Clinical Competency Exam

About the Clinical Competency Exam

The Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) is the final exam on the pathway to Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).

The CCE is an online exam delivered via Zoom.

How it works

Candidates will be presented with nine clinical cases – four case discussions and five clinical encounters. Each case is 15 minutes in duration plus reading time.  

Four cases are in the format of a case discussion that involves a candidate discussing a case with the examiner. Five cases are clinical encounters where the candidate directly interacts with a role-player while the examiner observes and assesses.

Cases across each exam day will test the same skills and competencies at Fellowship standard. Each exam day will have a mix of case discussions and clinical encounters. 

The CCE is delivered over two consecutive weekends. We ask candidates to keep both exam weekends listed below free until notified of their individual exam days and sessions. Each exam session will be up to three hours. Exam sessions will be allocated at the close of enrolments and will be communicated to candidates as soon as practicable. 

To find out more about enrolment, eligibility, applying for special arrangements, fees and exam dates, click here


Upcoming dates – 2023.2 CCE

Enrolments open 9:00am (AEST) on Friday 4 August 2023
Enrolments close 11:59pm (AEST) on Thursday 31 August 2023
Exam day one Saturday and Sunday 11-12 November 2023
Exam day two Saturday and Sunday 18-19 November 2023
Results released Wednesday 20 December 2023

Upcoming dates – 2024.1 CCE

Enrolments open 9:00am (AEDT) on Tuesday 5 March 2024
Enrolments close 11:59pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 2 April 2024
Exam day one Saturday and Sunday 15-16 June 2024
Exam day two Saturday and Sunday 22-23 June 2024
Results released Thursday 25 July 2024

Upcoming dates – 2024.2 CCE

Enrolments open 9:00am (AEST) on Tuesday 6 August 2024
Enrolments close 11:59pm (AEST) on Tuesday 3 September 2024
Exam day one Saturday and Sunday 9-10 November 2024
Exam day two Saturday and Sunday 16-17 November 2024
Results released Wednesday 18 December 2024

Preparing for the exam

The best way to prepare for the clinical competency exam is to continue working in general practice. You also have access to a suite of free CCE-specific exam support resources. 

The CCE exam preparation course on gplearning is presented in two modules – Introduction to the RACGP Clinical Competency Exam for Candidates and Preparing for the CCE Case Discussions and Clinical Encounters. The first module includes information on what is being assessed and how. The second module is a guided exam preparation activity that includes cases, marking grids and video examples of the competent and not yet competent candidate. To access the course, log in to gplearning. Then to locate Exam specific content you can either:

  • go to the LMS Dashboard, scroll down to the Content Quick Search and click on Exam, or
  • go to the Browse tool and search for Exams

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