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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 2014Supervision  |  Assessment

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to apply to join the RACP Basic Physician Training program trainees must meet the following criteria:
  • Completion of a medical degree accredited by the AMC or the MCNZ
  • Completed an intern year: the first post-graduate year
  • Appointed to a hospital accredited by the College for basic physician training
  • Discussed their application with and received approval from the relevant hospital Director of Physician Education (DPE)
  • International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in Australia must provide evidence of the full Australian Medical Council (AMC) Certificate, or evidence of General Medical Registration (applicable from 1 July 2014).
  • From next year (1 January 2015), the entry criteria for all new Basic Trainees joining the College Training Program will be:

General medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia if undertaking training in Australia, or medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand if undertaking training in New Zealand.

The AMC Certificate (or general medical registration) 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 Medical Board of Australia website for more information.

For further information, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you are in NSW and thinking of joining (registering) with the College Basic Training program, your first point of contact will be one of the new PGY2 Educational Supervisors.


  • 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.
  • If you wish to apply for local RPL, you must submit it with your 2015 online application form and before 31 December 2014. Paper based applications will not be accepted.
  • 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.
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

Below are links to a summary of the minimum tool and assessment requirements for 2014:
New Zealand


Key elements of supervision 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.


RACP Basic Physician Training