Practice Experience Program (PEP)

Helping non-VR doctors
prepare for
Fellowship exams

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This is your last chance to apply for the PEP under the current government funding scheme. Places are limited and we cannot guarantee every eligible applicant will be accepted. In the event that the program is oversubscribed, the RACGP will select applicants based on the criteria specified by the Commonwealth Government non-VR Fellowship Support Program grant. You can read our FAQs for more information.

Final application period:

  • 10 January – 1 February 2022
    program start date 1 July 2022 / program end date 30 June 2023

After the PEP

The RACGP is committed to developing a new education and training program to support doctors on the General Practice Experience (GPE) Pathway when the Department of Health subsidy for the Practice Experience Program (PEP) ends in June 2023. The PEP Standard Stream will be replaced by this self-funded program, with applications opening from mid-2022, for commencement in 2023.

You can read more on the webpage After the PEP.

Upcoming webinars

Are you interested in learning more about the PEP from the RACGP eligibility team?

Register your details below.

Wednesday 12 January, 2022, 7.00pm - 8.00 pm AEDT

 

The rules have changed
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It is now compulsory for all doctors to be enrolled in an RACGP approved program such as the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT), Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream or have completed the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream in order to be eligible to sit the RACGP exams.

Extraordinary exception: GPE Pathway candidates affected by the 2020.2 AKT and KFP cancellations* will have a six month extension, and will not be required to complete an RACGP-approved program before continuing to sit the Fellowship exams until 1 July 2022 (2022.2 semester).

For further information, please contact educationpolicy@racgp.org.au

*affected candidates are those who had a valid enrolment in the 2020.2 AKT and/or KFP as of 9am AEDT Friday 9 October 2020.

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General program information

Step 1

Apply for the PEP

To find out if you’re eligible to apply for the PEP, please refer to eligibility criteria.

For application dates, please refer to the 'Key dates' dropdown below.

Step 2

Enrol in the PEP Entry Assessment

After applying for the PEP, eligible candidates will be advised via email about how to enrol in and pay for the Practice Experience Program Entry Assessment (PEPEA).

This assessment tests situational knowledge and applied knowledge and passing it is a prerequisite for entering the program. The PEPEA cost is $725 and it is currently delivered in test centres in most capital cities in Australia.

You may be exempt from sitting the PEPEA once you have been deemed eligible for the PEP. For details, see the FAQs.

Please be aware that the outcome of the PEPEA is valid for 12 calendar months following the date of results release.

Step 3

Accept your offer

Once all your eligibility is confirmed and you've passed the PEPEA, you may be offered a place to start on the PEP in the next cohort.

Places are limited and we cannot guarantee that every eligible applicant will be accepted.

Step 4

Take part in PEP

Once enrolled in the program, you'll have access to the range of benefits available to the PEP participants, including mentorship and the ability to apply for a PEP provider number, which will unlock full A1 Medicare rebates.

You'll also be asked to undertake the Initial Core Skills Analysis (ICSA) in your first term and last term on the PEP. Data from this analysis will assist in viewing participant confidence, progression and development from commencement to completion on the PEP.

Step 5

General Practice Experience (GPE) assessment

In your final term of the PEP, you may be starting to think about your future enrolment in the RACGP Fellowship exams.

Prior to enrolling in any examination, participants must have completed a General Practice Experience (GPE) assessment.

GPE assessments can take up to 10 weeks to assess, from the date of receiving a complete application. If you don't have a GPE assessment outcome by the close of enrolments for the relevant exam period, you'll be unable to enrol in the exam.

For more information see the ‘Applying for a General Practice Experience Assessment’ guidance document.

Step 6

Sit the exams

Upon completion of the PEP, participants will be required to pass the RACGP Fellowship exams to be eligible for Fellowship.

There are three Fellowship exams:

  • Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
  • Key Feature Problem (KFP)
  • Clinical Examination, which depending on the time of sitting, is the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) or Clinical Competency Exam (CCE).

Step 7

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

The attainment of the FRACGP signifies that a GP has been assessed as competent across the core skills of general practice enabling him or her to practice safely, unsupervised, anywhere in Australia.

In short, the FRACGP denotes safe, specialised, high-quality general practice care.

PEP Application dates*

PEPEA Enrolment Closes*

PEPEA dates*

PEPEA Results Release*

Program commencement*

4 October – 25 October 2021

Thursday 2 December 2021

Thursday 13 January 2022
Friday 14 January 2022
Saturday 15 January 2022

Monday 14 February 2022

April 2022 - PEP 2022.2

10 January – 1 February 2022

Thursday 10 March 2022

Friday 1 April 2022
Saturday 2 April 2022

Tuesday 3 May 2022

July 2022 - PEP 2022.3

*Please note dates are subject to change.

There are no further application periods under the current government funding scheme.


Program fees and charges

Under the Department of Health’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy, the PEP is co-funded by the Commonwealth Government which reduces the cost of the program for eligible participants.

 The PEP Standard Stream fees are summarised below: 

PEP (Standard Stream)

Cost

PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA) $725.00
Co-funded Term Fee (6 months) $2,000.00
RACGP Membership fee (Registrar) 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022 (pro-rata) $474.00
PEP Exam Preparation (PEPExP) course fee $1990.00


It’s worth noting that PEP fees do not cover the costs of the RACGP Fellowship Exams – this is a separate fee that needs to be paid by anyone who chooses the sit the exams. See the RACGP fees and exam dates for more specific information.


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

 


To be eligible to apply for the PEP, you need to:

  • hold current Australian medical registration – please note that this registration can be general, provisional or limited (area of need) so long as practice location requirements are met; and
  • have a job or a job offer delivering comprehensive general practice services in Australia in an MMM2–7 area (check the eligible zones using the Health Workforce Locator).

If you satisfy both these criteria, you will be eligible to apply for the PEP.

Find out more about eligibility criteria.


Application dates for the PEP Standard Stream are noted above - under the 'Key dates' dropdown.

To be able to complete your online application, you will need:

  • your medical registration certificate
  • a comprehensive CV
  • a letter of support

Before completing your application, tick off every item listed in the PEP Standard Stream application information to minimise any unnecessary delays.

If you have a current provider number that you would like to roll over to the PEP, you will need your Approved Placement Outcome letter from Medicare.

You will also need to have your RACGP ID handy to access the application form.

If you don’t have an RACGP account, you will need to sign up to receive a unique user ID. The process will take approximately five minutes and then you can start your application.
 


Once your application is lodged, it will be reviewed by the RACGP eligibility team who will be able to confirm if you’re eligible to progress to the next stage of the application process.

PEP applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application via email three weeks after applications close. If you are deemed eligible, we will send you an invitation to enrol into the PEP Entry Assessment (PEPEA).


The PEPEA tests situational and applied knowledge and is held several weeks after PEP applications close. It costs $725 to sit the PEPEA and is delivered in test centres across most capital cities in Australia.

You must pass the PEPEA to be eligible to enter the program. Places are limited however, and we cannot guarantee every eligible applicant will be accepted.

More about the PEPEA

You can now prepare for your Fellowship exams with the PEP

The RACGP has introduced a course within the PEP to better support non-vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors in their preparation for Fellowship exams.

The Practice Experience Program Exam Preparation (PEPExP) course is optional. It is only available to PEP participants and aims to enhance your skills for the AKT and KFP RACGP Fellowship exams.

The PEPExP is delivered online by experienced RACGP Medical Educators and Examiners using authentic exam material from the RACGP exam question bank. The PEPExP will focus on developing your clinical reasoning skills, which are key to successfully completing the Fellowship exams.

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Unlock your practice potential

The RACGP’s PEP enables non-VR doctors to unlock their potential for Australian general practice.

With access to an extensive library of online learning courses and material, you can draw from and expand on your ongoing experience, building valuable knowledge and skills for the journey towards RACGP Fellowship, while accessing full A1 Medicare rebates.

About the Practice Experience Program

The PEP is a self-directed education and support program for non-VR doctors working towards Fellowship in regional, rural and remote Australia. It is delivered across the country in partnership with training organisations and is funded under the Non-Vocationally Registered Fellowship Support Program  as part of the Australian Government Department of Health’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

The program allows you to focus on your individual learning needs and the areas of Australian general practice most relevant to you. The minimum program duration is two terms (12 months) and the maximum time is five terms providing the educational time is finished by 30 June 2023 when the Government funding ends. To find out how your program duration will be determined if you're eligible for the PEP, you can visit our FAQs (see FAQ 10).

The content of the program includes online learning units, which are largely practice-based, and a comprehensive number of workplace based assessments (WBA). The learning units are not compulsory but the WBA components are. Participants can benefit from the support, guidance and educational advice of a specialist GP medical educator from their assigned training organisation.

 

Why should I apply for the PEP?

  • Develop your clinical reasoning skills and prepare for Fellowship exams with the exam preparation course, PEPExP.
  • Access full A1 Medicare rebates while participating in the PEP.
  • Stay at the one practice for the duration of the program (ie no rotations).
  • Access an extensive range of online learning units and focus your studies on areas you’d like to develop.
  • Be mentored by a specialist GP and obtain regular feedback from a clinical assessor.
  • Enhance your professional confidence while you prepare to sit the RACGP Fellowship exams.
  • Provide the highest quality of care to your community.

Learn more in this brochure.

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Why should my team members apply for the PEP?

  • Help your team take one step closer to Fellowship.
  • Realise your business potential with increased A1 Medicare rebates for non-VR doctors.
  • Ensure your team is eligible to sit exams when the rules for non-VR doctors change at the end of 2021.
  • Enhance quality of care for your local community with non-VR doctors having access to training resources.
  • Encourage professional development through PEP-appointed mentorship and assessment.
  • Contribute to the Australian Government Department of Health’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

Learn more in this brochure.


Contact us

Should you have further questions, please contact the RACGP on 1800 472 247 or email us at at pepadmin@racgp.org.au

If you would like to talk about local training options, please speak to a training organisation.

The information on this page relates to the Standard Stream of the PEP, suitable for non-VR doctors who do not hold a specialist qualification. International medical graduates who hold a recognised overseas specialist qualification should refer to the Specialist Stream for information relevant to their journey towards Fellowship.

Find out more about the PEP – Specialist Stream