Dear Member,

We are upgrading our online system to give you more access to your information.

To enable the changeover to the new system, we will be out of action from Tuesday 2nd August until Monday 15th August, 2022.

Please contact the college on 01 2650600 if you need assistance.


Fellowship CAI – Written

The Fellowship of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (FCAI) Written examination is an internationally recognised high stakes assessment of anaesthetists in training knowledge. The Fellowship examination is a national test of knowledge as laid out in the FCAI examination syllabus agreed with the Irish Medical Council. The examination is embedded within the curriculum outcomes and specialty anaesthetic trainees will not progress to SAT6 without possession of this qualification.

Key Dates



CAI statement regarding in person examinations

The Examinations Committee and Council of the College have agreed the following;

The MCAI MCQ and FCAI written examinations will continue to be delivered online.

The MCAI OSCE/SOE and the FCAI Clinical examination will return to in person format in Autumn 2022 in Dublin.  We hope that International centres will return in 2023. If an in person examination needs to be cancelled and replaced with online delivery, at least 2 months notice will be given to candidates.

Apply for Examination

Applicant has completed 36 months in the practice of anaesthesia / anaesthesiology. Additionally, where the applicant is on the Irish National Anaesthesiology Training Programme, they must have completed 36 months within the training programme.

Note: The application system will be closed for maintenance from 5pm Tuesday, 2nd August to 9am Wednesday 10th August.

Prepare for Examination

Reading Materials Here we have compiled a number of resources trainees have found useful for the MCAI. We hope this helps a little with your initial preparation for exams: Books

  • BMJ Education (formerly CEACCP) – **ESSENTIAL**
  • Dr Podcast Scripts for the Final FRCA – Leslie, Johnson
  • Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Anaesthetists: Key Concepts for the FRCA – Cross, Plunkett
  • Yao & Artusio’s Anesthesiology, by Fun-Sun F Yao
  • Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia, Fourth Edition, by Brian Pollard
  • Smith and Aitkenhead’s textbook of Anaesthesia, 7e, by Jonathan Thompson, Iain Moppett et al


  • Q Base Anaesthesia Series 
  • SAQs for the Final FRCA – Shorthouse **Highly Recommended**
  • Short Answer Questions in Anaesthesia –  Bricker
  • SBA and MCQ’s for the Final FRCA Rakesh Tandon – Oxford Specialty Training
  • The Final FRCA Short Answer Questions: A Practical Study Guide, by Elizabeth Combeer
  • SBAS For the Final FRCA, by Caroline Whymark
  • SAQs for the Final FRCA, by James R. Shorthouse, Graham Barker, Carl Waldmann
  • Final FRCA: 300 SBAs, By Kariem El-Boghdadly, Imran Ahmad

Websites – useful ICU resource – useful ICU resource – useful ICU resource Question Banks

Examinations Contact: Mark O’Rourke,

FAQ’s / Application Process

  1. Your bank card details
  2. Your digital passport sized photo (jpg)
  3. Signed Head of Dept reference (pdf)
  4. Exempting qualification cert (pdf) (Candidate with MCAI do not need this)

There are 6 attempts at this component of the exams.

No. There is no electronic equipment allowed on your person.

No. You must bring your own food or refreshments to the exam.

You will need to bring photo ID, your invitation letter and pens for the SAQ component. Pencils are provided for the MCQ & SBA papers.