Paediatrics & Child Health DCE

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


2023 DCE

The delivery format for 2023 has been confirmed.

Across Aotearoa New Zealand, and all Australian states and territories, using the traditional format with:

  • traditional | 2 Long Cases and 4 Short Cases on the same day face-to-face.

Contingency plans will be in place in case COVID-19 disrupts the exam.

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
  • COVID-19 disruptions and restrictions allowing the exam to proceed, including the clinical impact on health services within a state, territory or district

Key dates


Exam Date

Results Release


Friday, 19 May to Sunday, 4 June 2023

Week of Monday, 19 June 2023

Aotearoa New Zealand

Friday, 26 May to Sunday, 28 May 2023

Week of Monday, 12 June 2023

Contingency plans | 2022 PCH DCE

If the 2022 exam can’t go ahead due to significant events including COVID-19 disruptions, contingency plans will be put in place. The safety of all participants is at the core of these plans.

Plan A | The exam proceeds as scheduled on the planned exam using the planned delivery model.

Plan B | If your exam can’t take place at an individual hospital, due to COVID-19 or other disruptions at that site, the exam will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Impacted candidates may be reallocated to other local available exam sites.

Plan C | If your exam can’t be delivered face-to-face due to COVID-19 disruptions, we’ll proceed with modular format on the scheduled exam date. The Long Cases will be delivered using video conference on the original scheduled exam date where possible. Face-to-face Short Cases will be rescheduled to a later date. We’ll notify all impacted candidates, examiners and others involved in the exam process as early as possible.

Our aim

To be able to sit the 2023 exam, you are required to meet the Basic Training Assessment requirements by end of 2022.

If one or more hospitals, States or Territories can’t go ahead with an exam on its planned date due to COVID-19 disruptions, 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 | 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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