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Boards of Studies

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The purpose of this Regulation is to describe the role and responsibilities of the Jurisdictional Boards of Studies. 


A jurisdictional Committee may create a Board of Studies to advise the Committee on the delivery of specific jurisdictional training programs for Candidates. Such training programs will support and supplement the national training program and will be developed within the framework of the College’s fellowship training curriculum. 

The Chairs of a Board of Studies will be appointed by the Education and Training Committee on the recommendation of the jurisdictional committee. The Chair of a Board of Studies will be an elected member of the jurisdictional Committee. 

The term of office of the Chair of the Board of Studies is three years. 

Chairs of Boards of Studies will normally be members of the College Training Sub-Committee, of the Board’s Education and Training Committee. 


The Chair of the Board of Studies will: 

  • convene meetings of the Board of Studies;
  • liaise between the Chairs of the Training Sub-Committee and the Credentialling Committee, the Censor in Chief and the National Office
  • attend meetings of the College Training Sub-Committee;
  • provide advice when requested to the College Credentialling Sub Committee and the National Office on matters relating to applications for candidacy and advanced standing
  • provide advice when requested on the allocation of preceptors, coaches and mentors
  • attend by invitation the annual meeting of the Education and Training Committee, held in association with the oral examinations, to discuss the various policy issues relating to the entrance requirements of the College.


The role of each of the Boards of Studies is to: 

  • monitor the progress of Candidates within the jurisdiction;
  • advise the National Office of about the allocation of Preceptors for each Candidate within the jurisdiction;
  • assist Candidates in obtaining books and other literature – with relevant resources as may be necessary for the examination process;
  • advise the Credentialing Sub-Committee concerning the appropriateness of positions relating to the College requirements for supervised workplace experience;
  • advise and develop standards for accreditation of training positions;
  • provide advice to the Credentialling Committee about exemptions granted to Candidates for passing locally approved tertiary courses;
  • review academic and experiential training for individual Candidates and make recommendations to the Training Sub-Committee and the Credentialling Committee as required;
  • advise the jurisdictional Committee and the Training Committee of the performance of Candidate training rotations
  • liaise with the National Office to facilitate training rotations for Candidates as part of the Commonwealth funded Specialist Training Programs
  • organise trial oral examinations for Candidates from time-to-time;
  • review reports from Preceptors on the progress of each Candidate and submit these to the Training Sub Committee through the Preceptor Co-ordinator;
  • counsel Candidates who have unsatisfactory examination results or who are the subject of unsatisfactory Preceptor reports;
  • report items of contention, interest or difficulty that Candidates have experienced in that jurisdiction to the Chair Education and Training Cub-Committee;
  • make recommendations to the Credentialling Committee as to whether university courses satisfy College requirements for theoretical studies. In making such recommendations, each jurisdictional Board of Studies, through its Chair, is responsible for monitoring any changes in title or content of local courses;
  • provide such advice and reports to the Chair Education and Training and the Censor in Chief as requested;
  • report on a regular basis to the jurisdictional Committee and be involved with that Committee in developing education, experience and training programs;
  • be involved in the processing of applications for candidacy in the fellowship training program where requested;
  • advise the National Office about the assessment of candidates in the first 12 months to determine suitability to continue

Related Documents

Regulation: Jurisdictional Committees 
Terms of Reference: Education and Training Committee 
Terms of Reference: Training Sub-Committee
Terms of Reference: Credentialling Sub-Committee