The Physician Associate National Examinations

The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) runs the Physician Associate national certification and recertification examination (PANE).

The national exam is made up of an OSCE component (a 14 station OSCE) and a written component (a 200 single best answer (SBA) exam) and is sat by students who have qualified from UK physician associate programmes.

Once PA students have successfully completed their PA studies course, they are then required to pass their national exam before they can be declared fit to practice in the UK. On successful completion of the PANE, providing they are a member of the FPA, they can then be registered on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR).

The recertification examination is a 200 SBA exam, which all physician associates have to take every 6 years to revalidate.
Please note, the FPA does not endorse any national examination revision courses.

Exam Fees

Please be aware that from September 2021, the national examination fees will be:

Examination type

Examination fee





PA certification examination (written)





PA clinical examination (OSCE)











For further information on the new fees can be found here

The recertification fee is £275

The RCP reserves the right to review the examination fees annually.


The Physician Associate Naitional Exam Board

The Physician Associate National Exam Board quality assures the process and results of the PA National Exam and ensures it is robust and fair.


Become an Examiner

If you are interested in becoming an examiner for the national exam OSCE please email [email protected]  detailing how you meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a minimum of three year post-registration clinical practise experience
  2. Experience of the PA role - for example as a practicing PA, a PA supervisors, significant involvement in a PA course, or significant ‘on the ground’ experience working with PAs.
  3. Current registration with a professional body (e.g. GMC, PAMVR, NMC).

All new examiners will be required to attend a training workshop prior to their first session as an examiner.