About the PEP

All you need to know about the program – PEP Standard stream

The RACGP’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) is a self-directed education program designed to support non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors on their journey to RACGP Fellowship. The Non-Vocationally Registered Fellowship Support Program (FSP) is funded by the Australian Government’s (Department of Health) Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

From 2022 onwards, it will be compulsory for all doctors to complete an RACGP approved program in order to be eligible to sit the RACGP exams.

The program consists of terms which are six-months in duration, and involves completion of a minimum of five online learning units per term. The length of time on the program will range from a minimum of two terms (12 months) to a maximum of five terms (30 months). 

Because participants are working in practice, the unit activities are largely practice-based. This has the dual benefit of enabling participants to put new knowledge and skills into practice while spreading the workload between the workplace and home.

Once allocated a place in the program, applicants will be assigned to an appropriate Training Organisation (TO). This will be based on the applicant's practice location and the TO capacity. There will be a pre-determined number of places available with each TO. Please note the program is designed for Doctors working in MMM2 to MMM7 areas, for more information, read our FAQs.

Practice Experience Program Entry Assessment (PEPEA)

You may be eligible to attempt the PEPEA without meeting all of the entry criteria for the PEP. For details, see the PEPEA FAQs.

PEP Application dates

PEPEA dates

Program commencement*

30 September – 18 October 2019

Saturday 11 January 2020

April 2020 – PEP 2020.2

13 January – 31 January 2020

Friday 3 April 2020

July 2020 – PEP 2020.3

PEP Application dates

PEPEA dates

Program commencement*

14 April – 4 May 2020

Saturday 4 July 2020

October 2020 – PEP 2020.4

6 July – 24 July 2020

Friday 18 September 2020

January 2021 – PEP 2021.1

*You may sit the PEPEA and commence the PEP at a later date. For example, you may sit the PEPEA on Friday 1 November and commence the PEP in April 2020, July 2020, or October 2020. You will have to request this through pepadmin@racgp.org.au.


For information related to eligibility criteria, please see eligibility criteria.

Step 1


Step 2

Enrol in the PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA)

Step 3

Complete the Initial Core Skills Analysis (ICSA)


ICSA components:

  • Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ)
  • Simulated consultations
  • Self-reflection questionnaire

Step 4

Undertake the program


Complete all requirements as outlined in each participants program agreement

Step 5



Fellowship exams:

  • AKT
  • KFP
  • OSCE

Award of Fellowship

Please be aware that your PEPEA result is valid for 12 months from the time you sat the assessment.

Also note that the PEPEA dates are subject to change at the discretion of the RACGP.

Results from ICSA will recommend a program, refer to Information about Program Variation for more information.

Program costs

For information related to program costs, please see program fees.