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PREP Basic Training


The College's Physician Readiness for Expert Practice (PREP) program provides comprehensive education and training to the majority of medical specialties represented by the College. The PREP Program requires a minimum of 6 years to complete:

  • 3 years of Basic Training
  • College Written and Clinical Examinations
  • 3 or more years of Advanced Training

The Basic Training Portal is a gateway that provides easy access to relevant information, online learning tools and downloadable resources for each component of the Basic Training phase of the PREP program. The following summary provides you with an overview of the PREP Basic Training Program.

Click each heading below for more information

Entry Criteria   |   Application  |  Fees  |  Curricula  |  Minimum Requirements 2013Supervision  |  Assessment

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to apply to join the PREP program trainees must meet the following criteria:
  • Completed a medical degree
  • Completed an intern year: the first post-graduate year (post MBBS/MBChB)
  • Appointed to a hospital accredited by the College for basic physician training
  • Discussed their application with and received approval from the relevant hospital or Director of Physician Education (DPE)
  • From 1 January 2013, all International Medical Graduates (IMGs) wishing to enter any of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' (RACP) training programs in Australia must first have completed the Australian Medical Council (AMC) Certificate.

    The AMC Certificate confirms that an IMG has knowledge and skills equivalent to a final year medical graduate from an Australian university, and has obtained a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution listed in the current International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). Refer to the AMC website for more information.

    It is important to note that implementation of this policy affects only International Medical Graduates entering an RACP training program after 1 January 2013. IMGs who are currently registered in a training program who joined prior to 1 January 2013 will not be affected by this policy.

    For more information, the International Medical Graduates: Requirements for Undertaking Physician Training in Australia Policy can be found here.


  • Download a copy of the Statement of Basic Training Responsibilities to discuss with your supervisor. This learning statement does not need to be returned to the College.
  • Applications to join the PREP program can be made online via the online registration system.
  • Your nominated DPE will be notified and asked to confirm the training rotations/runs outlined in the application (Australia only). 
  • If you are a DPE wishing to logon to view online applications from your basic trainees, please click here.
  • All trainees must prospectively register on an annual basis to outline their proposed training for the year (Australia only).
  • All trainees should be aware of the requirements and curricula of the PREP program.
New Trainees  - You will have access to the Basic Training Portal once your application with the College is processed. In the interim, to download the hardcopy versions please click
  • here to download a copy a hardcopy Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) form
  • here for the mini-CEX form
  • A handout on the LNA is available here
  • You can access the Basic Training Curricula below


The program is underpinned by three core curricula:


These curricula should be read in conjuction with the training requirements handbook.


Basic Training has an annual registration fee, as well as other fees for the written and clinical examinations. More information about fees for the Australian and New Zealand programs can be found in the fees section of this website.

Minimum Requirements 2014

Please see the Basic Training Portal for the latest information on the minimum requirements for 2014:
New Zealand


A comprehensive level of educationally focussed supervision and support will be provided for all trainees within each of the training institutes. Key elements of this support will centre around:
  • planning and facilitating the trainee's learning path
  • the facilitation of effective teaching and learning opportunities
  • the provision of comprehensive and timely feedback on the trainee's progress with achievement of the curricula learning objectives.



The PREP program utilises both formative and summative assessments to assess and guide a learner's training throughout the program. The Basic Training program has an established assessment pathway, whereas in the Advanced Training program assessments differ according to subspecialty.