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Recognition of prior learning

How do I get recognition of prior learning?

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You may be able to shorten the length of your GP training if you can supply evidence of past experience, training and assessments.

Recognition of prior learning is awarded by the college where you’re completing your GP fellowship. Gaining recognition of prior learning requires demonstrating that you have covered areas of the normal training program for your fellowship. We submit the application on your behalf and guide you through each step.

I chose general practice because I really wanted to do everything. For me, particularly in rural general practice, you look after people from the cradle to the grave. I could deliver babies, I could look after pregnant mums, I could give anaesthetics and provide some operations for the community.

Dr Ewen McPhee, GP and Medical Educator at GPTQ

Recognition from RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) considers recognition of prior learning for training posts completed in a hospital or clinic in Australia or New Zealand.

RACGP may grant recognition for:

  • One year of hospital rotations following postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) or intern year
  • Six months extended skills training
  • Combined hospital rotations and extended skills posts up to a maximum of one year

Your application requires a portfolio, which includes evidence of your activities and assessments, a CV and referees. Contact us for details and guidance on your portfolio.

Recognition from ACRRM

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) considers recognition of prior learning for other medical qualifications or clinical experience, including overseas work. You may qualify if you have undertaken up to 12 months of core clinical training, including work in a hospital or advanced specialised training.

You can also apply for recognition of up to one year of primary rural and remote training. This includes work in:

  • An Aboriginal health service
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • A small rural hospital

You will need to provide various forms of evidence to ACRRM to support your RPL application. This will include verification of your previous experience and performance. You can find out more in the ACRRM Fellowship Training Handbook. You can also contact us for further details and guidance about submitting your RPL application.

How GPTQ can help you secure recognition of prior learning

We can assist with your application to ensure that it’s complete and presented correctly. We will:

  • Review your application
  • Check the supporting documents
  • Provide a recommendation
  • Submit your application

The application for each college is slightly different, and if you are completing your fellowship at both colleges, you must complete two separate applications. When RACGP or ACRRM has assessed your application, they will confirm to us in writing whether it has been approved. We can then advise you on the next steps to take. Email us at gptq@gptq.qld.edu.au for more information.

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