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Trainees who achieve the entire programme competencies in GMC-approved posts are eligible to apply for entry onto the UK Specialist Register via a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

The Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (Combined Programme) or CESR (CP) is equivalent to the CCT and certifies that the recipient is eligible for entry onto the Specialist Register.

Following a policy change dated 18 May 2020, doctors on a combined programme who have completed the minimum amount of time training in the UK will qualify for a CCT.  Current EU legislation sets out, for the majority of specialties, a minimum amount of time that doctors must have trained in the UK.  However, this is usually less than the length of the UK training programme.

The certificate issued will depend on whether the trainee has met the minimum training duration for their specialty in the UK as defined by EU legislation, article 25(2), and Annex V, of the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC.

The minimum number of years of training which ophthalmologists in the UK must complete to be eligible for a CCT is 3 years.