Number of attempts and validity period of examination passes
From 1 June 2013 the following regulatory changes will take effect regarding the MFPH examinations:
No candidate will normally be permitted more than six attempts at either the Part A or Part B examination without providing evidence of additional educational experience. For Part A, the attempt limit will apply irrespective of whether a candidate has banked a paper or not.
Once the Part A examination has been passed, no candidate will be permitted more than seven years to pass the Part B examination. The seven-year validity period will be calculated from the date that a candidate passes the Part A examination. Should a candidate fail to achieve a Part B pass within the seven-year limit, they will be required to take the Part A again.
Candidates withdrawing or who are absent from an examination will not have that attempt counted.
Any examination pass achieved prior to or while on a break from the training scheme will only be considered valid for CCT as long as the candidate enters or re-enters the training programme within seven years of passing the examination.
Candidates applying for an additional attempt over and above the limit of six will need to complete an additional attempt form and submit this with the standard application form for the seventh or any subsequent attempt at any of the MFPH examinations. This form can be found on the FPH website on the pages dealing with the application procedure for the Part A and B examinations.
Guidance for completing the form, including details regarding the expectations of the additional experience, are also available on the FPH website on the pages dealing with the application procedure for the Part A and B examinations.