Preparing for the Diploma
First, download and read the Diploma’s training requirements. Please ensure that you do not start the Diploma until you have the necessary knowledge and skills.
Personal beliefs guidance:
At the time of application for your FSRH qualification, you need to confirm you have read the 6 principles of care as outlined in the “Guidance for those undertaking or recertifying FSRH qualifications whose personal beliefs conflict with the provision of abortion or any method of contraception” and agree to abide by them in practice. It is, therefore, important to have read this document prior to commencing training.
The Online Knowledge Assessment (eKA in SRH)
We recommend reading our eKA FAQs which may help if you have specific queries. Read more about the eKA in full.
The eKA takes 1 hour 45 minutes and must be completed in a single sitting. There is a £75 fee for each attempt. Once you pass, you will receive a downloadable PDF Pass Certificate which you must keep for the next step. Click here to go to the eKA.
Optional additional learning - e-learning for healthcare
Please note that there is a free and optional e-learning package (e-SRH) which may help you to refresh your clinical knowledge as you prepare for the eKA. It contains interactive learning modules on a variety of topics, e.g. STI testing. Each module lasts around 20 minutes; the entire course should take around 30 hours. To use it, please register with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).
After passing the eKA, click here to log in and apply online for your FSRH Diploma e-portfolio via My FSRH. You need this before moving onto the Course of 5.
The Course of 5
The Course of 5 (C5) involves five hour-long workshops and includes nine Diploma assessments. Failure in three or more assessments constitutes failure overall, requiring you to retake the entire course. The C5 can be run in individual sessions, or in its entirety as a one day course. It is delivered to groups of up to four trainees, giving you the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.
Visit our Events pages to see when C5 workshops are taking place. You can search by region and event type to find a Course of 5 that suits your schedule and location. We recommend reading our guidelines and checklist before booking your place. Before beginning the C5 itself, please complete the entry requirement forms in your e-portfolio.
View the Course of 5 trainee guidelines.
Clinical experience & assessment
Trainees are assessed in seven topic areas, mostly from direct observation of consultations, but also discussion of observations that your trainer may not have witnessed. Your clinical experience & assessment must be done through a Faculty-recognised General Training Programme and we recommend that you start it within six months of passing the C5. You can find full details of Faculty-recognised General Training Programmes by logging in and then accessing our Find a Trainer webpage. You will be able to search by training type and location.
Read the relevant guidelines for trainees on Clinical Assessment.
Once you have passed every stage of your training, you can apply for your FSRH Diploma. To do this, login to ‘My FSRH’ and then follow the steps to complete the following items:
1. Complete the online evaluation for the Course of 5
2. Complete the online evaluation for the Clinical Experience & Assessment
3. Complete the online Diploma application form
4. Send this along with the final summative assessment form from your e-portfolio.
Please note: FSRH Diplomas are awarded on a rolling basis, and must be awarded within 12 months of completing the training programme. We therefore recommend that you apply for your Diploma as soon as possible after passing your training.
Associated fees and costs
- eKA – £75 per sitting
- ePortfolio – £50
- Course of 5 – costs are set locally – view our events page for more details.
- Clinical Training - costs are set locally.
- FSRH Diploma (for both DFSRH and NDFSRH) application fee – £179 (£80 one-off registration fee plus an annual membership subscription fee of £99 for applications made January – June, or £50 for applications made July – November 2017.) The membership fee of £99 is then required to be paid annually from the following year.
To begin your Diploma qualification, please either Register with FSRH or log into 'My FSRH'.
General Training Terminology
If you have questions regarding applying for the Diploma, please contact the Certification Officer by phone on: +44(0)20 7724 5647 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, any eKA queries should be directed to the Exams Officer by phone on: +44(0) 7724 5629 or by email to email@example.com.