Progression to Advanced Training is dependent upon the completion of all the requirements of Basic Training. For many trainees the limiting step is the completion of either the College Primary Examination or an acceptable alternative primary examination. The regulations currently state that one of the requirements for completion of basic training as being success at the College or the ANZCA Primary Examination, Basic physician training and success at the RACP Written and Clinical (adult or paediatric) examinations or any other curriculum and assessment process that is acceptable to the board. The College currently recognises the primary examinations of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) as being acceptable alternatives to the Colleges primary examination.
Many trainees with overseas experience and qualifications apply for exemptions from the primary examination on the grounds of another qualification. Unfortunately some trainees, Supervisors of Training and Heads of Departments have made the erroneous assumption that these previous acquired qualifications will be acceptable as a primary exemption, and that any future training time undertaken is automatically counted as advanced training time. Please note that any exemptions from the CICM Primary examination are not guaranteed and therefore should not be assumed, and also all advanced training needs to be prospectively approved.
Applications for possible exemption from the primary exam are individually assessed. The Censor's decision is based on factors including the qualification being proposed as equivalent, any other qualifications, and previous training and experience. It is therefore important to provide as much information about your past training, experience and qualifications as possible when applications are made for these exemptions. The earliest possible completion of the registration form and provision of the relevant documentation, along with the request for consideration for exemption, allows for timely responses, and avoids the loss of valuable training time. For further information please contact Sumithra Abeygunasekera.