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Examinations 

The College of Anaesthetists of Ireland offer College examinations to doctors from all over the world, who are training to become anaesthetists.  We deliver Membership and Fellowship examinations in anaesthesia. In addition we offer doctors exams in Pain Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine.

Contact

Please contact the examinations department at exams@coa.ie for further information on the following:

  • Exam applications
  • Administration of examinations
  • Examination revision courses
  • Verifications
  • Official release of results
  • Conferring ceremonies

Candidates  are advised to familiarise themselves with the structure, content and requirements of their exam before contacting the examinations department, all of which are available on the website

Deferrals

In exceptional circumstances a transfer request may be granted, if there is a serious medical condition that prevents the candidate sitting the examination and the request reaches the Exams Office no later than 2 weeks prior to the first date of the exam.  Transfer requests received after that date will not be entertained.

Transfer requests due to visa difficulties and/or postal delays will not be entertained.

Transfer requests must be addressed to the Examinations Office, and must enclose supporting documentation and the administrative fee.  A request will be rejected in the absence of the administrative fee or supporting documentation, otherwise the request will be tabled for the next meeting of the Examinations Committee.

If the transfer request is granted, the administrative fee will be processed and the candidate will immediately be withdrawn from the current exam, transferred to the next exam, and notified by telephone and/or email within 3 working days.  The candidate will then incur a further charge if there is an exam fee increase in the next exam.If the transfer request is not granted, the administrative fee will be returned and the candidate will be given the option of remaining on the current exam in order to attempt it, or withdrawing from the current exam.  The Exams Office will seek the candidate’s decision immediately.

Withdrawals

A withdrawal request submitted to the Examinations Office before the closing date of applications is entitled to a refund of the exam fee, minus an administrative charge, which is automatically deducted from the refund.

A withdrawal request submitted after the closing date of applications is not entitled to any refund.

Administrative Charges

The standard administrative charge that applies to all withdrawals and to successful transfers is €130.

Waiting Lists

Candidates who remain on a waiting list and do not receive an exam place are not automatically transferred to the next sitting.  Their applications are returned and they must apply afresh.

Withdrawal from a waiting list does not invoke a refund process.  The payment is simply returned with the application form.

Cancellation Policy

Please download and read our Cancellation Policy (pdf).