Medical Training Review Panel: Seventeenth Report

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) sets the standards for general practice training for GP registrars training towards Fellowship of the college. On successful completion of training and success in the RACGP assessments, candidates are usually eligible for the award of fellowship of the RACGP.

Training Program

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.

Trainee Selection

Applicants for general practice training apply through GPET for selection. The GPET website should be referred to for more information.

Trainee Assessment

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/Overseas Trained Doctors

The RACGP conducts assessment of international medical graduates’ 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 General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) pathway ( and

International Medical Graduates (IMG) outside Australia (


The RACGP accreditation criteria are documented in the RACGP Standards for General Practice Education and Training Trainers and Training Posts 2005 found at

Under the delegated arrangements introduced in 2011 the Regional Training Providers (RTPs) are conducting the training post accreditation process according to the RACGP standards. On successful completion of process the RTPs send a recommendation to the RACGP for endorsement. 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.

Further Information

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners