New Applicants (Specialist Pathway)
Please note: The Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE) has decided to change the name of this pathway from Dual Pathway to Specialist Pathway. This will align terminology with the Australian Medical Council (AMC). Forms, documents and policies will be updated progressively to reflect this name change. During this transition period, both versions of forms and documents will be accepted.
This page contains all necessary information for applicants who have not previously applied for the Specialist Pathway (previously Dual Pathway).
Specialist Pathway Eligibility
The Specialist Pathway is a pathway to College Fellowship only suitable for Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) who qualify as Specialist Psychiatrists by obtaining the highest Specialist Psychiatrist qualification in the country at the time of qualification, and have attained registration as a Specialist Psychiatrist in that country, and who wish to remain and work in Australia permanently.
The MRCPsych qualification alone (without a CCT/CCST/CESR) from the United Kingdom is not a recognised Specialist Psychiatrist qualification. Applicants holding a MRCPsych only are required to apply via the Training Pathway. Please contact the training department via email@example.com.
- Flowchart of Pathways to Fellowship
Australian Medical Council (AMC)
All new applications for the Specialist Pathway also require an application to the Australian Medical Council. Please contact the AMC directly or go to their website under www.amc.org.au/ for more information. The only exception are applicants from New Zealand who do not intend to practice in Australia and applicants who hold unconditional Medical Registration in Australia.
If you are applying from New Zealand and are not intending to practice in Australia please click here for more information about New Zealand registration.
- Flowchart of Specialist Pathway and Area of Need application process
Specialist Pathway Equivalence Guidelines
For general information about the different Categories of Exemption please refer to the current Equivalence Guidelines on the Forms and Documents page.
New Applicant Handbook
Please familiarise yourself with the New Applicant Handbook before contacting the College regarding the application process. The handbook will also assist you in completing the Specialist Pathway Application Form (Form A).
This document lists all closing dates and interview dates for each State Assessment Panel. Your place of employment will determine which State Assessment Panel will assess your application (e.g. if you are going into a position in NSW, you will be assessed by the NSW State Assessment Panel). If you do not know which state you are going to work in, please let us know your preference and we will assess availability.
Please note that requests for date changes cannot be considered and no extensions for closing dates will be granted.
- 2014 State Assessment Panel Assessment Dates
There is a maximum of three applications per state each State Assessment Panel can assess per round of assessments. If the maximum number of complete applications have already been received for a certain round then you may need to wait until the next round of assessments for your application to be assessed by the relevant State Assessment Panel.
Forms and Documents
Documents and Forms can be accessed and downloaded via the Forms and Documents page. This includes Application Forms, CV template, Equivalence Guidelines and assessment dates.
Substantial Comparability Pathway
For information on the Substantial Comparability Pathway to RANZCP Fellowship, please go to the Substantial Comparability website.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The FAQ page contains the most common questions asked by new applicants. Please click here to browse through our FAQs.
Changes & News
On our Changes & News page you can find the latest updates for Exemption Candidates as well as our monthly Newsletter, with important information and changes concerning Exemption Candidates.
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