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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…

  • How to apply to be a General Practitioner.
  • The training programme of the Irish College of General Practitioners.
  • The Application Process and the Key Dates you need to know.
  • What documents you need for the Application Process.

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.

Be a GP. It’s a good life.

#Why Be a GP?

Make a Real

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?
#Get In Touch

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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.
The ICGP, 4/5 Lincoln Place,
Dublin 2, Ireland
#Key Dates

The ICGP will host an application & information session for Doctors interested in the 2020 gp trainee recruitment process on Saturday, 2nd November in Croke Park.

Further details on this session, along with details of the open/closing date for the 2020 application form, interview information etc. will be available in early Autumn.

Please direct queries to Pauline – [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. The College (ICGP) runs the four-year specialist training programme for General Practice. Two years are spent primarily in a hospital setting, and years three and four are spent in supervised general practice.
How can I find out more information on GP Training in Ireland?

The ICGP will hold a free information session in Croke Park on the 2nd November 2019.  For further information consult the ICGP website in early Autumn.  Doctors attending this session will get a chance to meet representatives from the various training schemes and get advice on completing the online application form and the 2020 process.

What are the dates for the application process?

Details of the 2020 gp trainee recruitment process will be available in early Autumn.

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.
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
  • Current Certificate of Registration with competent authority if not registered with the Irish Medical Council
  • Passport sized photo
  • A colour scanned copy of passport
  • Transcript of exam results from university/medical school
  • Membership/Fellowship Certificates
  • Degrees/Diplomas

A full list of documents and declarations will be available HERE 

Who is eligible to apply for the 2020 scheme?

The eligibility criteria for the 2020 intake of gp trainees will be available here, in early Autumn.

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)

  • Ballinasloe
  • Cork
  • Donegal
  • HSE Dublin Mid Leinster
  • Mid Leinster
  • Mid West
  • North Dublin City
  • North Eastern
  • RCSI/Dublin NE
  • Sligo
  • South East
  • South West
  • Western
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.
Can I get credit if I have completed Basic Specialist Training in another training body?

Details of the Recognition of Prior Learning criteria will be available in early Autumn.

What are the key dates and deadlines for 2020 applicants?

TBC – 2019 online application opens.

TBC – 2019 online application closes.

2nd November (am) 2019 – ICGP Application & Information Session, Croke Park.

TBC – online notification of interviews.

TBC – 2020 interviews.

You can contact us via the Contact Form on this website if you would like to be contacted when the online Application opens.

Start building your future now
The ICGP, 4/5 Lincoln Place,
Dublin 2, Ireland