As a qualified PA you can join the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) and be part of a professional membership body that campaigns for progress and change in the profession, advises government and takes part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues.

Why should I join?

For £221 per annum*, the FPA will support your continuing education and professional development throughout your career. Members benefit from a number of services specifically tailored to their needs as physician associates, including:

  • inclusion on the  Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register  (PAMVR)
  • free access to the FPA ePortfolio and CPD diary – providing one single platform to record and evidence competencies, log CPD activities and strengthen a PAs engagement with their supervisor, complete reflections and more.
  • subscriptions to RCP publications, such as Clinical Medicine and Commentary
  • discounts on a range of RCP conferences, workshops and events
  • discounts on useful learning tools, including up to 20% off UpToDate
  • library services including access to  ejournalsebooks and databasesdocument delivery and free literature searches
  • regular communications through the FPA president’s bulletin and RCP member emails.

*Please note: the membership year runs from 1 November–31 October. Once approved your membership will run until 31 October and will renew each 1 November thereafter.  

If you join part-way through the year, you may be entitled to a discounted membership rate for that year; however, your membership year will still run until 31 October and will be due to renew for the next full year from 1 November.

We offer 50% discount to members on parental leave. If this applies to you, please contact us at [email protected]



Criteria for becoming a member of the Faculty of Physician Associates

If you trained as a PA in the United Kingdom:

  • be a graduate of a nationally recognised physician associate programme
  • have passed the FPA’s Physician Associate National Examination (PANE)

If you trained as a PA in the United States:

  • be a graduate of a nationally recognised US physician associate programme, including those accredited by:
    • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA),
    • ARC-PA's successor agency, or
    • one of ARC-PA's predecessor agencies:
      • Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA), or
      • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • have passed the Physician Associate National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by:
    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • live or work as a Physician Associate in the UK.

Please note that at this time, only PAs that are trained in the UK or USA are eligible for Faculty of Physician Associate membership and can be admitted to the PAMVR as part of their membership.



How to Apply

1 If you are already a Student FPA member, login in to your My RCP account and follow the steps to upgrade to become a qualified member of the FPA. Please do not create a new account.

If you’re not an FPA member, you will need to create a MyRCP account first. To do this visit the RCP website and click ‘join now’. You will then need to follow the steps to apply for physician associate membership.

2 Complete the online application form for FPA membership. Please note that you are required to answer all questions truthfully and honestly.

Please note: if you cannot remember your RCP code or if this is your first FPA membership and you do not yet have an RCP code, please leave this question field blank. Your RCP code will be confirmed upon successful approval of your membership.

Please ensure that you do not scan and upload a copy of your DBS certificate.

You will be required to provide the following documents for your application:

  • a copy of your in-date valid passport.
  • proof of your right to work in the UK where applicable.

If you do not have a passport or your passport is out of date and not valid, please contact us via [email protected] for assistance.

Please note applications can take up to two weeks to process from the date of application. If your application is incomplete or if any information is missing this may increase processing time.

Once you have submitted your application form, please do not attempt to complete another application form as this will only delay your approval and create duplicate accounts.

Payment Options

As a new member, you can pay for your FPA membership by:

  • Direct Debit (as a one-off annual payment or monthly installments); or
  • Online card payment through your MyRCP account

You can log into your MyRCP account at anytime to update your payment method. 

Please do not hesitate to  get in touch  if you have any questions.