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AGPT registrar training handbook

Training program requirements

Out-of-practice education

        1. Out-of-practice education

Last revised: 16 Feb 2024

Out-of-practice education

In addition to your in-practice education, you’ll participate in 125 hours of out-of-practice education to supplement your training in the workplace. These 125 hours will include Orientation days, larger workshops, and peer-led small group learning sessions. In addition, there are online modules and exam preparation sessions and although these are optional, they are an important adjunct to your learning and progression.

Regional workshops

Regional workshops bring registrars together from around your region for group learning. They are run by your regional team who will determine the format and topics based on the group’s learning needs. There’ll also be the opportunity to socialise and connect with your peers.

Some regional workshops are mandatory to attend, and others are optional. They will usually be run in a face-to-face format so you will be expected to travel to these. We recommend you make the most of these learning opportunities and attend as many as possible.

Peer learning groups

You’ll also attend a local peer learning group run by a local ME. In these small groups you’ll work with your peers and the ME(s) on topics from the RACGP Curriculum and syllabus. These sessions will be semi-structured and tailored to the learning needs of the group.

Participation in your peer learning group is mandatory throughout your general practice training terms.

Self-directed learning

During the AGPT program you’ll have access to a suite of online learning resources. This includes learning strategies, case consultation examples and the RACGP Curriculum and syllabus. You’ll also have access to the gplearning online modules.

Some online learning modules will be mandatory to complete and others optional. You’ll need to supplement the mandatory modules and out-of-practice teaching with these optional modules to ensure you cover the RACGP Curriculum and syllabus and your training plan.

Exam preparation

We provide training and support for your Fellowship exams preparation, including regional workshops, webinars, tutorials, peer study groups and mock exams. Your program team will provide you with the options available in your area as you progress to the exams.

What do I need to attend?

Registrars will attend a combination of larger workshops and peer-led small group learning sessions throughout their GPT1, GPT2 and GPT3 terms. You will need to attend a minimum of 125 hours of education whilst in GP term placements.

Every regional team will deliver an out-of-practice registrar education program that is mandatory for you to attend. Please speak to your program team for information specific to your region.

Table 2 shows one example of how a region may deliver education to their GPT1, GPT2 and GPT3 registrars. Please note this is one example only and there will be variations between regions regarding the combination of larger workshops and smaller session. However, as a guide, GPT1 registrars will attend approximately 54 hours of education, GPT2 registrars will attend 48 hours of education and GPT3 registrars will attend 24 hours of education in their regionally delivered out-of-practice program.

Table 2. An example of an out-of-practice education program

General Practice Term

Out-of-practice registrar education program

Educational hours registrars attend per term


Larger workshops


Local peer small learning groups


Two to three full day workshops

Multiple small group sessions in half or full days

54 hours


Two to three full day workshops

Multiple small group sessions in half or full days

48 hours


One full-day workshop

Multiple small group sessions in half or full days

24 hours

These activities will cover a range of topics, such as:

  • Orientation to the AGPT program for GPT1 registrars
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and health education, including cultural safety training.
  • Mental Health Skills Training – level 1 (MHST)
  • general practice procedures.

For more detail about education that is delivered in your region, please go to the Education calendar.

Your regional team will also determine some additional mandatory topics for your area. Your program team will give you more information on this during your orientation.

Full-time registrars are expected to attend all mandatory activities within the term. If you are a part-time registrar we encourage you, where possible, to complete your out-of-practice education, including attending activities, in a full-time capacity. If this is not possible for you, speak to your program team to discuss other arrangements.

Your training coordinator will let you know the dates of any mandatory out-of-practice learning activities for your region. It is your responsibility to communicate with your training site to ensure you can attend.

If you miss a compulsory educational activity, you’ll need to discuss with your ME how you will make up for the missed learning opportunity.