Education policy

The College Education Committee reviews all education policies every three to five years. If you cannot find a relevant policy, refer to your training program handbook for further information.

You can find information about the education policies in development or being revised on the education development page (member login required).

If you have an education policy enquiry, contact the Education Policy Executive Officers by emailing educationpolicy@racp.edu.au, or contact the Contact Officer listed on the policy document.

Training

Educational Leadership and Supervision policy (NEW)

This new draft policy will provide a framework for supervisory practice, including principles and standards for supervision. The RACP Framework for Educational Leadership and Supervision document will be linked to this high level policy and will outline a supervisor roles and responsibilities, supervision competency framework and supervisor selection, training, accreditation and evaluation.

UPDATE: The policy and framework will be communicated to all impacted stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition. Implementation will commence from December 2018.
Educational Leadership and Supervision policy (PDF 107KB)

RACP Framework for Educational Leadership and Supervision (PDF 3.5MB)
Selection into training policy (NEW)

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.

The Selection into training policy has been approved by the College Education Committee with the staged implementation of the policy to take place in 2017. Implementation dates for each training program will be confirmed and published in an implementation schedule.
Download selection into training policy (PDF 381KB)

Flexible training

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 how to apply for flexible training arrangements, requirements for meeting the standards of training, provisions for part-time training, interruptions during a training program and interruption between programs.

The new Flexible Training policy came into effect on 1 January 2017. For more information on the changes and transitional arrangements please see the Trainee and Supervisor Guide.

Download Flexible Training Policy (PDF 195KB) - revised from 1 Jan 2017

Download At a Glance - Flexible Training (PDF 172KB)

Download Trainee and Supervisor Guide (PDF 328KB)

Progression through training

This policy sets out provisions for the completion of training requirements, time limits to complete training programs, prospective approval and certification of training, leave during training, failure to progress in training and exceptional circumstances.

The new Progression through Training policy came into effect on 1 January 2017. For more information on the changes and transitional arrangements please see the Trainee and Supervisor Guide.

Download Progression Through Training Policy (PDF ​189KB) - revised from 1 Jan 2017

Download At a Glance - Progression Through Training (PDF 175KB)

Download Trainee and Supervisor Guide (PDF 328KB)
Recognition in a subspecialty without completion of the relevant Advanced Training program

The policy provides an assessment framework for FRACP Fellows to be recognised in a specialty other than that in which they trained. Recognition depends on the basis of learning (either certified or experiential), acquired competence and professional development in that specialty over a substantial period of professional practice. The policy also provides an avenue for individuals who gained Fellowship of the RACP before SACs/JSACs/STCs were established to be recognised in a specialty.

 
Current policy (PDF 110KB)

Recognition of Prior Learning

This policy defines the requirements for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for:

  • Trainees (in Australia and New Zealand) enrolled in College education programs.
  • Fellows who want to undertake further training in a specialty different to their Advanced Training Specialty (additional information on post-Fellowship training requirements is located in Program Requirements Handbooks)
  • International Medical Graduates who want to undertake Physician training in Australia.

    Eligible training and experience for RPL include:

  • RACP training programs
  • Non-RACP specialty training programs
  • Post-graduate coursework and research
  • Relevant experience undertaken outside a formal specialty training program

Policy v2 (PDF 127KB) - ​effective 1 Jan 2015

Policy v2 FAQs (PDF 397KB)

Policy v2 Applicant Guide (PDF 459KB)

Policy v2 Brief Applicant Guide (.ppt 338KB)

Policy v2 Application Form (​.doc 166KB)

Sample Learning Portfolio (PDF 3MB)

Trainee in Difficulty support

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 (TIDS) Policy (PDF 268KB)

 
Process (PDF 409KB)

Interactive Training Support Pathway (PDF 496KB)

FAQs (PDF 472KB)

Accreditation of training settings

Accreditation of training settings

This policy defines the aims, principles, process and criteria for the accreditation of training settings for trainees.

Download Policy (PDF 98KB)

Standards for accreditation (PDF 22KB)

Assessments and examination

Academic Integrity in Training

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 in cases of suspected academic misconduct. 

Download Academic Integrity in Training Policy (PDF 239KB) -implemented 1 Jan 2017

Download Academic Integrity in Training Process (PDF 171KB) - implemented 1 Jan 2017

 

Participation by Fellows in preparatory courses for assessments

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.

Download Policy (PDF 87KB)

Special consideration for assessments

This policy defines the requirements and processes for dealing with requests for special consideration in relation to centrally administered assessments undertaken by College trainees.

Download Policy (PDF 201KB)

Assessment Policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the quality of assessment processes related to RACP training. The policy sets out the principles that define how assessments and assessment programs are planned, implemented and evaluated at the RACP. 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 commencing from 2017.

Assessment policy (PDF 49KB)

Assessment standards (PDF 627KB)

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

Assessment of Overseas Trained Physicians (OTPs)

For Australia: This policy defines framework to determine if the training and experience of an OTP is comparable to an Australian-trained Physician. The policy details the assessment process and possible outcomes for applicants, including appointment to an Area of Need position.

For New Zealand: This policy defines framework to determine if the training, qualifications and experience of an OTP are comparable to a New Zealand-trained Physician. The policy details the assessment process and possible outcomes for an applicant for vocational registration.

Download OTP Assessment Policy (PDF 120KB)

 

Download New Zealand OTP Policy (PDF 113KB) - revised Nov 2011

Continuing professional development

Continuing professional development (CPD) participation

This policy defines the CPD participation requirements for College Fellows and OTPs under peer review.

Download Policy (PDF 145KB) - revised February 2016

Appeals

Reconsideration, review and appeals process

This policy defines the process for trainees and Fellows to appeal College decisions that directly affect their education. This process provides an internal grievance mechanism to ensure all College members receive fair and consistent treatment.

Download Policy (PDF 186KB)

Application for Reconsideration, Review or Appeal of a Decision FAQs

 

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