The College expects that a doctor entering the training program in intensive care medicine will have the ability to achieve all the competencies and show all the values, attitudes and aptitudes required of a specialist in intensive care medicine. Applicants for the training program in intensive care medicine will be selected based upon these principles and the eligibility criteria and selection criteria set out in the Trainee Selection Policy.
The selection process should result in the best possible applicants being selected and must support the overall objective of College training. The aim is to produce intensive care specialists who are prepared for the full scope of intensive care practice.
The College offers recognition of RPL to a number of clinical disciplines and courses, so we encourage future trainees to use the time before being accepted onto the program to focus on the areas which will receive RPL. View the Guide to Recognition of Prior Learning.
This assessment is only completed upon request and submission of certified supporting evidence for fully registered CICM trainees.
The College has approved a proposal to increase the rural training term from 3-months to 6-months at Post Graduate Year 3 or above (PGY3+).
This change aligns with college's decision to adopt the Monash Modified Model -2019 (MMM-2019) for recognition of rural training location.
All applicants who are applying for trainee selection onto the College training program in 2022 will be required to complete 6 months training in a rural location at the level of PGY3+.
RPL may be considered for this requirement with the provision of suitable documentary evidence, such as a letter of service.
Rural Exposure FAQS
Specialist assessment may be the most suitable option for you. We encourage all Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) to explore the SIMG pathway first, before applying to the general training program. For more information, see SIMG information.
Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility requirements or application process, please contact the Training Department.
In order to proceed with applying to be a registered trainee of the College, applicants must be able to answer “YES” to all of the following questions:
Foundation training - Have you completed 6 months intensive care supervised experience in a CICM accredited unit within the last 3 years?
Contact Training if you have taken in excess of 4 weeks leave throughout the 6 months of intensive care practice as this may impact the suitability of this term.
Any qualifications or previous experience entered into the registration form and listed on your CICM Structured CV must be supported by appropriate certified documentation.
Electronic copes may be accepted provided they are sent to the College directly from the issuer or through verification services such as MyEquals. If this is unachievable, documentation must be either originals or copies certified using the AHPRA Certification Guide.
Applications will only proceed to the Trainee Selection Panel and SJTs if the following documents are received at a minimum:
The College expects that all prospective trainees must:
All applications to the training program MUST be accompanied by the contact details of three suitable referees.
Verified referees will be sent an email from the College requesting the completion of an online form. The College will communicate with all applicants once the request has been made and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the reference is completed in a timely manner.
Please head to the Structured CV section below to view the scoring grid for each section within the 'Example CV'.
Secondly, a number of questions regarding the applicant’s role and responsibilities are asked.
Finally, the referee is asked to make any additional comments including on whether they feel the applicant is suitable for the CICM Training Program or not.
The three referees can include the following:
All references must be for intensive care experience completed within three years of the date of when the form is submitted.
Applicants will be provided with the CICM Structured CV in their application pack PDF.
Any items listed in the CV MUST be accompanied by certified documentary evidence that is to be submitted before the close date, along with a completed application.
We recommend beginning to source all relevant documentation as early as possible as obtaining letters of service and course certificates from overseas bodies can take time.
The application process is extensive and prospective trainees must be organised to ensure all documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
As evidence of qualifications and training may be required from overseas bodies, applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process well before the intake closing dates.
The Trainee Selection Panel meet once a year to assess applications however, incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the Selection Panel.
Applications received after the advertised closing date will not be processed and will be referred to the following intake period.
Prospective applicants are also encouraged to read the Training Agreement which they will be required to sign upon successful registration to the College.
The closing date of the intake will determine the registration date for successful applicants.
Becoming a Trainee FAQs
If you intend to register with the college in 2022, you will be required to complete a minimum of 6-months at Post Graduate Year 3 or above (PGY3+) at a recognised rural training location based on the MMM-2019 model.
RPL may be granted for rural exposure and will be assessed upon request once selection has been finalised. Supporting evidence is required in the form of a Letter of Service to confirm training has been completed.
The College has adopted the Monash Modified Model -2019 (MMM-2019) for recognition of rural training location. The new model will not only expose trainees to more training facilities within MM2-7, but also will assist trainees planning their rural training term.
Need to know more? See Monash Modified Model
The rural exposure can be completed in any of the following formats:
The College offers a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment to all trainees who have been selected onto the training program and received their Assessment Letter.
Supporting evidence is required for all terms a trainee would like assessed for RPL and must be certified using the AHPRA Certification Guide. This includes course certificates, Fellowships for other Colleges and examination results.
To start, it is beneficial to read our Guide to Recognition of Prior Learning to find out what may be retrospectively accredited for you and what the Censor Panel assesses.
RPL can be given for the following, provided they were completed in PGY2 onwards:
NO RPL ASSESSMENTS WILL BE COMPLETED UNTIL REGISTRATION IS FINALISED.
All training, including retrospectively accredited terms, incurs fees.
For RPL, fees will be charged based on the annual training fee for the year that the RPL assessment took place (i.e., 2022). The fee will be pro-rated based on the number of months that are retrospectively accredited.
For example, if you receive 12 months of RPL, you will be required to pay the full annual training fee. If you receive 6 months of RPL, you will be charged 50% of the year’s annual training fee. Invoices for the RPL will be raised just before you are notified of the outcome of the RPL
assessment. They will be required to be paid in the time stipulated on the invoice.
To view costs, see College fees.
Should you require an extension to complete the payment and/or are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact Training Department to discuss.
A Letter of Service confirms that training has been completed.
They are required for your Internship Year (PGY1) and Foundation Training time.
This information must be provided on HOSPITAL LETTERHEAD and must include the following:
Although the College works to ensure the fastest outcome time possible, applications do take time to review and are processed in the order they are received.
If the application is complete and there are no pending documents or references, it will be submitted to the Trainee Selection Panel for review. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Once the Panel has reviewed your application, the College will notify you via email within 30 days of the outcome or if any additional documentation is required to complete the assessment.
All applications must be finalised within 6 months of the advertised application close date.
The Trainee Selection Panel reviews applications of doctors wanting to join the College training program. The College expects that a doctor entering the training program will be able to show all the values, attitudes and aptitudes required of a specialist in intensive care medicine.
The Training Agreement sets out the rights, responsibilities and obligations of each party involved in the CICM training process. A signed copy should be submitted after an applicant has been selected as a trainee.
If selected on the program, trainees will receive a letter outlining what has been recognised as prior learning and the remaining training and assessments required to become a Fellow.
The Assessment letter will also contain important information regarding Approval of Vocational Training forms (AVTs) and your Trainee Dashboard login details.
Only registered College trainees may sit the First Part Examination. You may apply to sit the examination as soon as you have received confirmation that your trainee registration has been approved by the Panel.
If you are planning to sit the First Part Examination, please advise the College when applying for trainee registration.
For further information see First Part Examination.
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