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guiding the professions

For Professionals

The Council regulates the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Professional Boards

Education & Training


The Subcommittee for Postgraduate Education and Training (Medical) under the ambit of the Health Professions Council of South Africa notifies the registrars who commenced training on 1 January 2011 and wish to register as specialists to comply with specific requirements.
The requirements entail submitting the following:
  • Evidence of integrated assessment during training is required for registration as a specialist in South Africa.
  • Completion of a national curriculum and national professional examinations of exit level outcomes 1 and 2 is required for registration in South Africa.
  • Completion of a research component is a requirement for registration as a specialist in South Africa
Application for registration of Specialist Medical Practitioners:
Closing Date for ApplicationsPostgraduate Education Training for Medical  (PETM) MeetingNext Postgraduate Education Training for Medical  (PETM) MeetingClosing Date for Applications
06 June 2018 16 August 2018. 13 November 2018

19 February 2019

05 October 2018
11 January 2019
Please take note that non-Compliant and late applications will not be considered.
Amended regulations relating to the Specialties and Subspecialties in Medicine and Dentistry which was promulgated by the Minister of Health on 16 March 2018 for comments.
The Minister will submit the comments made by stakeholders to the Board once the period for comments have been closed.
Regulations Relating to the Specialities & Subspecialities in Medicine & Dentistry: Amendment View document

List of Approved facilities
Community Service - Dentists year 2014 View document
Community Service - Medical practitioners year 2014 View document
Medical & Dental
The Quick Reference Guide for registrations would assist the applicant who wishes to know the educational and training requirements that need to be obtained before applying for registration.
The following Institutions offer education and training in the Medical and Dental professions:
      • University of the Witwatersrand
      • University of KwaZulu Natal
      • University of Stellenbosch
      • University of Pretoria
      • Univerisity of Cape Town
      • Sefako Mkgatho Health Sciences University
      • Walter Sisulu University
      • University of the Free State
      • University of the Western Cape
For Teaching Departments/Facilities
Spec 1D Definition of and criteria for the recognition of teaching departments/facilities for the purpose of specialist education and training in Dentistry
Spec 3D Application for approval of or an increase in the number of Registrar posts allocated to an academic teaching department/faculty or to a satellite hospital/department/facility of a faculty/school of dentistry/health sciences at a South African university
Intern training for Medical Scientists has to take place at an HPCSA accredited Training Facility.
Interns Training Facility - Medical Scientists  View document
Accreditation of facilities
Process to apply for accreditation (Document MSC B) View document( MSC B)
Application for accreditation to train interns:
Medical Biological Science (Form C1) View document
Genetic Counsellig (Form C2) View document
Medical Physics (Form C3) View document
Self Assessment Forms for training facilities:
Medical Biological Science (Form D1) View document
Genetic Counsellig (Form D2) View document
Medical Physics (Form D3 ) View document

Intern Training

General guidelines
Portfolio Assessment
Foreign Qualified practitioners – postgraduate training (supernumerary training)
By virtue of your registration in terms of Regulation 2(4) of Government Notice R1203 of 28 November 2000 promulgated in terms of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No 56 of 1974) you may only engage in postgraduate study and/or research in medicine or dentistry in South Africa as the holder of an appointment which is of a temporary and supernumerary nature as part of your contract with the University or institution as indicated on your registration certificate.
Please note that your registration in terms of regulation 2(4) is for the appointment in a supernumerary post for a period of twelve months only.This period could be extended upon application and with full motivation from the Dean of the Faculty or Head of the institution for further periods of not more than twelve months per application to a maximum of five years. An application for the extension of your registration should be submitted at least three months prior to the expiry date.

It should further be noted that you may not be appointed in a registrar post and the education and training will not be recognized for registration as a specialist in South Africa.


Undergraduate Education and Training
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    to view Core competencies for undergraduate students in clinical associate, dentistry and medical teaching and learning programmes in South Africa.