Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

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Program overview

Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology is a joint program between the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).

Infectious Diseases and MicrobiologyIn Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, you’ll explore in-depth specialty training in the various clinical, laboratory and public health aspects of infectious diseases medicine and microbiology. 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

The Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology program is evaluated biennially by the Committee for Joint College Training (CJCT) in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology 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 the 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 RCPA and the CJCT in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
  • are required to sit the same examinations as RCPA trainees in microbiology, with the same standards applying


Advanced Training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology requires 5 years of full-time equivalent (FTE) training: 2 years infectious diseases training and 3 years laboratory training in microbiology.


Once you've completed all requirements of your joint RACP/RCPA training and the CJCT has recommended you for admission, the College will invite you to apply for Fellowship of the RACP.

You will also receive an invitation to apply for 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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