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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 program.

Click each heading below for more information

Entry Criteria   |   Application  |  Fees  |  Curricula  |  Minimum Requirements 2015Supervision  |  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)
  • Evidence of General Medical Registration with the Medical Board of Australia

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.


  • Applications to join the PREP program can be made online via the online registration system. The application system is now closed and will re-open on 1 June 2015 for the 31 August intake.
  • All trainees must prospectively register on an annual basis to outline their proposed training for the year.
  • All trainees should be aware of the requirements and curricula.
  • If you wish to apply for local RPL, please see the revised RPL Policy (version 2) and FAQs which takes effect from beginning of this year.
  • 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 use this link.
New Trainees  - You will have access to the Basic Training Portal once your application with the College is processed. In the interim, you can start your LNA's and mini-CEXs using hardcopy versions


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 2015

Below are links to a summary of the minimum tool and assessment requirements for 2015:
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