctors without 24 months CMT should upload a completed copy of the training post details grid to the personal library on their ePortfolio in a folder called "evidence at appointment".  If you did not complete the MRCP(UK), but have another postgraduate medical qualification a copy of this certification should also be added to your ePortfolio personal library. 


Updated 11 August 2014