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Admission to Fellowship – overseas specialists

RANZCP coat of arms on stained glass windowUpon completion and approval of all Specialist Pathway requirements, and meeting the eligibility requirements listed below, specialist international medical graduate (SIMG) candidates are eligible to apply for Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

Eligibility to apply for RANZCP Fellowship

Once all requirements of the Specialist Pathway have been completed and approved, candidates are responsible for ensuring the following criteria are met in order to be eligible for RANZCP Fellowship:

  • candidates must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) for the entire Fellowship ratification process – a certificate of registration should be submitted with the application for Fellowship;
  • primary source verification (PSV) must be finalised for the basic medical qualification and all components of the highest specialist qualification (for example, candidates who attained their highest specialist qualification in the UK must have the MRCPsych and the CCT qualifications verified, and candidates from Sri Lanka must have the MD(Psych) and Board Certification verified) – refer to the Primary Source Verification page of the AMC website for further details.

RANZCP Fellowship admission process

Submission of application for admission to RANZCP Fellowship

SIMG candidates are required to submit a completed SIMG application for Fellowship form and pay the application fee.  The fee covers the administration costs (checking of training records, financial status, checking of registration details etc.) associated with the process. The application should be submitted to the RANZCP SIMGE team by email to simge@ranzcp.org.

Partial Comparability candidates

On completion of all Partial Comparability requirements, including the required period of supervised practice, candidates may submit a SIMG application for Fellowship form [PDF; 301 KB] and pay the current application fee. The application form may be sent at the same time candidates submit their final term paperwork.

The Partial Comparability Assessment Review Panel (PCARP) will then review all assessment results and recommend to the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE) that the application for Fellowship be approved. Once approved, the application for Fellowship is reviewed by the College Legal Counsel and ratified by the Education Committee (EC) prior to admission to Fellowship by the RANZCP Board.

Substantial Comparability candidates

On completion of the twelve month Substantial Comparability placement, once all workplace-based assessments have been successfully completed, candidates are required to submit the End of placement - supervisor and employer declaration form [PDF; 84 KB] to comparability@ranzcp.org. Candidates may also submit a SIMG application for Fellowship form [PDF; 94 KB] and pay the current application fee at this time.

End of placement forms should be submitted as soon as possible after the end date of your placement to ensure there are no delays in the admission to Fellowship process, however the College will not accept forms submitted prior to this date as the placement would not have been completed before this date.

The Substantial Comparability Assessment Review Panel (SCARP) will then review all assessment results and recommend to the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE) that the end of placement be approved.

All candidates

Following CSIMGE approval of the successful end of placement, the application for Fellowship is reviewed by the College Legal Counsel and ratified by the Education Committee (EC) prior to admission to Fellowship by the RANZCP Board.

The Fellowship ratification process will take approximately six (6) weeks from the date of CSIMGE approval. Education Committee ratification and Board admission dates can be found on the Admission to Fellowship Schedule.

The RANZCP Membership Services team will contact candidates once the application for Fellowship is ratified by the Education Committee, requesting Fellowship declarations and pro rata Fellowship subscriptions. The Membership Services team confirm receipt of subscriptions and declarations and the names of the Fellowship applicants are submitted to the RANZCP Board for approval. Finally, once the RANZCP Board has approved admission to RANZCP Fellowship, the Membership Services team issue certificates.