The recertification exam

The recertification exam is designed to cover all core areas of practice that a physician associate is expected to maintain knowledge in, regardless of whether they are working in a specific specialty. Medicine is forever changing and PAs have a responsibility to keep up to date. This ensures that physician associates are fit to practise and safe for patients. 

In order to remain on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) physician associates have to sit the recertification examination every six years.

How do I register for the recertification exam? 

All candidates have to register online for the physician associate recertification exam. The link for registering will appear underneath the exam date when the exam becomes open for registration. Payments have to be received prior to the exam otherwise candidates will not be allowed to participate. The cost of the recertification exam is £250. 

From September 2018, the recertification fee will increase to £275.


Upcoming exams 

Recertification component 1 - written

Friday 4 May 2018

Locations (Venues TBC):

  • Birmingham
  • London

We will try and accommodate your preferred location but cannot guarantee your choice.

Fee: £250

Registration for the May FPA recertification examinations have now closed.     

Sitting the recertification examination 

Physician associates are given three attempts to sit and pass the recertification examination.

The first opportunity will be at the beginning of their fifth year of practice after qualifying as a physician associate and they have to pass the exam before the end of their sixth year.

If any physician associate fails the recertification exam on three occasions or doesn’t pass the exam within the above timeframe, they will be removed from the PAMVR and their employer notified of this change. They will then have to take the qualifying exam or follow the process that the statutory regulator stipulates in order to enter on to the PAMVR.