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International English Language Testing System

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IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

NOTE:  The IELTS requirements listed below only apply to Public Hospitals (HSE). These requirements are not mandatory for Private Hospitals.

It is particularly important in the medical field that communication is effective and not misinterpreted.  In the current global market with doctors relocating from foreign countries, this can lead to a requirement for language testing.  In Ireland, all categories of NCHDs must demonstrate “effective communication skills” in English to work in public HSE hospitals.  This applies equally to Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors or Registrars, Trainees or Interns, unless registered with the IMC before 2015.

If their undergraduate medical training was completed in Ireland, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or US they are exempt from IELTS.  Medical practitioners who did not complete their training in these countries must undertake IELTS academic test.  This also applies for individuals from other EU countries.


IELTS requirements:

Individuals must obtain an overall score of 7.0 on the academic test with a minimum of 6.5 each, in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  The test certificate submitted must be no more than 2 years old.  It is possible to re-sit the test as many times as necessary but scores cannot be combined.

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