Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology

Interim changes to program requirement

Interim requirements for all trainees are now listed under Program requirements. This follows a review by the Committee for Joint College Training in Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology.

Trainees are expected to satisfactorily complete the 2020 training program requirements where possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

See also COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes.

Program overview

Cover-endocrinology-chemical-pathology-joint-handbook17-18In Advanced Training in Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology, you will explore in-depth specialty training in the physiology and pathophysiology of hormones and hormone producing tissues; and the diagnosis and management of disease by use of chemicals present in the body fluids and tissue. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds your skills through work-based assessments and learning tools

Advanced Training in Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology is a joint program between the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA).

Program updates

See announced interim changes to program requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All our Advanced Training programs are evaluated biennially by overseeing committees to ensure they are in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. Please ensure you are following the correct requirements during your training. You can find the latest changes in the 2019-20 program updates

Entry requirements

Prospective trainees must:

  • have completed the RACP Basic Training (including written and clinical exams),
  • hold a current medical registration and
  • have appointment to an appropriate Advanced Training Position.

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


The Advanced Training in Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology requires 4 years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.

General Principles of the Joint Training Programs

  • Joint trainees must be registered with both the RCPA and the RACP and are supervised by the CJCT (Endocrinology and Chemical Pathology)
  • Laboratory training in chemical pathology is conducted in laboratories accredited by the RCPA.
  • Clinical endocrinology advanced training is conducted in hospitals with endocrinology training programs accredited by the RACP. Paediatric endocrinology trainees must also complete the RACP’s mandatory paediatric requirements.


Successful trainees will be admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA). Eligibility is dependent on the completion of all requirements of training. Once the overseeing committee has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship.

New Fellows will receive formal notification from the College that they have been admitted to Fellowship and receive a letter confirming the completion of their training. All Fellows in Australia, New Zealand and overseas in active practice must meet the requirements of a  Continuing Professional Development program.

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