Joint Immunology and Allergy

Interim changes to program requirements

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

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 our COVID-19 FAQs and announced education and training changes.

Program overview

ProgCov-Immunology-and-Allergy-RACP-RCPA-Joint-Training-handbook-2017-18In Advanced Training in Joint Immunology and Allergy you will explore a new depth of specialty training, including the direct care for patients with a diverse range of disorders of the immune system and in the provision of laboratory services. You will train under supervision and prepare for independent practice as a consultant. The program builds on your skills through work-based assessments and learning tools
The Advanced Training in Joint Immunology and Allergy program 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 guidelines 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 Joint Immunology and Allergy program involves a minimum four years (FTE) of accredited training in laboratory and clinical practice.

General Principles of the Joint Training Programs

  • Joint trainees must be registered with both the RCPA and the RACP and are supervised by the Committee for Joint College Training (JCT) in Immunology and Allergy.
  • Joint trainees may not complete both their clinical and laboratory training entirely within one service of an institution, except under extraordinary circumstances, on application to the Board of Education and Assessment via the Registrar.


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 depended 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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