In response to COVID-19, the RACGP had to rapidly introduce a new clinical exam – the RCE – to replace the OSCE. The RCE ran three times, in 2020.1, 2020.2 and 2021.1. From 2021.2, the RCE was replaced by a new, permanent clinical exam, the CCE.
To account for the disturbance to exam preparation, any candidate eligible to sit either the RCE or the CCE in 2020 or 2021 will be granted an additional semester in their candidacy, lifting the limit from six semesters in three years to seven semesters in 3.5 years.
This does not extend to candidates who only become eligible for the CCE in 2022 or later.
Candidates affected by the October 2020 exam delivery failure who become eligible for the RCE or CCE in 2020 or 2021 are granted a total of two additional semesters, to a maximum of eight semesters over four years.