What do I need to include in my application?
You’ll need to include a portfolio of your relevant training and experience in your RPLE application.
Your portfolio should include evidence that the learning outcomes of the hospital or extended skills terms for which you are applying for credit have been met. It’s your responsibility to obtain and provide the necessary documentation, including for each of the disciplines in which you have training or experience (even if undertaken in the same hospital).
Provide evidence that shows:
- you have satisfactorily participated in educational activities
- you have satisfactorily participated in formative assessment
- your assessment results have been satisfactory.
In the case of an application for RPLE of extended skills training, you’ll also need to show how the activities you completed expanded your skills and experience in a specific area relevant to general practice, to ensure it is equivalent to undertaking an extended skills training term during the training program.
If your experience was more than five years ago, you must provide additional evidence demonstrating that you have maintained the knowledge and skills acquired in the post.
Your application may include up to seven weeks of approved leave per year pro rata, which may include any combination of personal leave, sick or carers leave and educational leave.
What to include in your portfolio:
- Your curriculum vitae.
- Statements of service from hospital(s) and/or community post(s).
- Details of how supervision was provided.
- Evidence of medical registration.
- The names and contact details of three past supervisors who can act as referees to discuss your knowledge and skills, particularly in relation to training for general practice.
- Assessment forms for each post. If an assessment form for a particular post is unavailable, we will consider a letter from the supervisor detailing your performance in the post.
If you can’t provide the necessary evidence
In exceptional circumstances, where it isn’t possible to provide the evidence listed above, you may provide an explanation of why that evidence isn’t available and submit alternative relevant evidence to support your application. Provide at least two of the following evidence sources, as relevant:
- a de-identified patient log
- relevant information, for example, conference papers, research grants, publications, committee activity, testimonials
- a case study analysis
- a log of educational activities you have attended, with an explanation of how the activities relate to your learning objectives
- a written essay of 500 words explaining how the training experience helps you meet the learning outcomes. The essay should address the experience with reference to the domains of general practice (see RACGP Curriculum and syllabus).
- evidence of enrolment in another training program that includes assessment and feedback.
Completing your application and gathering the necessary evidence takes time. Statements of service and other documentation from hospitals can take up to six weeks to obtain, so request these as early as possible.