Q What is a PESCI? Who is required to undertake one? [more]
PESCI (Pre-employment structured Clinical Interview) is an assessment for every international medical graduate (IMG) applying for registration via the Standard or Competent Authority Pathway. PESCIs are mandatory for international medical graduates seeking registration in Australia to practice in the following roles:
- General practice
- All non-specialist positions in private hospital facilities
- Senior medical officers (with or without right of private practice)
- Medical officers (with or without right of private practice)
- Medical superintendents (with or without right of private practice)
Q What documentation do I need to complete before applying for a PESCI? [more]
To apply for a PESCI, you must meet the National English Language Proficiency Requirement for IMGs. You must also pass the multiple choice question examination set by the Australia Medical Council (AMC) or hold the Advanced Standing Certificate, also issued by the AMC. The position must also be in the state you are planning to work as it is state/territory specific as well as position specific.
Q How do I apply for a PESCI Assessment? [more]
All documents are located on our website the PESCI Assessment Application page
- Download and complete the PESCI application form (form on website)
- Comprehensive CV
- A certified copy of your passport
- Position Description (in the required format)
- A signed declaration form (form on website)
Q How can I lodge my application form? [more]
You can lodge your application via fax, email or post
Post: ACRRM, GPO Box 2507, Brisbane QLD 4001
Fax: +61 7 3105 8299 Email: pesciacrrm [dot] org [dot] au
Q Where is the PESCI assessment held? [more]
ACRRM prefers to conduct face-to-face interviews at ACRRM offices (or nominated venues). If you are outside of Australia you can undertake the PESCI via video conference, the requirements are:
- Certified photo (passport) as proof of identity before the interview date
- Invigilator approved by ACRRM
- You will need to arrange both the interview venue and invigilator – approved by ACRRM (see PESCI video conference rules and regulations for full details). Please note that Skype is NOT permitted.
- You will meet all costs of the video conference, including paying the invigilator and paying the costs incurred by the Panel in Australia
Q What does the PESCI involve? [more]
The PESCI is a ‘fitness for task’ interview which is scenario based. The panel will be assessing your skills, knowledge and experience for the position for which you are seeking registration.
To do this the panel will, in the first instance, review the documentation you have provided. It is important to note that the assessment will refer to the position description. In preparing for your interview, the panel will specifically focus on the details and requirements of the position as set out in part C of the position description as this informs their choice of the 4 scenarios which will be used in the assessment. Candidates can expect that the scenarios used will assess against the selection criteria for the position and that the panel will consider the orientation program planned to help you fulfil the role to ensure it meets the set guidelines.
Candidates should note the main priority of the panel is to ensure your experience, skills and knowledge are appropriate for the position you have applied for including the level of supervision for the position and the clinical environment.
Q What preparation can I do before sitting a PESCI? [more]
There are no documents to study before a PESCI. It is suggested that you familiarise yourself with the practice and position you plan to work in as this will provide you with the best preparation for a PESCI.
Q How can I apply for an exemption from sitting a PESCI? [more]
You must apply in writing to AHPRA for an exemption. Please remember that a PESCI is a mandatory requirement for ALL international medical graduates on the Standard or Competent Authority Pathway.
An exemption may be granted if you have completed a PESCI in another State or Territory, but this is decided by AHPRA.
Q How long is the interview? [more]
Each interview will take approximately 90 minutes and will include question-and-answer sections and discussions based upon scenarios selected by the panel.
Q What is the fee? [more]
The fee for a PESCI is $1500.00 (Australian dollars) plus 10% GST - total of $1650.00 AUD to be paid BEFORE sitting your PESCI. If you are sitting your PESCI via video conference, the fee is $1,500 (Australian Dollars) plus any video conferencing charges incurred.
Q Will I receive a copy of my outcome report? [more]
ACRRM will send you a short summary of the outcomes report (via email only) once this has been sent to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and approved by them for release. This typically takes 14 WORKING DAYS from the date of your PESCI. Please do not contact ACRRM until after this time if your report has not been sent.
Q How can I gain feedback regarding my PESCI results? [more]
You may contact ACRRM to gain feedback about your result up to 21 days after your PESCI. Please send an email request to pesciacrrm [dot] org [dot] au and this will be arranged with the IMG program manager. Please note that the feedback will be provided via telephone only.