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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 had completed the minimum amount of time training in the UK (3 years for ophthalmology) were eligible to apply retrospectively for a CCT.

From 1 January 2021, any doctor on a combined programme, whose application for entry to the specialist is approved by the GMC, is eligible for a CCT. The requirement for doctors in training to meet minimum training time has been removed from legislation, thus there is no longer a restriction to granting a CCT to doctors who have completed a combined programme.