Apply to start Advanced Training

What is Advanced Training?

Advanced Training builds on the knowledge and skills gained during your previous specialist training to equip you to practise as a Physician in Australia or New Zealand. Advanced Trainees complete their training in one of 33 diverse medical specialties across different Divisions, Chapters and Faculties of the RACP.

After completing Advanced Training, you will be eligible to practise as a qualified specialist in Australia or New Zealand.

Find out more about the Advanced Training programs available.

When are applications due to start Advanced Training?

Find out when applications open and close for Advanced Training.

Applying for Advanced Training

Division, Chapter and Faculty training programs have different eligibility criteria and processes to apply to start Advanced Training. Before you apply, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for your Advanced Training program.

Division Advanced Training programs

The RACP offers Division Advanced Training programs in 27 diverse specialties. See the full list of Division Advanced Training programs.

Chapter Advanced Training programs

The RACP offers three Chapter Advanced Training programs in Addiction Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Sexual Health Medicine.

Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine

The Clinical Diploma of Palliative Medicine provides medical practitioners with the opportunity to spend time in palliative care as part of their vocational training and continuing professional development.

The Diploma consists of a 6-month clinical attachment supervised by a Palliative Medicine Physician with FAChPM.

Faculty Advanced Training programs

The RACP offers four Faculty Advanced Training programs in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Public Health Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine (general) or Rehabilitation Medicine (Paediatrics).

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Public Health Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine (general)

Rehabilitation Medicine (Paediatrics)

Applying for a Division Advanced Training program

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for a Division Advanced Training program, a trainee must:

  • Satisfactorily complete Basic Training
  • Successfully complete the Division Written Examination and Clinical Examination
  • Secure an accredited Advanced Training position with an accredited training site

How to apply

Australia

Apply online to start Advanced Training in a Division training program in Australia.

Use the checklist for Advanced Training applicants and steps to apply online for Advanced Training to ensure you have met all eligibility requirements and understand the application process.

New Zealand

Advanced Trainees in New Zealand complete a paper-based application to ​start Advanced Training in a Division Training program. Application forms are available on each Advanced Training program page.

Use the checklist for Advanced Training applicants to ensure that you have met all eligibility requirements and understand the application process.

Applying for a Chapter Advanced Training program (Addiction Medicine, Palliative Medicine or Sexual Health Medicine)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for a Chapter Advanced Training program, a trainee must:

* For more detail about compatible Fellowships, see the handbook on your specialty's Advanced Training Program page.

How to apply

Australia

Apply online to start Advanced Training in a Chapter training program in Australia.

Use the checklist for Advanced Training applicants and steps to apply online for Advanced Training to ensure you have met all eligibility requirements and understand the application process.

New Zealand

Advanced Trainees in New Zealand complete a paper-based application to ​start Advanced Training in a Chapter Training program. Application forms are available on each Advanced Training program page.

Use the checklist for Advanced Training applicants to ensure that you have met all eligibility requirements and understand the application process.

Applying for the Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for the Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine training program, a trainee must:

  • Have completed an approved undergraduate Medical Degree (e.g. MBBS, MBChB)
  • Have a current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • Secure an accredited Advanced Training position with an accredited training sites

How to apply

A trainee must apply for approval of Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine training from the Palliative Medicine Education Committee (PMEC).

Complete the:

Email your form to PallMedDiploma@racp.edu.au

Applying for training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to enter Stage A of the OEM training program, a trainee must:

  1. Have general medical registration
    Applicants in Australia must have general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Applicants in New Zealand must have medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).
  2. Complete at least two years of full-time postgraduate general clinical experience.
  3. Have applied for or completed an appropriate postgraduate course at diploma level or above in occupational and environmental health
    Applicants must have applied for or completed an appropriate postgraduate course at diploma level or above in occupational and environmental health or a related field deemed appropriate by the Faculty Education Committee.
  4. Be employed in a training position with twenty hours (on average) of OEM practice per week
    Applicants need to be employed in a training position that requires on average and no less than twenty hours of occupational and environmental medicine practice per week (See the guidance for prospective trainees about OEM work suited to the training program.
  5. Secure an AFOEM Fellow as their Educational Supervisor
    Applicants must
    • have reached an agreement with an AFOEM Fellow to be their Educational Supervisor, and have had this approved by the relevant regional Training Program Director (TPD)
  6. Have not been involuntarily discontinued because of failure to progress from any RACP training program

How to apply

To apply to start the OEM training program:

  1. Contact the Regional Training Program Director (TPD) in your state / region for an initial assessment of your suitability
  2. Complete the:
  3. Have your Regional TPD sight and endorse your application
  4. Submit your complete and endorsed application to OccEnvMed@racp.edu.au
  5. The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) will advise you of the result of your application after it has been assessed by the Faculty Training Committee
  6. When your application has been endorsed by the Faculty Training Committee, you can begin the OEM training program

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to start my Stage B training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine?

To progress to Stage B training in OEM, you will need to:

  • Meet the entry requirements for Stage A
  • Provide adequate evidence of comparable abilities or achievements for consideration by the Chair of the Faculty Training Committee or their nominees

Adequate evidence of comparable abilities or achievements includes:

  • Applicant must have completed an Advanced Life Support course (please refer to the “Advanced Life Support course” section in the PREP handbook for further information) and provided a certificate of completion to the Faculty office, and
  • Applicant must either:
    • Have completed Stage A of the AFOEM Training Program as evidenced by fulfilment of all the assessment requirements, or
    • Have completed a Divisional Basic Training Program and passed the RACP written and clinical examinations, or
    • Have completed Modules 1 and 2 of the training course of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, or
    • Hold Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, or
    • Hold Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

Applying for Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine

Eligibility criteria

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) approves eligibility for Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine on an individual basis.

To see if you meet the eligibility criteria, complete and submit the:

The eligibility criteria to start Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine are:

  1. General medical registration

    Applicants in Australia must have general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Applicants in New Zealand must have medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

  2. Three years post-graduate medical experience

    Applicants must have a:

    • Minimum of three years post-graduate medical experience, including;
    • At least one year of clinical experience in addition to your internship

      This may include up to one year of a full time Masters of Public Health (MPH).

  3. Completed or enrolled in a Masters of Public Health (or equivalent)

    Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in a Masters of Public Health (MPH)* or equivalent Masters Degree that includes:

    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Health Protection (includes Environmental Health and/or Communicable Disease Prevention and Control)
    • Health Promotion
    • Health Policy, Planning or Management

    * Trainees must complete their MPH before commencement of their second year of training (12 months)

    * All MPH Courses must be an assessed course rather than an attendance course. 3 of 5 core subjects must be completed

  4. Appointment to an approved training position*

    Applicants must have secured an approved training position in an accredited training site before they start their training. AFPHM is not able to offer or arrange training posts for trainees; however, Regional Education Coordinators will be aware of positions available in their area and can assist you.

    Any training time undertaken prior to the approval of the application for Eligibility to join AFPHM and the submission of an Application to Commence Training (ATCT) is ineligible to count towards Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine.

    * Please note that the AFPHM Part I Entry Requirements: Entry Application and MPH Review letter might be required when applying for PHM positions.​

How to apply

  1. Check if you are eligible to start Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine

    Complete the:

  2. Apply to commence the Public Health Medicine Advanced Training Program

    If AFPHM have found you eligible to apply to commence the Public Health Medicine Advanced Training program, complete and submit the:

  3. Apply for approval of your training

    After the supervising committee has approved you to commence training, you will need to apply for approval of your training. Complete and submit the:

Apply for Advanced Training in Rehabilitation Medicine (general)

Eligibility criteria

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) approves eligibility for Advanced Training in Rehabilitation Medicine on an individual basis. To see if you meet the eligibility criteria, complete the New Trainee Application form to become a Rehabilitation Medicine Trainee (PDF ​92KB) and submit it to rehap@racp.edu.au

The eligibility criteria to join the Rehabilitation Medicine Advanced Training Program (general) are:

  1. Appointment to an appropriate training position

    Applicants must have secured an accredited training position by applying to an accredited training hospital.

  2. General medical registration

    Applicants in Australia must have general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Applicants in New Zealand must have medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

  3. Two full years post-graduate supervised training

    Applicants must have completed two full years of post-graduate supervised training in general medical and surgical areas.

How to apply

To apply to join the Advanced Training Program in Rehabilitation Medicine:

  1. Check if you are eligible to start Advanced Training in Rehabilitation Medicine

    Check if you are eligible by completing and submitting the:

  2. Apply to start Advanced Training in Rehabilitation Medicine

    If your New Trainee application is approved, you will be asked to complete the:

    AFRM will assess and approve your application to start training.

Apply for Advanced Training in Rehabilitation Medicine (Paediatrics)

Eligibility criteria

The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) approves eligibility for Advanced Training in Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine on an individual basis. To see if you meet the eligibility criteria, complete the New Trainee Application form to become a Rehabilitation Medicine Trainee (PDF 92KB) and submit it to rehab@racp.edu.au

The eligibility criteria to join the Rehabilitation Medicine Advanced Training Program (paediatrics) are:

  1. Appointment to an appropriate training position

    Applicants must have secured an accredited training position by applying to an accredited training hospital.

  2. General medical registration

    Applicants in Australia must have general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Applicants in New Zealand must have medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).

  3. Complete Basic Training with the RACP

    Satisfactorily complete Basic Training with the RACP

  4. Complete the Divisional Written and Clinical Examination

    Successfully complete the RACP Divisional Written Examination and Divisional Clinical Examination

How to apply

To apply to join the Advanced Training Program in Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine:

  1. Check if you are eligible to start Advanced Training in Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

    Check if you are eligible by completing and submitting the:

  2. Apply to start Advanced Training in Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

    If your New Trainee application is approved, you will be asked to complete the:

    AFRM will assess and approve your application to start training.

How do I re-register for Advanced Training?

Each year, you will need to re-register to continue your training.

Find out more about how to re-register to continue Advanced Training.

Can I apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

You may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Find out more about RACP's RPL policy.

Fees

Learn more about the fees for Advanced Training.

Checklist for applicants to apply for a Division or Chapter Advanced Training program (Australia and New Zealand)

To apply for Advanced Training, you will need to:

1

Secure an accredited Advanced Training position at an accredited training site

2

Identify a suitable supervisor(s)

3

Learn the training requirements and curricula for your specialty

4

Discuss your new position's responsibilities, weekly timetable and training activities with your supervisor(s)

5

Provide your supervisor(s) with copies of past Supervisor Reports (for continuing trainees)

6

Apply for Advanced Training online (Australia)

Complete a paper-based application (New Zealand)

Steps to apply online for a Division or Chapter Advanced Training program (Australia)

1

Create a new registration

 

2

Submit a new registration for each rotation in the upcoming training period to your supervisor(s) for approval

3

Supervisor(s) approve the assigned rotations (or return the rotations to the Trainee for editing)

4

College staff process the registration (after approval of rotations)

5

The Overseeing Training Committee considers the registration for approval

6

Upon approval of registration the Trainee is provided with instructions for fee payment

Contact us

Australia

Email: AdvancedTraining@racp.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9256 5445

New Zealand

Email: AdvancedTraining@racp.org.nz
Phone: +64 4 472 6713

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