The RACGP sets the standards for general practice training for GP registrars training towards Fellowship of the RACGP. The College has recently received Australian Medical Council accreditation for its general practice education standards and processes for the maximum possible period, to December 2013. The RACGP is the only general practice college that currently holds this accreditation. On successful completion of training and success in the RACGP assessments, candidates are usually eligible for the award of fellowship of the RACGP.
The typical length of training is three years.
The typical training program for a registrar is at least 12-month placement at a hospital; 18 months of core training in an RACGP accredited general practice; and a further 6 months in an extended skills post, which may be hospital or general practice based.
Applicants for general practice training apply through GPET for selection. The GPET website should be referred to for more information. 3
Formative assessment includes the development of the registrar’s learning plan. This must be done early enough and with sufficient frequency to provide the opportunity for registrars to regularly update their learning plans. Training includes specific, timely and regular feedback to registrars about their performance, including information concerning what needs to be improved and an agreed plan for how to go about making the desired changes.
As part of GP specialist training towards fellowship (FRACGP), registrars undertake the college’s examination. This examination consists of three components – two written and one clinical. Further details are provided on the college’s website.
International Medical Graduates (IMG)/Overseas Trained Doctors
The RACGP conducts assessment of IMGs’ general practice qualifications and experience.
Assessment for comparability
The majority of assessments conducted by the RACGP are for comparability of overseas general practice experience to Australian general practice experience. This assessment is designed to assist in determining eligibility:
- to enrol in the college examination or practice based assessment;
- for full membership of the RACGP;
- as part of an Australian rural workforce agency application; and/or
- for entry into a RACGP Specialist training pathway.
Further details are provided on the college’s website at
The RACGP accreditation criteria are documented in the RACGP Standards for General Practice Education and Training Trainers and Training Posts 2005 found at http://www.racgp.org.au/vocationaltraining/standards.
The Regional Training Provider typically commences the process of accreditation of a post and trainer. A trainer is always accredited at the same time as the post. The RACGP suggests that all posts consider having at least two RACGP trainers per post. The post and trainer are accredited for a maximum of three years, after which reaccreditation is required.
The accreditation of trainers and training posts will change in 2011.