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Investing in Occupational Health is fundamental if we want to improve the health of the UK population.  The majority of adults spend a significant amount of time in work and this presents an opportunity to influence people’s health for the better.

The Diploma in Occupational Medicine is designed for medical practitioners who are working part-time in occupational medicine or who have an interest in occupational medicine.  It is most frequently taken by general practitioners who often add to their practice portfolio by providing occupational health services to local companies.

General practitioners (GPs) are normally an employee’s first port of call when they are unable to go to work because of illness or when they think they may have a work-related illness.

Recognising the important part that GPs can play in helping people to stay in work or get back to work, FOM is keen to support GPs by offering qualifications, guidance and education.

Information about the format of the examination can be found in the DOccMed Regulations.

Examination fees

Approved course centres

Candidates are required to attend a FOM approved DOccMed training course before applying for the examination.  Please contact the training centres directly using the information in the table below.

Location Contact Telephone Email
University of Manchester CPD Team 0161 275 5521
Healthwork Ltd, Manchester Kadie Mannion 0161 831 9701
Royal Society for Public Health, London Meghan Cordery 020 7265 7314
TOPHS Ltd, Nottingham Jo Dodsworth 0115 837 3650

2021 Dates for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine are:

Monday, 8th November 2021 (MCQ) – Online Exam

Tuesday, 9th November 2021 (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Wednesday, 10th November 2021 (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Registration for this exam is now closed.

Further guidance for the MCQ exam can be downloaded here.

Further guidance relating to the Viva examination can be downloaded here.

2022 Dates for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine are:

Monday, 9th May 2022 (MCQ) – Online Exam

Tuesday, 10th May 2022 (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Wednesday, 11th May 2022 (Oral/Viva) – Online Exam

Registration for the May 2022 exams will open at 9.00am on Monday 24th January 2022 and close at 5.00pm on Monday 14th March 2022. Please note that there are limited spaces for these exams and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Only complete applications will be booked successfully.

Please note:  Due to the ongoing need to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, we have changed the ways in which our examinations are organised. All Diploma exams for the foreseeable future are scheduled to take place online. The MCQ examinations will be held in partnership with TestReach. Oral/Viva examinations will be held via MS Teams.

If you would like to enter into this examination, please log in to the members’ area and follow the ‘Exams’ link.   If you are applying for the Portfolio Examination please ensure you are using the current template. Ensure the application is complete and apply early during the booking period. If places fill-up still apply online as we do our best to meet demand. A ‘waiting list’ allocates places in order of application. Please note that if an examination is not available on the list it means that applications are not open at this time.