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Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

This page is for candidates wanting to find out about, apply for, prepare for and take the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).

For detailed requirements, please refer to the Examinations chapter [PDF; 1.3 MB] of the 2012 Fellowship Program regulations, policies and procedures.

See also:
Results, timetables and fee information
Previous OSCE stations

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The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a practical clinical exam. It is a summative assessment of the RANZCP Fellowship Program.

It assesses clinical competencies across a range of psychiatric practice areas. The exam is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

The exam runs for 180 minutes and is made up of 12 stations:

  • eight short stations, each of 10 minutes duration (examined by one examiner)
  • three long stations, each of 20 minutes duration (examined by two examiners)
  • one bye station of 20 minutes duration, which could be active or inactive.

The OSCE is offered twice a year at rotating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Refer to the exam timetable for dates and details.


The RANZCP recommends that trainees take the OSCE in Stage 3 of training.

Trainees are eligible to apply for the OSCE after they have completed 30 months FTE training as shown on their Training Record. They should have successfully completed the OSCE by 60 months FTE training.

How to apply

Application for the April 2017 OSCE has closed.
Application for the September 2017 OSCE will be available from May 2017.

Exam support resources

Previous exams

Previous OSCE stations

Timing and candidate movement

The OSCE sample master timetable [PDF; 265 KB] detail timings and candidate movement through the stream.

Blueprint descriptors and station coverage

The stations will be mapped to the OSCE Blueprint Descriptors, areas of practice accredited for the Fellowship Program and to the CanMEDS roles and Fellowship Competencies.

For exam day

Incident reports

If an incident occurred during your exam that could have affected your performance or the outcome of the exam, please complete an Incident Report form within 5 working days of taking the exam. A response to your incident report will be included in your result letter.


Results are released on the dates specified in the exam timetable. When released, results are available from the Results, timetables, fees page. 

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