AFOEM Stage A Written Examination

The purpose of the AFOEM Stage A Written Examination is to assess the basics in medical sciences, to progress to Stage B training.

Key dates

Exam Saturday 12 September 2020
Applications open Monday 15 June 2020
Applications close Friday 26 June 2020
Results Thursday 29 October 2020


Trainees must meet the following criteria to be able to sit the examination:

  • be a Stage A trainee of AFOEM
  • have an Educational Supervisor
  • have completed an Advanced Life Support course and provided the Faculty with a certificate of completion
  • be currently registered and approved for the training term
  • have paid all outstanding College fees
  • have certification of the most recent training period, confirming all teaching and learning activities and assessments are completed
  • have completed a minimum of six months of active certified training (one training period)


  • be endorsed by the Faculty Education Committee for special consideration, for example you're an Overseas Trained Physician

Trainees are allowed 5 attempts to pass the Stage A Written Examination.

See the Progression Through Training Policy and the accompanying frequently asked questions for more information about examination attempts.


Application dates for AFOEM Stage A Examination will also be published in the AFOEM eBulletin a month prior to applications opening.

Trainees must pay a fee to sit the exam. Refer to the membership fees page for fees to sit the Stage A Written Examination in Australia or New Zealand.


The Stage A Written Examination is held in a number of capital cities across Australia and New Zealand, where possible.

Candidates may have to travel to an examination location if trainee numbers are too low to facilitate an examination in their local area.

Examination content

The Stage A Written Examination is a 1 x 3-hour paper consisting of approximately 120 multiple choice questions (MCQ).

The examination content is based on the AFOEM training curriculum.

  • Domain 10: Clinical practice (50-60% of total questions)
  • Domain 60: Professional qualities (20-25%)
  • Domain 30: Critical appraisal of information (10-12%)
  • Domain 20: Workplace hazard assessment – only Theme 20.1 (7-10%)


Occupational and Environmental Medicine Advanced Training Curriculum
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Advanced Training Handbook
Learning objectives for the Stage A Examination (2012)
AFOEM examination pass rates

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