Membership categories

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the UK, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.

If you are interested in applying for membership, please complete the online submission form which will help us determine what membership category is best for you and we will then send you an application form.

Alternatively, please contact the Membership team on 020 7092 1700 or membership@rcoa.ac.uk. Full details of the membership categories available can be found in the College Regulations.

Category Who is this category for? Benefits
Fellow by Examination An individual who has passed the FRCA Exam and completed the anaesthetic training programme. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Associate Fellow Medical practitioners practising anaesthesia in the UK in a substantive or honorary consultant post at the time of application. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Member Registered medical practitioners who have passed the Primary FRCA examination or any other examination that Council consider to be sufficient for the purpose of membership [see Regulation (6)(1)] and have completed 12 months of anaesthetic training in the UK. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Associate Member Individual working in anaesthesia, critical care or pain medicine. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Foundation Years Doctor Current foundation doctors in years 1 and 2. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Medical Student Undergraduate students studying medicine. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Honorary Fellow Individuals who are distinguished lay persons or medical practitioners of international repute, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of anaesthesia, critical care or pain management.  Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Fellow ad Eundem Medical practitioners practising anaesthesia in the UK in a substantive consultant post, who have been elected as fellows by College Council for furthering the interests of the College. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Fellow in Training An individual who has passed the FRCA Exam but has not yet completed the anaesthetic training programme. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Anaesthetist in Training All anaesthetists in training are required to be registered with the College. Please complete a trainee registration form which is available here. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Senior Fellows and Members Club (SFMC) Fellows and members who have come to the end of a career in substantive employment. Further details about the SFMC can be found here. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category
Affiliates Non-registered medical practitioners in anaesthesia, critical care, pain medicine or perioperative medicine but being involved in or have interest in the development or delivery of anaesthesia, critical care, pain medicine or perioperative medicine. Click here for more information on the benefits of this category

NOTE: Associate Member has replaced the Voluntary Register category.

On 16 March 1992, Her Majesty The Queen granted a Charter to the College, conferring the rights to use the title ‘Royal’. Please refer to the College Regulations and College Ordinances to see how we are the body responsible for ensuring the highest quality of anaesthetic practice in the United Kingdom.

The Charter itself sets out the aims and powers of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and establishes its basic constitution. The Ordinances, which are scheduled to the Charter, lay down more detailed rules governing the way in which the College functions and runs its activities.