Medically qualified candidates are required to have trained in a recognised Regional Specialist Training Programme in microbiology or virology for a period of normally not less than 12 months.
Non-medically qualified candidates are required to have trained in a recognised training programme in microbiology for a period of normally not less than 12 months. In addition, they must be state registered, or the equivalent of state registered in another country.
To act as early assessment of the trainee’s knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of medical microbiology, virology and infectious diseases.
Multiple-choice; 125 single best answer questions, designed to test both knowledge and understanding.
The examination will test core knowledge in medical microbiology/virology and in particular the scientific basis of virology/microbiology and infection. The medical microbiology and virology curriculum is available on the Training and Education section of the College website.
Standards and marking
Objective multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination (single three-hour paper) with computerised marking.
One-best-answer and extended-matching question formats.
Experienced group of examiners involved in standard setting and curriculum mapping.
The pass mark is set by an objective procedure by the Panel of Examiners (individual question review to create minimum standard).
Examination review is biannual.