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What is ACRRM’s Competent Authority Pathway?
In line with the Council of Australian Government’s directive to implement a ‘Nationally Consistent Assessment of International Medical Graduates”, ACRRM has developed the ACRRM Competent Authority Pathway for General Practice. The pathway is accredited by the Australian Medical Council and is open for enrolments.
The ACRRM Competent Authority Pathway for general practice enables IMGs’ wishing to work in General Practice in Australia to undergo a fair and accredited assessment to achieve general registration via a combination of workplace based assessments and supervisor reports.
Please note that if you are in hospital based practice or plan to work in hospital based practice, you should refer to the Competent Authority Pathway for Hospital Based Practice.
What is Workplace Based Assessment?
ACRRM’s assessment process will use two workplace based assessment tools based on observation of the IMG in the course of discharging the responsibilities assigned, in order to manage the perceived risk of conflict of interest; Supervisor reports and Multi-Source Feedback (MSF). These will determine if the IMG is meeting, or has met, the learning objectives set out in their supervised practice plan.
The rationale for having dual assessment tools is to ensure that feedback on the IMG’s progress is received from multiple sources of differing relationships with the IMG in the work environment thereby limiting potential bias or conflict of interest.
Candidates, through the Medical Board, can apply to ACRRM as an accredited provider to undertake a 12 month period of supervised practice and workplace based assessment once Advanced Standing is issued and limited registration granted.
A supervised practice plan will be developed in consultation with the ACRRM approved supervisor and candidate and submitted to ACRRM for approval. The supervised practice plan will establish the learning objectives and proposed professional development activities to be undertaken by the IMG during the 12 month period of supervised practice.
During the 12 month period of supervised practice, the candidate will be required to undertake the following assessments:
- Formative Multi Source Feedback (MSF)
- Summative Multi Source Feedback (MSF)
- 3 Supervisor Reports
Before you apply
If you are interested in enrolling into the Competent Authority Pathway for general practice, please ensure that you complete these steps first:
- Check your eligibility against the categories table below
- Apply for your Advanced Standing Certificate from the Australian Medical Council (AMC)
- Apply and have limited registration by the relevant State registration office (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) AHPRA.
Eligible categories of international qualifications
If you meet the conditions in one of the categories A, B, C, D or E, you may be eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway.
|Category A||UNITED KINGDOM General Medical Council (GMC)|
| ||I have successfully completed the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test since 1975, AND THEN: |
Have successfully completed the Foundation Year 1or 12 months supervised training (Internship equivalent) approved by the GMC in the United Kingdom or another AMC designated Competent Authority country.
|Category B||UNITED KINGDOM General Medical Council (GMC)|
| ||I am a graduate of a medical course conducted by a medical school in the United|
Kingdom accredited by the General Medical Council, AND HAVE THEN:
Successfully completed the Foundation Year 1or 12 months supervised training (Internship equivalent) approved by the GMC in the United Kingdom or another AMC designated Competent Authority country.
|Category C||CANADA Medical Council of Canada|
| ||I have successfully completed the licentiate examinations of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) since 1992|
|Category D||UNITED STATES Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates|
| ||I have successfully completed the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1, |
Step 2 and Step 3 since 1992
I have successfully completed a minimum of two years of graduate medical education
within a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.
|Category E||NEW ZEALAND Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)|
| ||I have successfully completed the New Zealand Registration Examination|
I have successfully completed the required rotating internship (four runs accredited
by the MCNZ).
|Category F||IRELAND Medical Council of Ireland|
I am a Graduate of a Medical School in Ireland accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland
I have successfully completed an internship in Ireland (certificate of experience) or in another Competent Authority country approved by the Medical Council of Ireland
If you meet the criteria above, you can begin the enrolment process completing the enrolment form.
Nominated Supervisor Requirements
Please note that your nominated supervisor will need to be accredited by ACRRM. The policy outlines the criteria for this accreditation process.
A training flowchart
View an indicative flowchart outlining the steps involved in progressing through the pathway.
ACRRM’s fee structure has been designed to be simple and clearly linked to the individual components of the Competent Authority Pathway process. The Competent Authority Pathway fee structure including an explanation of each component can be found here.
The Medical Board of Australia has provided further information about general registration here.