How to become an Appraiser

This page provides information on how to become an Appraiser in a secondary care setting. The Revalidation Support Unit runs the Appraiser Skills Training Course which will give you the skills required to become a successful Appraiser. It will cover your professional responsibilities, how to prepare for the appraisal, managing the discussion, how to give constructive feedback, revalidation requirements and dealing with difficult situations. In order to fully complete the course you must also complete MARS Appraiser Training. Information on this can be found at the bottom of the page.

The Appraiser Skills Training Course consists of a full day workshop with online learning to be completed before attending the session. The online learning is known as Medical Online Appraiser Training (MOAT). The courses are held in Cardiff and North Wales as and when required. 

The objectives of the course are:

  • To develop an understanding of the purpose of appraisal and its relationship with other processes including revalidation and clinical governance
  • To review the professional responsibilities of the appraiser and the skills required to facilitate the appraisal process
  • To practice the role of the appraiser; including preparing and writing the appraisal summary
  • To share good practice in relation to facilitating the appraisal discussion
  • To discuss the role of the appraiser in regards to revalidation
  • To discuss management of tricky situations

If you would like to book onto the Appraiser Skills Training Course please contact for a booking form. Before attending the session you are advised to read a document on the ethos of appraisal and GMC Good Medical Practice for Appraisal & Supporting Information guidance.

N.B. Some Health Boards now provide the Appraiser Skills Training Course. For clarification on whether your Health Board provide training, please contact your local Revalidation Manager.

MARS Appraiser Training

The course provides an overview of the functions of MARS for appraisers. The training lasts for approximately 1 hour including a demonstration of MARS and time for Q&A at the end. The training is delivered via OnSync webinar software and can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection and sound (headphones or speakers).

OnSync can be used on tablets and mobile devices by downloading a free app. It is led by members of the Revalidation Support Team (RSU) including the Revalidation & Quality Officer, Online Resources Manager, and Online Resources Officer .

Before attending a session, ALL attendees must watch the Appraisee Training video. This outlines the functionality for the Appraisee role on MARS. Click here to access the video.

The appraisee role will NOT be covered during the training session and it is therefore essential that you have viewed the video tutorial before attending.

What you will learn:

  • Appraiser role tasks
  • Completing the appraisal process
  • Feedback and questions

If you would like to book onto the MARS Appraiser Training please contact for a booking form.

Will you be delivering MARS Training in your organisation? At the end of the training, those delivering this training within their organisation are given a USB stick containing all the hand-outs and information used, a programme plan including the steps followed to deliver the training, and copies of the latest appraiser and appraisee guides.