Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook

Part 2: RACGP Fellowship Examinations

3. Withdrawing from an examination

Last revised: 06 May 2022

The RACGP understands that candidates may need to withdraw from an examination in which they are enrolled. To withdraw from an examination, candidates must email

A candidate will be required to withdraw from an examination if they no longer meet the exam eligibility requirements eg because they have lost their Australian medical registration. Candidates must disclose all changes to their medical registration including any restrictions, conditions, suspensions and/or undertakings on their practice to the RACGP. Failure to do so will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy. Candidates must disclose changes to their medical registration via email to

Enrolment fees cannot be transferred to a subsequent sitting of an examination. Withdrawal fees may apply if a candidate withdraws from an examination. Enrolment fees will be refunded according to the following schedule:

Date request for withdrawal is received

Fee refund

At least 20 business days before the scheduled exam date

Enrolment fee, minus $100 withdrawal fee

Less than 20 business days before the scheduled exam date

No refund

For withdrawals within the 19 business days of the scheduled exam date, a candidate may apply for a special exemption to the refund schedule above if affected by extenuating and unforeseen circumstances. The RACGP determines the special exemption and the refund amount on a case-by-case basis. Factors such as costs already incurred by the RACGP will be taken into consideration when determining this amount and for some applications a partial refund may be provided. A candidate may apply for special exemption by submitting the Special Exemption Application Form to

Extenuating and unforeseen circumstances are considered on a case by case basis, but must relate to circumstances which were unforeseen, outside the candidate’s control and which can be shown to have a direct and significant impact on the candidate’s ability to sit the scheduled assessment, including:

  1. ill-health (other than minor illnesses) with valid certificates;
  2. carer’s leave with valid certificates;
  3. bereavement;
  4. acute adverse life circumstances
  5. hospitalisation;
  6. Australian Defence Force deployment leave;
  7. Other circumstances involving significant changes to a participant’s circumstances.

Please see clause 4.9 below for the consequences of non-attendance at an exam without a sanctioned withdrawal from that exam.

CCE candidates requires a pass in both the AKT and KFP prior to sitting their clinical exam.

Candidates who enrol in all three Fellowship examinations in the same semester but fail the AKT and/or KFP will be withdrawn from the CCE and refunded the full enrolment fee following the publication of the prerequisite exam results.

This event attracts CPD points and can be self recorded

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