This certificate is awarded by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB). This is a self-funding statutory body independent of the government and the Royal Colleges of the various medical specialties.
PMETB took on its role on 30th September 2005. Prior to this date, hospital doctors' training was assessed and deemed to be complete by the Specialist Training Authority (STA), which was formed by the combined Royal Colleges. The STA awarded a certificate called a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training, or CCST. Currently these two certificates are considered equivalent; however, PMETB has the authority to change the requirements for acquisition of a CCT so that in future they would not be regarded as equivalent.
A critique of the specialty certificate examinations of the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK
Apr 01, 2010; ABSTRACT - The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK has developed a programme to deliver specialty certificate...
One-Third of Doctors Completing Specialist Training in Diabetes Fail to Secure a Substantive Consultant Post: Young Diabetologists' Forum Survey 2010
Jun 01, 2012; ABSTRACT - Reports have highlighted a shortage of consultant diabetologist posts in the UK. The number of doctors completing...