Apply for FTP Candidacy

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  Applications for 2020 Candidacy open mid July 2019 and close 31 October 2019. The 2020 Fellowship Training Program will commence in February 2020. For enquiries , please contact the College office on (03) 9824 4699.


To join the RACMA Fellowship Training Program (FTP), you must meet the following criteria:

  1.  An undergraduate medical degree from a recognised Australian or New Zealand university or equivalent.
  2.  Current general or specialist medical registration in Australia or New Zealand.
  3.  A minimum of three years full time clinical experience involving direct patient care.
  4.  A medical management position. This may be a training post or a substantive position that will allow the Candidate to develop the appropriate medical management competencies. This post will normally be in Australia or New Zealand.


  • The post must be approved by RACMA as an accredited training post to ensure eligibility of candidacy. Candidates must complete a minimum of 3 years full time equivalent (FTE) of Supervised Medical Management Practice to be eligible to complete the FTP. Part-time candidates must be at least 0.5 FTE in a medical administration training post.
  • An application for accreditation of training post form must be submitted with the application for Candidacy to be considered for entry to the FTP at RACMA.
  • You can view some of the available medical administration positions across Australia and New Zealand on the job postings page here.
    • For more information on availability of medical administration roles in your region, please contact your Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training here.
    • In the event that you do not hold a position, you may wish to complete an Expression of Interest Part A - Part B.
      • NB: Submission of an Expression of Interest does not guarantee employment in a training post or entry into RACMA Fellowship Training Program.
  • All applicants for Candidacy must forward the RACMA Referee Report to their Referees, who must in turn submit their report directly to the college at Referee reports submitted with Candidacy applications will not be accepted. Please download the Referee form here.


Eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience

Doctors with demonstrated experience in medical management in Australia or New Zealand may seek Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE) when applying for entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program. The level of RPLE awarded will reduce the required period of Supervised Medical Management Practice.

The following applicants for candidacy are eligible to apply for RPLE:

  • Doctors who are Clinical Specialists with substantial medical management experience in the Australian and New Zealand health system. 


These Applicants are expected to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • maintain substantial (up to 0.6) clinical roles in a health service;
  • have at least five years experience as a specialist in Australia or New Zealand;
  • be engaged in medical management for at least two days a week (0.4 EFT);
  • have at least two years experience as a Clinical Director or Head of Unit; and
  • already be operating at least at the Clinical Director/ Senior Director level at a health service.


  • Doctors with significant demonstrated experience in medical management in Australia or New Zealand health system.


These Applicants are expected to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • interest in the broader issues of healthcare and influencing health outcomes in Australia and NZ;
  • strong background in clinical and medical professional governance;
  • current practicing general or specialist medical registration in Australia or New Zealand;
  • demonstrated ongoing management and leadership learning and roles;
  • formal postgraduate studies in health management (highly desirable); and
  • senior medical management experience in executive medical administration/management roles of at least 0.8 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) over a 5 year period as a minimum in Australian and New Zealand health system.


Applicants wishing to apply for RPLE must at a minimum meet all the pre-requisites for standard pathway entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program. Applicants will need to demonstrate to an RPLE Interview Panel that they have relevant existing competencies for the award of RPLE and entry into a modified training program.


Request for Recognition of Credit

Credit may be granted for learning through formal and relevant university studies undertaken at Master's degree level commenced or completed before application for RACMA Candidacy. The award for credit is not automatic and does not reduce the length of time in the Fellowship Training Program. Application for Credit must be formally made on the RACMA Credit Application Form.

The RACMA Fellowship Training Program fees are outlined HERE. Please note all RACMA fees are subject to change by the RACMA Board on the advice of the RACMA Finance and Audit Committee.

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