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National Recruitment Office (NRO) Certification Testing


National Recruitment Office (NRO) Assessments

NRO assessments are designed to assess applicants with the required level of competence for joining the NHS postgraduate medical training programme or scheme they have applied to. The assessments provide scenarios in the workplace for applicants to demonstrate their judgement about the most appropriate behaviours in that context and, scenarios that test how applicants apply their clinical knowledge to make clinical decisions.

Scheduling an exam

Registration and scheduling

Scheduling a NRO assessment with Pearson VUE starts with registration on this site by creating a NRO specific Pearson VUE account. Once the window for applications has closed, applicants will receive correspondence from their recruitment lead containing specific account credentials and instructions that will enable them to register with an account. Upon the subsequent completion of essential eligibility checks, applicants will receive an invite correspondence from their recruitment lead confirming authorisation to the sit the relevant exam and instructions on how to schedule it.


You can change a scheduled booking, if necessary, by simply rescheduling. If you book a place but decide not to attend, you must cancel your booking at least 24 hours before the assessment is due to be delivered.

If you require any special adjustments to the assessment (wheelchair access or extra time for example), please contact the recruitment lead for your specialty directly before you schedule a place so that we can ensure your needs can be accommodated at your chosen test centre.

Last updated 2020-12-01