Clinical Genetics

COVID-19 interim changes to program requirements

In 2023, you're expected to satisfactorily complete all training program requirements. If you’re unable to complete training requirements due to COVID-19, see interim changes to requirements and education and training principles, and advise your training committee as soon as possible.

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Program overview 

Clinical GeneticsIn Advanced Training in Clinical Genetics, you’ll explore in-depth specialty training in the identification of the genetic mutations that lead to disease processes and the management of patients throughout life. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds your skills through work-based learning and assessments tools.

Program updates

The Advanced Training in Clinical Genetics Program is evaluated biennially by the Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in Clinical Genetics to ensure that it’s in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. You must ensure you’re following the correct requirements during your training.

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must have:

  • completed RACP Basic Training, including Written and Clinical Examinations
  • a current medical registration
  • been appointed to an appropriate Advanced Training position

New and current trainees need to apply for Advanced Training each year.


Advanced Training in Clinical Genetics requires 3 years (36 months) of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.


Once you've completed all requirements of your training and the ATC in Clinical Genetics has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

See Becoming a Fellow for information on admission to Fellowship.

As a Fellow in active practice in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas, you’ll need to meet the annual requirements of the Continuing Professional Development program.

Note: Metabolic genetics and cancer genetics represent subspecialties of clinical genetics and are not recognised by regulators in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand as specialties in their own right.

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