National Examinations 2020 

Assessment period Exam

Application period

Exam date period Results released

Assessment period 1

PA written

PA recertification







 PA clinical






Monday, 11 November 2019


Sunday, 24 November 2019

Thursday, 16 January 2020



Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Friday, 7 February 2020

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Friday, 14 February 2020

Friday, 13 March 2020

Assessment period 2

PA written

PA recertification

PA clinical




Monday, 16 March 2020

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Thursday, 7 May 2020



Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Friday, 22 May 2020

Friday, 19 June 2020
Assessment period 3

PA written

PA recertification



 PA clinical










Monday, 29 June 2020

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Thursday, 10 September 2020



Thursday, 17 September 2020

Friday, 18 September 2020

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Friday, 25 September 2020

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Thursday, 29 October 2020

September 2019

Application Period: 1-15 July 2019
Results Release: 1 November 2019

The national examination fee is £550; written component £175, OSCE component £375. The FPA reserve the right to review the examination fees annually.

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.

Registration is now closed for September's intake. 

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

The registration process will close approximately one month before the component 1 written exam.

Please note registration for an exam is not confirmed until the FPA receives official notification from each university of all candidates that have completed the mandatory requirements of their programme and are therefore eligible to sit the exam. Once eligibility has been confirmed, a further email confirming which exam component has been registered for and the payment arrangements will be sent. Payment must be received two weeks prior to sitting any exam.

Please complete all sections of the registration form and select ‘complete your registration’ to submit the form. An automated email receipt will not be sent. An email will be sent to all registered candidates when registration has closed.

Where are the exams held?
The written exams are held in a number of locations. These locations are decided based on projected graduating numbers given to us from higher education institutes. The FPA cannot guarantee you will be offered the venue requested, but we will offer an alternative venue. The OSCE exams are held in Liverpool across a schedule of 5 exam days. The FPA will allocate candidates to an exam day as soon as practicable.

How do I withdraw from the exam?
Requests for withdrawal from an examination should be made in writing to [email protected] 

Can I defer my registration to another exam sitting?
No, exam registration cannot be deferred to a later date, however payment can be carried over to another exam date. You will need to request to withdraw from the exam and re-apply for the desired sitting of the exam at the appropriate time.