Paediatrics & Child Health DCE

The Paediatrics & Child Health (PCH) Divisional Clinical Exam tests your clinical skills at the end of Basic Training.

2022 exam

We have confirmed the plan for delivery of the 2022 PCH DCE is the traditional format.

In Aotearoa New Zealand and Western Australia the exam will be delivered in a later exam window due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and potential impacts on exam delivery.

Read more about the 2022 format

See key dates for 2022

Change to closing date for 2022 DCE applications

Due to a planned systems outage on the evening of 23 March 2022, we have extended the close of applications for the 2022 DCE to Tuesday, 29 March 10:00am (AEDT).

We regularly review exam plans to reduce public health risks and publish updates here.


2021 DCE

The 2021 DCE was successfully delivered in a modular format with 2 virtual Long Cases and 4 locally-delivered face-to-face Short Cases. The Short Case component in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory was postponed due to COVID-19. It will be delivered in the 2+2 Short Case format from 18 February to 13 March 2022.

2022 DCE

The delivery format will be the traditional format of 2 Long Cases and 4 Short Cases face-to-face on the same day.

Contingency plans will be in place in case COVID-19 impacts the exam. Contingency options will include reverting to the modular format exam (2 videoconference Long Cases and 4 locally-delivered, face-to-face Short Cases on different days).

Key dates

All dates are subject to impacts of COVID-19 or specific hosting hospitals requirements.
2022 exam
Applications open Thursday 10 March at 9:00am (AEDT)
Applications close Tuesday 29 March at 10:00am (AEDT)

Australia exam window 1

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
13 May to 12 June 2022
Australia exam window 2
Western Australia
3-6 September 2022
Aotearoa New Zealand exam window 28-30 October 2022
5-6 November are reserve days and will only be used if needed

All examination dates remain dependent on:

  • permission from hospitals to enter premises, release staff and use facilities for the exam purposes
  • permission from the Chief Public Health Officer or Chief Medical Officer to allow the exam to proceed
  • lockdown restrictions and COVID-19 alert levels allowing the exam to proceed, including the clinical impact on health services within a state, territory or district

Contingency plans | 2021 Short Cases NSW/ACT

If the 2021 exam can’t go ahead, the following contingency plans will be put in place. The safety of all participants is at the core of these plans.

Plan A | Exam sites proceed with the local Short Cases as planned.

Plan B | If a lockdown or increased restrictions within a hospital due to COVID prevent the Short Case exam, your exam will be rescheduled as soon as possible after restrictions ease.

Our aim

All candidates eligible to sit the 2021 exam will be able to meet their required Basic Training assessments by the end of 2021.

If one or more hospitals, States or Territories can’t go ahead with an exam on its planned date due to COVID-19, those in unaffected areas can still take their exam.


Australia | AUD$3039.00
Aotearoa New Zealand | NZD$3494.85

If you have outstanding training fees, you’re ineligible to sit the exam. See College Fees Terms and Conditions (PDF).


If you withdraw in the lead up to the exam, you may also be eligible for a partial refund of your exam fee.

If we cannot deliver the exam, all affected candidates will receive a full refund.

If you have sat the 8 March backup Divisional Written Examination, you will be granted conditional enrolment for the 2022 DCE pending release of your DWE results on Tuesday, 12 April 2022. This means you can apply for the 2022 DCE and pay your examination fee. In the event you do not proceed to the DCE, your examination fee will be fully refunded to you.

Find out more about training and examination fees.


Australia | Held within your state or territory for most candidates. Where COVID-19 restrictions allow, you'll travel to a different city or hospital to avoid settings you've trained in. You may be required to travel to a different state or territory depending on where you are allocated to sit your exam.

Aotearoa New Zealand | Travel to a different location from where you work to complete your exam. You won’t be examined in hospitals where you trained.

RACP Support Program

Preparing for exams can be stressful. Reach out to the RACP Support Program for free, 24/7, completely confidential support. Make an appointment or speak with a consultant by calling 1300 687 327 (Australia) or 0800 666 367 (Aotearoa New Zealand).

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