Registration for the January 2023 Physician Associate national recertification assessment will open on Monday 7 November 2022. 

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 recertification assessment that candidates provide an up to date and accessible email address.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Assessment Unit if you have any queries at [email protected] 


The recertification assessment

The recertification assessment is designed to cover all core areas of practice that a physician associate (PA) 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 they are fit to practise and safe for patients.

The fee for the recertification assessment is £275. From Sep 2023 the fee for the recertification assessment will be £280.

Payment must be received prior to the assessment. The RCP assessment unit reserves the right to review the assessment fees periodically.

When are PAs required to recertify?

PAs can recertify from the start of their fifth year of practice. If a PA qualified in May, their first diet would be in May of their fifth year. The last diet the PA could sit would be in May of their sixth year. Although, ideally the PA would have recertified by this point.

Each PA has 4 attempts to pass the recertification assessment from the start of their fifth year. Each PA must have recertified by the end of their sixth year of practice. To calculate when a PA should recertify for a second time, they must work another 6 years from their original qualification date – effectively year 11 or 12 of practice.

Recertification 1

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6
May 2010 – May 2011 May 2011 – May 2012 May 2012 – May 2013 May 2013 – May 2014 May 2014 – May 2015 May 2015 – May 2016
Recertification 2
Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Year 12
May 2016 – May 2017 May 2017 – May 2018 May 2018 – May 2019 May 2019 – May 2020 May 2020 – May 2021 May 2021 – May 2022

Sitting the recertification assessment

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

If a PA fails the recertification assessment on 4 occasions or does not pass the assessment within the above timeframe, they will be removed from the PAMVR and their employer notified. They will then have to take the national certification assessment or follow the process that the statutory regulator stipulates in order to enter onto the PAMVR.

Recertification assessment Dates 2022/23

Assessment PeriodApplication periodExam date periodResults released
Diet 1 Monday 27 June 2022 Sunday 10 July 2022 Thursday 8 September 2022 Thursday 3 November 2022
Diet 2 Monday 7 November 2022 Sunday 20 November 2022 Thursday 12 January 2023 Thursday 2 March 2023
Diet 3 Monday 13 March 2023 Sunday 26 March 2023 Thursday 4 May 2023 Thursday 15 June 2023
Diet 4 Monday 26 June 2023 Sunday 9 July 2023 Thursday 7 September 2023 Thursday 2 November 2023