Education policies

Education policies underpin all College training programs and are developed and revised regularly.

The education policy development process has been designed to ensure that policies are collaboratively developed and shaped by key stakeholders.


Academic Integrity in Training Policy

This policy sets out the meaning of academic integrity in the context of RACP training. The policy defines the principles that underpin the RACP approach to academic integrity and the roles and responsibilities of the relevant parties.

College members are expected to adhere to the Academic Integrity in Training Process (PDF) in cases of suspected academic misconduct.

Academic Integrity in Training policy (PDF)

Assessment Policy

This policy sets out the principles that define how assessments and assessment programs are planned, implemented and evaluated at the RACP in order to ensure the quality of assessment processes related to RACP training.

It requires committees responsible for assessments and programs of assessment to demonstrate progress towards the Standards for RACP Assessment Programs. Committee preparation and staged implementation is currently underway.

Assessment policy (PDF)
Standards for RACP Assessment Programs (PDF)

Educational Leadership and Supervision Policy 

The aim of this policy is to foster excellence in educational leadership and supervision across all RACP training programs and to ensure that learning environments are appropriately resourced to enable delivery of continuous, progressive, dynamic learning.

Educational Leadership and Supervision Policy (PDF)
RACP Framework for Educational Leadership and Supervision (PDF)

Flexible Training Policy

This policy outlines the flexible training options available for RACP trainees (including Fellows in training) enrolled in Division, Faculty and Chapter training programs. The policy details requirements for meeting the standards of training, how to apply for flexible training arrangements, provisions for part-time training, interruptions during a training program, intervals between training programs and exceptional circumstances.

Flexible Training Policy (PDF) (2023)
Flexible Training Policy FAQs (PDF) (2023)

Progression Through Training Policy

The policy outlines provisions for completion of training requirements, time limits to complete training programs, absence during training, prospective approval and certification of training, and failure to progress in training.

Progression Through Training Policy (PDF) (2023)

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

This policy outlines the requirements for the formal recognition of experience obtained prior to entry to an RACP training program. It defines who may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and what categories of learning may be eligible. It describes the principles to be addressed when making an application for RPL and in assessing applications for RPL, as well as possible outcomes after assessment of an application.

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy (PDF) (2024)
Recognition of Prior Learning Policy FAQs (PDF) (2024)
Recognition of Prior Learning Policy – Guide for Applicants (PDF) (2024)


Recognition of Prior Learning application form (PDF)
Recognition of Prior Learning portfolio sample (PDF)

Selection into Training Policy 

This policy sets out the principles which underpin selection into RACP training programs. It outlines criteria for eligibility and selection into RACP training programs, and standards for the process of selection into training at RACP accredited training settings.

Selection into Training Policy (PDF)

Special Consideration for Assessment Policy

This policy sets out the process of considering the particular circumstances affecting a trainee and the special provisions or arrangements available to alleviate the impact of those circumstances. Special consideration does not excuse a trainee from meeting a requirement, or performance standard for examinations or work-based assessments.

Special Consideration for Assessment Policy (PDF)
Special Consideration for Assessment application form and guide (PDF)

Trainee in Difficulty Support (TIDS) Policy

This policy outlines principles for the trainee, the supervisor and the College to use when a trainee is in difficulty, including the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved.

Trainee in Difficulty Support Policy (PDF)
Trainee in Difficulty Support Policy FAQs (PDF)
Trainee in Difficulty Support process (PDF)
Interactive Training Support pathway (PDF)

Training Provider Accreditation Policy

This policy sets out how the RACP will assess, accredit and monitor training providers that deliver RACP training programs.

Training Provider Accreditation Policy (PDF)


Overseas Trained Physicians and Paediatricians (OTPs) Assessment

See overseas specialists.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) participation policy

CPD Participation Policy (PDF) (current, from 1 January 2023)

Participation by Fellows in Preparatory Courses for Assessment Policy

This policy defines the obligations of Fellows in relation to participation in preparatory courses (commercial and non-commercial) or training sessions for centrally administered College assessments.

Participation by Fellows in Preparatory Courses for Assessment Policy (PDF)

Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition Policy

This policy provides a framework for Fellows to be recognised by the RACP in a specialty or specialty field related to an RACP training program.

It applies where:

  • Fellows are seeking recognition in a specialty which is different to that in which the Fellow is currently recognised by the RACP.
  • A Fellow gained Fellowship before Advanced Training Committees were established and is currently recognised by the RACP as a Specialist Physician or Specialist Paediatrician without a nominated specialty.

Note: This policy is not designed to replace Post-Fellowship training. Post-Fellowship training is the standard pathway available to Fellows who wish to be recognised in a second specialty. Post-Fellowship training is prospectively approved and supervised training which is equivalent to the requirements for advanced training in that specialty. Provisions for recognition of prior learning are available for Fellows who undertake Post-Fellowship training.

Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition Policy (PDF)
Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition application form and guide (PDF)
Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition referee report form (PDF)
Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition employment history table (PDF)
Post-Fellowship Specialty Recognition assessor guide (PDF)


Reconsideration, review and appeals process

See RACP By-laws to view the process by-law, application forms and FAQs.

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