General Practitioner Certificate in Ophthalmology


The Improve International GPCert(Ophthal) modular training programme has been accredited by ESVPS as being a suitable education programme based on the course content and the calibre of the tutors delivering the taught course.

Candidates are required to study all areas of the course syllabus, which comprises taught and non-taught areas. Full details of the course syllabus will be available from Improve International on registration.

The GPCert(Ophthal) qualification has been validated by Harper Adams University(HAU) and candidates have the option of completing the GPCert and PgC in Small Animal Ophthalmology, which carries 60 credits at a M Level 7. These credits can be used towards a higher qualification such as a Masters Degree.

The PgC in Small Animal Ophthalmology award is eligible for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status.

Past GPCert(Ophthal) holders:  There is a route available to ‘upgrade’ your existing award to a PgC.  Please contact the ESVPS office for further details.


To achieve the General Practitioner Certificate in Ophthalmology, awarded by ESVPS, candidates are required to—

  • Complete the modular training programme
  • Complete the pre-and post-module questions
  • Complete 2 x formative practical assessments
  • Submit 5 x 500-1,000 word case studies
  • Submit 1 x 2,250-2,500 case report
  • Sit a 50 question examination (multiple choice)

Candidates will also be required to complete the following additional study:

  • Further reading on the taught subjects
  • Additional study of the non-taught areas of the course syllabus.

The GPCert is an entry requirement for the 60 academic credit Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), awarded by Harper Adams University. To achieve the PgC, candidates are required to:

  • Undertake the General Practitioner Certificate (including all requirements listed above)
  • Submit 15 x 100-word case logs (comprising the ‘case diary’) and a 500-word reflective essay (based on the case diary) to Harper Adams University
  • Undertake the 20-credit ‘Advanced Practitioner’ module via Harper Adams University

On successful attainment of the GPCert(Ophthal) candidates will be awarded with a personalised certificate and their name will be included in the ESVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?
Following course completion, candidates have up to four years to satisfy ESVPS assessment requirements and obtain the GPCert.

What if I am not successful in passing one of the components of the examination?
Candidates are required to pass all components of the examination to gain the GPCert(Ophthal) qualification.  Candidates who fail their case report will be given clear indications where they were unsuccessful and guidelines on how to complete their case report to the required standard. Candidates who are unsuccessful in the final examination will be given a breakdown of the areas they were weakest in and additional study recommended.  There is a nominal fee to re-sit the final examination.

How do I get started?
Please contact us via email and we will send you a link to register.


Please contact ESVPS for information on fees.

Examination and Submission Dates

2019 Examination Candidates:

  • Case diary and reflective essay submission date – 6th December 2018
  • Case studies submission date – 31st January 2019
  • Case report submission date – 28th February 2019
  • Final Examination – 8th May 2019

2020 Examination Candidates:

  • 5 x case studies: 28th November 2019
  • Case report: 30th January 2020
  • Case diary & reflective essay: 27th February 2020
  • Examination: 15th May 2020

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