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The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

Certificate of Eligibility

The Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care (FIMC) is the highest level of formal qualification available for pre-hospital practitioners. The FIMC examination regulations define the current eligibility requirements. The FIMC eligibility requirements are intended to ensure that applicants are suitably prepared for the examination. Those applicants who are undergoing or have completed GMC approved sub-specialty training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) must have their applications countersigned by a UK approved PHEM Training Programme Director to confirm their suitability to undertake the examination. Practitioners who have undertaken alternative forms of pre-hospital care training outside of approved PHEM subspecialty training programmes must demonstrate that their experience and training can be considered equivalent to that of a sub-specialty trainee. This requires that the applicant submits a Certificate of FIMC Eligibility issued by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care. The below regulations relate to the process for the issue of a Certificate of FIMC Eligibility. It should be noted that the issue of a Certificate of FIMC Eligibility simply confirms that the applicant has demonstrated that they have equivalent (or greater) clinical and operational experience as a PHEM sub-specialist trainee at the point of application for the FIMC.

Following the latest update of the PHEM curriculum (March 2022) the regulations for the certificate for FIMC eligibility have been updated to reflect this. Appreciating that some candidates may already be working on portfolios against the previous regulations (February 2020), applications against these regulations will still be accepted up to the 31st January 2024. After this date all applications must be made against the 2023 Regulations. 

Applications will only be accepted once payment has been made. Payments can be made online or over the phone, please email your application form to and the office team will assist you.

Submissions will be accepted in February, May, August and November and will be processed in line with the submission timeframe guidelines published below. To submit your portfolio, please request a file transfer link from the faculty office The faculty can only accept applications submitted in electronic formats to the specifications outlined in the regulations. 

Please note that the use of DropBox or other non-RCSEd file-sharing platforms is not permissible.

Applicants must ensure that their submission is aligned to all of the current Regulations for the issue of a Certificate of FIMC Eligibility.


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