Tier 3 Educator - GP Trainer - Training Pathway



A Tier 3 Educator in General Practice (also known as a GP Trainer) can provide both Clinical and Educational Supervision to Foundation Doctors and GP Trainees at all stages of training. 

Tier 3 approval also enables a GP Educator to provide Clinical Supervision in Out-of-Hours settings. 

There are different routes to initial approval - depending on whether the applicant has completed a PGCert in Medical Education or is already a Tier 2 Educator. 

Route A below details the process for a new starter.

Route B is the process for an applicant already holding a PGCert.

Route C details the conversion process for an existing Tier 2 Educator. 


A1. E-learning

The first stage in becoming approved as a Tier 3 educator is completion of a series of e-learning modules. 

A list of the required modules and links to them can be found here. 

Please note - you will be required to submit evidence of completion and reflect on your personal learning points as part of your approval form so would be advised to keep records as you complete the modules. 

A2. Higher Educational Institute (HEI) Training Days

Once the e-learning is complete you will need to attend Tier 3 learning day(s) at one of the regions Higher Education Institutes. These events help you learn about the key ideas underpinning clinical education. 

A list of the courses and application details can be found here. 

Again, please keep records of your learning and reflection - they will help you to complete the application form. 

A3. Health Education England (HEE) Hub Training Days

To help you put theory into real world practice you will then need to attend one of the Health Education England contact days - held at one of the training hubs across the region. 

Details of these days and booking can be found here. 

A4. GP School Specific Training Days

And then to learn about the specifics of supervising a GP trainee including using the GP ePortfolio you will attend a GP School specific training day - the details of which will appear on the courses page here. 

B. Following a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education

Those seeking to become a Tier 3 educator who have already completed a PGCert in Medical Education then need to complete the appropriate Tier 3 GP School training day - details available here. 

C. Converting from a Tier 2 to Tier 3 educator (Associate Trainer to Trainer)

Tier 2 educators converting to become Tier 3 educators (without a PGCert) need to go through the 4 steps (A1-4) outlined above - but at each step are only required to undertake the additional learning for Tier 3 (repetition of Tier 2 sections are not required). 

Applying for Approval/Reapproval

Once you have completed the steps above then you are ready to apply - details about the application form and process can be found here. 

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