Test of Competence

Chiropractors wishing to practise in the UK but who hold a chiropractic qualifications achieved outside the EU are required to pass our Test of Competence (TOC) before they can apply to register and practise in the UK.

To pass the TOC you must demonstrate to a panel of chiropractors that you meet the standards set out in The Code : Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for chiropractors and that you will be able to practise safely in the UK.

We run four TOC interviews each year.

The Timetable for TOC Interviews in 2019 is

 TOC Interview Date Closing Date for Applications
Thursday 24th January 2019  CLOSED
Thursday 14th March 2019  Friday 1st February 2019       (5 PM UK time)
Thursday 20th June 2019  Friday 10th May 2019            (5 PM UK time)
Thursday 19th September 2019  Friday 9th August 2019         (5 PM UK time)


You should carefully consider which interview date to apply for. We advise you to apply well before the closing date as places on each interview date are limited and places often fill up before then. Also, previous candidates have reported that it can take some time to both collate all of the documentation that is required and to prepare themselves for the interview.


To help people taking the TOC, we have prepared a guide for you read before applying and then regularly refer to during the application process. You can find it here.

If you helping someone take the TOC, you can find information on how you can help here.

If you plan to apply for the TOC, you should read the following sections carefully:                         


How to Apply

Find out how to apply, how you should prepare for the TOC and what you should do before you apply to take it.


At the TOC Interview

Find out more about the interview


After the TOC

How you get your result


Useful information            

Find out about useful courses and modules and read about the experiences of past candidates here

Guide for TOC Applicants

Guide for Employers

TOC Statistics

Patient Record Issues

Frequently Asked Questions


Become a TOC assessor

Find out how to become a TOC assessor


What is expected of a chiropractor in the UK?

See our guidance (FAQs) for chiropractors new to UK practice