Joint Immunology and Allergy

Interim changes to program requirements

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

You're expected to satisfactorily complete the 2022 training program requirements where possible. If you’re unable to complete training program requirements due to COVID-19, see education and training principles and advise your Training Committee as soon as possible.

The interim changes made are to provide flexibility and support to trainees who have been affected by COVID-19. See COVID-19 FAQs and education and training changes for additional information.

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Program overview

Advanced Training in Joint Immunology and Allergy is a joint program between the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).

Immunology and AllergyIn Advanced Training in Joint Immunology and Allergy, you’ll explore in-depth 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 learning and assessment tools.

Program updates

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

The Advanced Training in Joint Immunology and Allergy Program is evaluated biennially by the Committee for Joint College Training (CJCT) in Immunology and Allergy to ensure that it’s in line with educational best practice. Changes in program requirements may occur and could impact your training plan. The College will provide sufficient notice prior to implementing any change. You must always 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.

Joint Training Program requirements

Joint trainees must:

  • be registered with both the RACP and the RCPA
  • complete both clinical and laboratory training in more than 1 training setting — only in exceptional circumstances can this be considered.


Advanced Training in Joint Immunology and Allergy requires 4 years (48 months) of full-time equivalent (FTE) training.


Once you've completed all requirements of your training and the CJCT in Immunology and Allergy has recommended you for admission, you’ll be invited to apply for Fellowship of the RACP and Fellowship of the RCPA.

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.

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