COVID-19 and Assessments update

September examinations

We are pleased to confirm that physician associate national certification and recertification examinations will recommence from this Autumn, dependent on the impact of COVID-19, and in accordance with the latest policies on travel, social distancing and infection control. Our aim is to deliver examinations with as little disruption to candidate preparation as possible. However, some format changes may be necessary to ensure that we continue to ensure the safety of all involved in the delivery of our examinations. 

This will include offering the OSCE examination on more days that have previously been published between 17 September and 8 October 2020. 

We continue to finalise our plans for delivery of the examinations in September and October. Any changes or amendments that are made will be communicated to candidates via email as far in advance of any examination day as possible. It is therefore important on registering to sit the national examination that candidates provide an up to date and accessible email address.

Registrations for the September 2020 diet of the physician associate national certification examination have now CLOSED.

We remain committed to ensuring spaces are available to all candidates who are eligible to sit the PA national examination.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Assessment Unit if you have any queries.


How do I register for the national examinations?

All candidates must register online for the physician associate certification exam and the physician associate recertification exam. The registration link will open approximately two months prior to component 1 written exam.

Candidates that need to re-sit one component of the exam must complete the registration form and select the appropriate component.

Please note registration for an exam is not confirmed until the RCP assessment unit receives official notification from each university that a candidate has completed the mandatory requirements of the university’s programme and is therefore eligible to sit the national exam. Any candidate who is not eligible for the national examination will have their application withdrawn and any examination fees paid refunded. Payment links for each component will be sent out separately to candidates once the application period has closed. 

Please complete all sections of the registration form. An automated email receipt will not be sent, email confirmation will be sent separately within one business day of your application being submitted. 


The national examination fee is £550; PA national written examination fee is £175, PA national OSCE examination fee is  £375

The RCP assessment unit reserves the right to review the examination fees periodically.

Assessment Period 3

ExamApplication periodExam date periodResults released

PA written

PA recertification

Monday, 29 June 2020

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Thursday, 29 October 2020

PA clinical

Monday, 29 June 2020

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Thursday, 17 September  -  Thursday, 8 October 2020

Thursday, 29 October 2020

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