How to apply for a specialist registration with the HPCSA

Below are the overview of the process based on How to apply for a specialist registration with the HPCSA:

  1. Qualification: Ensure you have the necessary qualifications to apply for specialist registration in your chosen field. Different specializations may have specific requirements for qualifications and training, so make sure you meet the criteria for the specialty you wish to pursue.
  2. Experience: Gain the required clinical experience in your chosen specialty. This typically involves working under supervision in a recognized training program or hospital setting.
  3. HPCSA Registration as a Medical Practitioner: Before applying for specialist registration, you must be registered with the HPCSA as a medical practitioner in South Africa. If you haven’t already done so, you need to apply for general registration first.
  4. Training Completion: Complete your specialist training program. This could be a structured training program or an accredited postgraduate degree in your chosen specialization.
  5. Preparation of Documents: Gather all the necessary documents for your application. The specific documents required may vary depending on your specialization, but common documents include:
    • Certified copies of your academic qualifications and degrees.
    • Proof of completion of specialist training or postgraduate degree.
    • Proof of clinical experience in the relevant specialty.
    • Identity documents or passport.
    • Professional indemnity insurance certificate (if applicable).
    • A completed application form (which can be obtained from the HPCSA website).
  6. Application Submission: Submit your completed application and all supporting documents to the HPCSA. Ensure that your application is complete and accurate to avoid delays in processing.
  7. Evaluation and Assessment: The HPCSA will evaluate your application and documents to ensure you meet the requirements for specialist registration. This process may take some time, so be patient.
  8. Payment of Fees: There will be application fees and registration fees associated with the process. Make sure to pay these fees as required by the HPCSA.
  9. Notification of Outcome: Once your application has been processed, the HPCSA will notify you of the outcome. If your application is successful, you will be granted specialist registration.
  10. Maintaining Registration: After obtaining specialist registration, you will be required to maintain your registration by adhering to the HPCSA’s rules and regulations, which may include continuing professional development (CPD) requirements and periodic re-registration.