Clinical Competency Exam

About the Clinical Competency Exam

The Clinical Competency Exam (CCE) is the final exam on the pathway to Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). The CCE is a new exam for the 2021.2 cycle and replaces the long-standing Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), and the interim Remote Clinical Exam (RCE).

The CCE will be delivered over two consecutive weekends in November. Due to ongoing COVID-19 uncertainty, the inaugural CCE will be delivered entirely remotely. By making the decision to move to remote delivery early, we can give reassurance that the exam will continue regardless of travel restrictions, venue conditions or lockdowns.

How it works

Candidates will be presented with nine clinical cases – four case discussions and five clinical encounters. Each case will be 15 minutes in duration plus reading time. Different cases will be presented across each day. Cases across each exam day will test the same skills and competencies at Fellowship standard. For more details on multiple-day delivery, see the 2020.2 Remote Clinical Exam public report.

We ask candidates to keep both exam weekends listed below free until notified of their individual exam days and sessions. Candidates will be allocated one exam session for the case discussion component of the exam in the first weekend, and one session for the clinical encounters component in the second weekend. Each exam session will be up to three hours. Exam sessions will be allocated at the close of enrolments and will be communicated to candidates in the week commencing 4 October 2021.

To find out more about enrolment, eligibility, applying for special consideration, fees and exam dates, click here.

Upcoming dates

Monday 6 September 2021

9.00 am (AEST)

2021.2 CCE - Enrolments close

Saturday and Sunday 6–7 November 2021

2021.2 CCE – Day one: case discussions

Saturday and Sunday 13–14 November 2021

2021.2 CCE – Day two: clinical encounters

Thursday 16 December 2021

2021.2 CCE – Results released

Preparing for the exam

The best way to prepare for the clinical competency exam is to continue working in general practice. You also have access to a suite of free CCE-specific exam support resources.

The CCE exam preparation course on gplearning is presented in two modules – Introduction to the RACGP Clinical Competency Exam for Candidates and Preparing for the CCE Case Discussions and Clinical Encounters. The first module includes information on what is being assessed and how. The second module is a guided exam preparation activity that includes cases, marking grids and video examples of the competent and not yet competent candidate. To access the course, log in to gplearning then select ‘Exam Support’ from the quick links on your dashboard.

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Resources and other important information

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