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

Trial Exam Dates Exam Dates Times Venue
 21 Feb 2023 28 Feb 2023 09:00-12:00 Online
27 Sep 2023 4 October 2023 09:00-12:00 Online


Application Opening Date Application Closing Date Exam Date Venue
 12 Dec 2022 31 Jan 2023 28 Feb 2023 Online
19 June 2023 4 Sep 2023 4 October 2023 Online




Statement regarding new examination regulations


There will be 12 months notice to the changes in eligibility outlined in the new regulations published in Dec 2022. These will be implemented from Dec 2023.

Apply Online

To apply the applicant must have 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.

Step 1:

Check if you are eligible to sit exam. Please read the full Examinations Regulations.(pdf)

Step 2:

Step 3:

Applications Closed

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

Examinations Contact: Rachael Kilcoyne,

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.