PEP Specialist Stream eligibility requirements

Specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) must undertake a comparability assessment to determine eligibility to apply for entry into the PEP Specialist Stream Program.

Please read the Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Comparability Policy and review the list of comparability assessment criteria before you apply for a comparability assessment here.

There are three parts to the application process for assessing your eligibility to enter the Program:

Part A – Comparability assessment

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a recognised specialist general practice qualification and provide evidence of the training route completed
  2. Assessment type - completed a summative assessment comprising both theoretical and practical components equivalent to those utilised within the RACGP examinations.
  3. Recency of practice - your experience within both the last 12 months and last four years must meet the requirements of the Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Assessment of Recency Policy
  4. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - completion of 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months and complete either a clinical audit in the last 36 months or 10 case analyses on the RACGP template
  5. Continuity of practice - explain any gaps in clinical practice of longer than three months

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the PEP Specialist Stream, you may consider the PEP Standard Stream to support your journey to the FRACGP. Please refer to the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework for further information.

Applicants who receive a comparability outcome categorisation of Substantially Comparable or Partially Comparable will proceed to Part B.

Part B – Job offer approval application

  1. Your job must meet the minimum part-time requirement of 14.5 hours over 2 days
  2. Your job must be in comprehensive general practice in an approved practice location

These definitions are found in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy

Applicants with an approved job offer will proceed to Part C.  

Part C – Right to work application

Applicants must provide evidence of the following:
  1. Visa details including evidence of visa type
  2. Health workforce certificate
  3. Australian medical registration
Canada Certification in the College of Family Physicians 
Hong Kong Fellow of Hong Kong College of Family Physicians
Ireland Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
Malaysia Membership of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia
Malta Specialist in Family Medicine 
New Zealand Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 
United Kingdom Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners 
Netherlands Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice 
Spain Specialist in Family and Community Medicine 
Sweden Certificate of Specific Training for General Practice 
USA Certification of the American Board of Family Medicine 
Belgium Master of Family Medicine
Belgium Master of General Practice
Germany Certification of Further Education in the Area of General Practice
India Diplomate of National Board for the Practice of Family Medicine
Kenya Masters of Family Medicine 
Latvia General Practice Specialty Qualification
Nigeria Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Family Medicine 
Philippines Diplomate of Family and Community Medicine
Poland Specialist General Practice Qualification
Singapore Masters in Family Medicine
South Africa Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa 
South Africa Masters of Family Medicine, University of Witwatersrand 
Sri Lanka MD Family Medicine
Switzerland Postgraduate Training Diploma - General Practitioner
United Kingdom Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners - International (MRCGP-INT)

Qualification not listed

If your specialist qualification is not listed, your training curriculum has not been assessed against the RACGP 2016 Curriculum. Your curriculum must be assessed before you can apply for a comparability assessment.

To have your curriculum assessed, you must provide the following:

  1. An official copy of your specialist general practice college/training organisation/Medical Board training curriculum
  2. An official letter from your Training Organisation confirming:
    1. this is their curriculum;
    2. curriculum year;
    3. the specialist general practice qualification it leads to; and
    4. the year you obtained this qualification.

If any of these documents are not in English, you must provide a copy of the original and an official English translation.

Please complete the interactive application form, print, sign and return all documents to the RACGP scanned by email to educationsupport@racgp.org.au

Curriculum assessments take up to 10 weeks to assess. Assessors will review your specialist colleges’ curriculum against the RACGP curriculum.


 Request for curriculum comparison form (PDF 484 KB)