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Are you thinking about a career in General Practice?

This is the dedicated website for all those considering a career in General Practice.

Here, you will find out…

Here, you can…

  • Learn what trainees say about the training programme.
  • Hear what it’s like to train in a rural practice.
  • Find out about the experiences of doctors training in urban Dublin.
  • Learn how the ICGP programme combines experience in top class hospitals, with hands-on experience in real-life practices.

Here, you will learn…

  • Why young doctors have chosen General Practice.
  • How the ICGP training scheme offers you continuity and choice.
  • How the four-year programme provides unique day release teaching and the opportunity to liaise with your colleagues.
  • How General Practice offers you a rewarding and fulfilling career, with you in control.

General Practice offers you a rewarding and fulfilling career, a life with you in control, with vast opportunities to specialise in the area of medicine you want to follow. A life with the support of your colleagues, and the time to spend with your family and friends.

It’s never been a better time to become a GP in Ireland.  GPs have even more scope to specialise, expand and define their role in the community and at the heart of the Irish healthcare services.

#Why Be a GP?

Make a Real Difference

Be a GP and make a genuine difference to the lives of people and communities.

Watch your patients grow and recover, adapt and change.

Be part of a team that makes a difference to an individual by listening, helping and being passionate about their care and their lives.

Enjoy the diversity.

Be a listener.

Be a problem-solver.

Enjoy a Balanced

Be a GP and control your hours, define your day.

Protect your time to learn and work to live, not live to work.

Enjoy a life with independence and flexibility.

Have a family-centred lifestyle, in the heart of your community.

Be a Generalist and a Specialist

Be a GP and be a diagnostic powerhouse, challenged by every patient who walks through your door.

In any one day, diagnose a wide variety of conditions, from heart disease to depression, minor surgery and paediatrics – helping patients with all medical presentations.

Never stop learning, with CME, supportive professional networks and opportunities to develop special interests.

Are you thinking about a career in General Practice?
Wondering what it would be like to be a GP in urban or rural Ireland?
Want to know more about the 4-year training programme?
#Key Dates

2021 GP Trainee Recruitment Online Application Opens            

Wednesday 14 October 2020. To commence your application click here.

GP Trainee Recruitment – Application & Information Webinar  

Saturday 17 October 2020

To register for the webinar click here.

2021 GP Trainee Recruitment Online Application Closes  

Thursday 12 November 2020

Online notification of application status (following eligibility check & shortlisting)

Wednesday 16 December 2020

If you have specific queries regarding GP trainee recruitment, please email – pauline[email protected]

GP Training 2021

The online application for the 2021 intake of gp trainees is now open. Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guide to Applicants prior to commencing the application. Applicants with queries following review of the Guide to Applicants and FAQ’s please email [email protected]

How can I train to be a GP in Ireland?

The Irish College of General Practitioners ( is the professional and training body for Irish general practice. Specialist training for general practice aims to produce GPs who, on completion of training, will be able to provide personal and continuing care to individuals and families in the community.

General practice training is in the main four years in duration.  The first two years are spent primarily in hospital settings, with third and fourth year in supervised general practice.

For those undertaking the recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway, general practice training is shortened, depending on the RPL pathway.  Trainees with RPL Medicine or Emergency Medicine complete 3 year training. Trainees with RPL  Paediatrics compete 3.6 or 3.8 months training.

How can I find out more information on GP Training in Ireland?

Doctors interested in the 2021 GP trainee recruitment process can review all details on

The ICGP will host a webinar on Saturday 17 October (am) for doctors interested in applying for recruitment. To register for this event click here.

What are the dates for the application process?

2021 GP Trainee Recruitment Online Application Opens            

Wednesday 14 October 2020

GP Trainee Recruitment – Application & Information Webinar                                

Saturday 17 October 2020. To register for this event click here .

2021 GP Trainee Recruitment Online Application Closes  

 Thursday 12 November 2020

Online notification of application status (following eligibility check & shortlisting)                  

Wednesday 16 December 2020

As a result of current and possible future restrictions due to COVID-19, the ICGP are in the process of planning online interviews for all eligible candidates. These interviews will take place during the second week in February 2021. As details are finalised we will keep candidates informed.

How does the application process work?

There is an online application process for GP training. The link for this can be found on the ICGP website  Only applications submitted online will be considered.

  • Applications are checked to ensure all required supporting documentation is provided and for confirmation of eligibility for the trainee specialist register and of meeting the HSE English language competency criteria.
  • Applications are shortlisted by representatives from the 14 GP training schemes.
  • Applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria or the minimum shortlisting mark will not be invited to interview.
  • Applicants are advised on the status of their application, online in December
  • Applicants called to interview will receive specific details of the interview mid- January
  • All applicants will be assessed on the same competencies at interview.
  • Following interview, the application score and interview score are combined to determine the applicants overall score. Applicants that are not determined eligible for appointment at interview are also identified.
  • Applicants will be advised of their national rank (by decile) and given the opportunity to submit a scheme preference change of mind form.
  • Applicants are then matched to scheme based on their ranking and scheme preference. ICGP have to take in account HSE policy with regard to allocation of places
  • Online notification of applicants status will be issued late February/early March  i.e. applicants will find out if:
    •  A round 1 training offer is made
    • Interview was successful but no round 1 offer made, this applicant may receive an offer in round 2 or subsequent rounds
    • Deemed unappointable in 2021 following interview
What documents do I need to submit with my application?

There are quite a number of documents required for the application process.

In advance of applying and to reduce any stress we suggest you consider collating the documents ahead of time, the list of documents required includes:

  • Evidence of eligibility for the trainee specialist register with the Irish Medical Council
  • Evidence of meeting HSE English language competency requirements
  • Medical Council Registration Certificate
  • Passport sized photo
  • A colour scanned copy of passport
  • Transcript of exam results from university/medical school
  • Membership/Fellowship Certificates

Applicants are advised to review the Guide to Applicants.

Who is eligible to apply for the 2021 scheme?

Doctors that can provide evidence at application stage of meeting the criteria for trainee specialist registration with the IMC and the HSE English language requirements are eligible to apply for GP training.

Where are the training schemes based and what GP practices are involved?

There are currently 14 GP training schemes in Ireland. They are based throughout the country.

The 14 schemes are as follows (alphabetical order)

Can I choose where I will complete my training?

At the time of application you will be asked to rank your preferred location.  Applicants are only asked to select the training scheme they are genuinely interested in. Following interviews candidates will be advised of their national rank (by decile) and will be given a limited timeframe in which to re-order their scheme preferences. Further details on this will be made available to candidates later in the recruitment process.

Can I get credit if I have completed Basic Specialist Training in another training body?

Applicants that have successfully completed BST in Medicine or Paediatrics from the RCPI and who have successful completed MRCPI examinations (Part I & Part II), at time of application can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Applicants that have successfully completed core specialist training in Emergency Medicine from the RCSI and who have successful completed all appropriate assessments (Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine FRCEM – Primary and Intermediate examination at time of application can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Successful applicants for RPL Medicine or Emergency Medicine will have training shortened from 4 years to 3 years.

Successful applicants for RPL Paediatrics will have training shortened from 4 years to 3.6 or 3.8 years (depending on the  training scheme). Please note, the length of exemption is defined by the length of Pediatric rotation usually offered by individual schemes.

For full details on RPL click here.

#Get In Touch

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Dublin 2, Ireland

Contact Us to…

  • Let you know when the Application Process opens.
  • Receive information about the ICGP’s Application & Information Session
  • Receive information on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.