Professional Competence

What is Professional Competence?

Professional Competence is a formal way of recording your lifelong learning as a doctor and highlighting your dedication to developing and maintaining key skills and competencies throughout your medical career.

Are you registered with the Irish Medical Council?

If you are registered on the Supervised, General or Specialist Division of the Irish Medical Council  Register, you are required to be enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme. You must be enrolled in order to demonstrate you are actively maintaining your Professional Competence in a manner recognised by the Irish Medical Council.

When you apply to retain your registration with the Irish Medical Council, you are required to declare the name of your Professional Competence Scheme and the date you enrolled, or renewed your enrolment, on that scheme.  Failure to make this declaration will place your continuing registration at risk.


You must pay the annual renewal fee for Professional Competence in order to stay enrolled on your Professional Competence Scheme. The Medical Council will ask you to confirm your enrolment on its Annual Retention Form.  

How to renew your enrolment

  • You can pay online through your RCPI Digital Hub - when you have made your online payment you will receive an automated receipt which is the evidence of enrolment required by the Medical Council
  • You can set up a direct debit to pay your annual fee once a year from now on - click here to complete a direct debit form
  • Pay over the phone with your Visa/Mastercard debit or credit card. Call our Finance Department on 01 8639751 and have your  RCPI ID number and credit card details to hand
  • We can invoice your employer.  Email  Be sure to include your RCPI ID in the message

New bank regulations for online payments: It is very important when you log in to check that Line 3 of your address is populated and that you have provided a valid Eircode/Postcode in the place provided. 

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If you are participating in a Higher Specialist or Basic Specialist training programme, you are not required to enrol on a Professional Competence scheme.

If you are planning to join a training programme, you should be enrolled on a Professional Competence scheme until the training programme start date.

We are happy to advise you on this.


Yes. If you hold Specialist, General or Supervised registration with the Medical Council, you must maintain your Professional Competence.  

Our Guide for Retired Doctors explains how to match your current scope of practice to your Professional Competence requirements.

Visit our Retired? page for more information.

A Many doctors, for various reasons, do not practise medicine for a certain period of time during their career. Leave from practice can have an impact on your ability to meet the legal minimum professional competence requirements and this may then be reflected on your Annual Statement of Participation. Visit our Absent from Practice? page for more information

Understanding Professional Competence

This booklet provides practical information on what you need to do each year.