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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 with whom you are completing your GP Fellowship. Gaining recognition of prior learning requires demonstrating that you have covered areas of the normal training program for your fellowship. GPTQ will submit the application on your behalf and guide you through each step.

To be eligible for RPL, you must first demonstrate that you have met the training requirements of the hospital year/core clinical training year. Please review the hospital training requirements before proceeding.

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 post general registration training posts in accredited Australian or New Zealand hospitals or approved community posts.

RACGP may grant recognition for:

  • One year of hospital rotations following postgraduate year 1 (intern year) or equivalent. Work must be undertaken at a level beyond the intern level in terms of responsibility, supervision and employment. This will have to be evidenced in employment documents and end-of-term assessments.
  • 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.

For more information, please view the RACGP RPL policy.

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 for up to two years of RPL for Core Generalist training and can include 12 months Advanced Specialised Training (AST). 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 support your RPL application. This will include verification of your previous experience and performance. You can find out more in the ACRRM RPL Policy. You can also contact us for further details and guidance about submitting your RPL application.

We’ll help you secure recognition of prior learning

GPTQ can assist with your application to ensure it is 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 applicant.enquiries@gptq.qld.edu.au for more information.

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