To be eligible to present candidates must:
The First Part Examination is held twice each year and comprises of a written and oral component. The written section may be taken in cities of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The oral section is generally held in Melbourne however may be in another major city at the discretion of the Board.
Dates and venues are subject to change.
To apply for the First Part Examination, candidates will need to have the following documents and meet the following requirements to apply for the exam:
Late and/or incomplete applications and missing documentations will not be accepted under any circumstance after the advertised closing date of applications.
If this is not your first attempt at the examination, please ensure you current TAP has been submitted to the College prior to applying for the exam.
Please note: Should you wish to withdraw from the exam after the closing date or notification of conditional approval/full approval to sit the exam, a 30% cancellation fee applies. This fee maybe waived if an application for Special Consideration has been received and approved by the Chair of the Exam Committee.
Applications for the 2024 second sitting of the first part exam will open on Monday 10 June by 5pm (AEST) and will close on Friday 21 June 2024 at 9am (AEST). Please check regularly for when the link above is made active to apply.
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Special Consideration and Reasonable Adjustments
The College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM) is committed to ensuring the integration of principles of equal access, participation and opportunity for trainees with a disability or medical condition.
Who can apply for Special Consideration or a Reasonable Adjustment?
Any Trainee and Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMGs) of the College undertaking a College Examination can apply for special consideration or a reasonable adjustment.
The College recommends that candidates apply for reasonable adjustment when entering the training program. At the latest, applications should be submitted by the advertised closure of the relevant online exam application.
Submitting an Application for Special Consideration or Reasonable Adjustment
All applications need to be submitted to the Exams Department via email. Special instructions are detailed on the appropriate application form and must be accompanied by supporting documentation.
If you have any queries regarding the policy or application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Department.
The Policy and application forms can be found below.
T-19 Reasonable Adjustment Form
T-19 Special Consideration Form
T-19 Special Circumstances and Reasonable Adjustment Policy for examinations
For trainees who are sitting the first sitting of First Part Examination in 2024 (March/May), please refer to the Third Edition of the syllabus. The Fourth Edition which was approved by the College Board in November 2023 will be effective from the second sitting of 2024 (August/November).
CICM First Part Syllabus Third Edition (2017)
Marking Rubric examples for First Part Candidates
Head over to the Educational Resources to learn more about VIVA Practice Exams.
First Part FAQs
A candidate who presents for either the written or oral component has a maximum of five attempts. If unsuccessful on the fifth attempt the candidate will not be eligible for further examination candidacy and will no longer be registered as a trainee.
There are two papers each consisting of 10 short answer questions (SAQ) and 50 multiple choice questions (MCQ). The time allowed for each paper is 2.5 hours and this allows approximately ten minutes per SAQ and approximately 50 minutes for the 50 MCQ.
Basic stationery such as pens (blue and/or black pens only), rulers, erasers, and non-programmable calculators, and analogue clocks/watches (must be silent and not internet-capable). Answer booklets are provided by the College.
NOTE: Programmable calculators, personal computers, mobile phones, smart/sport watches, digital clocks/timers with sound and internet capabilities, and other electronic equipment may not be taken into any section of the examination.
Candidates must achieve a mark of at least 45% in BOTH SAQ and MCQ sections (to be invited to the oral section).
If a candidate is invited to the oral section under the 45% rule and are unsuccessful, they are required to re-sit the written section at their next attempt.
(a) Achieve a mark of at least 45% in the written section (to be invited to the oral section),
(b) Achieve a total score of at least 50%.
Written results can take up to four weeks to prepare and are sent to candidates via email. Results will not be given over the phone.
Oral section results are handed to candidates in a sealed envelope at the completion of the examination (times to be specified by College staff on the day). Collection of final results is not mandatory and an alternative method can be easily arranged.
A viva is a 12 minute encounter that tests knowledge of basic sciences, the ability to apply these basic sciences to a clinical setting and the ability to understand monitoring equipment.
Two minutes are allocated to read the introductory questions outside each viva station and 10 minutes are spent discussing the topic with one or two examiners.
The report provides candidates, tutors and Supervisors of Training with information about the examination. Answers provided are not model answers but guides to what was expected for a particular question.