Training pathways

ACRRM has three pathways that lead to Fellowship:

  • Australian General Practice Training (AGPT)
  • Independent Pathway (IP)
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)

All pathways lead to Vocational Recognition with Medicare Australia, Specialist Registration as a General Practitioner through the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and are recognised in reciprocal arrangements with other medical colleges.

The table below provides a summary with detailed information available through the links.

  Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Independent Pathway (IP) Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)
Suited to Recent graduates and experienced doctors who prefer formal, educator directed learning Experienced doctors, who prefer self directed learning Recent graduates and experienced doctors who prefer formal, educator directed learning
Eligibility Must have general medical registration

Must be an Australian permanent resident or citizen
May have general or limited medical registration

May have temporary Australian residency
May have general or limited medical registration

May have temporary Australian residency
RPL Up to two years Up to three years Up to two years
Training Organisation Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) ACRRM RVTS
Supervision Mainly onsite Mainly onsite Mainly offsite
Location Metropolitan, rural and remote facilities

ACRRM accredited post
Metropolitan, rural and remote facilities

ACRRM accredited post
Continue to work and live in your rural or remote community ACRRM accredited post
Fees Training - government funded

Assessment - self funded
Training - self funded

Assessment - self funded
Training - government funded

Assessment – self funded
Quotas There are quotas for each RTO No quotas There are quotas for the Remote and AMS streams
Application Process
  1. Apply to ACRRM for a specific region
  2. Selection by ACRRM
  3. Accepted by an RTO
  4. Enrol with RTO
  1. Apply to ACRRM
  2. Selection by ACRRM
  3. Enrol with ACRRM
  1. Apply to RVTS
  2. Selection by RVTS
  3. Enrol with ACRRM
Applications dates Usually April Usually February and October Usually June
Training commences January / February June and January February
Website http://www.agpt.com.au Independent Pathway http://rvts.org.au/

If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG) and hold recognised overseas general practice qualifications, you may be eligible to embark on our Specialist Pathway to obtain Fellowship of ACRRM.

If you hold an Australian general practice qualification and have extensive rural or remote experience, you may be eligible for Rural Experienced Entry to Fellowship through the Independent Pathway.