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Fellowship program administration

Fee schedules

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the process by which learning, skills and experiences acquired outside the Fellowship Program are evaluated for the purpose of accrediting them for RANZCP training components.

Two types of RPL may be granted to trainees:

  • RPL after enrolment in the Fellowship Program (applications must be submitted within 6 months of enrolment)
  • RPL for overseas training during a break in training.

RPL after enrolment

In order to be eligible for RPL, any training, assessment (other than Scholarly Project) and/or work experience must have been completed within the past 8 years. An RPL application for a Scholarly Project must be based on a project completed or accepted for publication within the past 10 years.

RPL applications must be submitted no more than 6 months after the trainee commences training in the 2012 Fellowship Program.

Overseas training

Trainees seeking to gain RPL for overseas training whilst on a break in training must:

  1. apply for an approved break in training
  2. apply for in-principle approval of the overseas training before commencing (i.e. prospective approval)
  3. apply for RPL on returning to the Fellowship Program.

For more information, please refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Part-time training

Training may be undertaken on a part-time basis. Typically, part-time training must amount to a minimum of 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) training in order to be accredited under the RANZCP Fellowship Regulations 2012.

Half-time fees apply when training is completed at 0.5 FTE over the whole training year or when less than 6 months of training is to be completed.

For more information, please refer to the Part-time Training Policy.

Break in training (approved interruption to training)

Trainees may interrupt their training at any time. A break in training is a period of interrupted training that has been approved by the relevant committee.

Trainees on an approved break in training for the entire training year must pay the annual break-in-training fee to maintain their training record. Half-time fees apply when only one semester/rotation (or less than 6 months training) is to be completed over the whole training year.

While on a break in training, trainees are able to undertake the following:

  • written exams (both MCQ exam and Essay-style exam)
  • OSCE
  • Scholarly Project (with appropriate supervision)
  • Psychotherapy Written Case (write-up and submission only).

Trainees on a break in training are not able to undertake:

  • a targeted learning program
  • Psychotherapy Written Case (the psychotherapy).

Breaks in training may have implications under the Failure to Progress Policy. Trainees can take 5 calendar years (cumulative) of breaks in training before being required to show cause to the Committee for Training (CFT) as to why they should remain in the Fellowship Program. Applications for breaks of longer than 2 consecutive years require an outline of exceptional circumstances and will be reviewed by the CFT.

For more information, please refer to the Leave and Interruptions to Training Policy and Procedure.

Not in training (not approved interruption to training)

A trainee will be considered to be not in training if they:

  • interrupt their training but do not seek and gain approval for a break in training
  • have gaps between their rotations of more than 1 calendar week (the College needs to account for all time in the Fellowship Program).

A Director of Training must advise the College that a trainee is no longer actively training nor on an approved break in training so that the absence can be tracked on the trainee’s record.

A trainee may accrue 12 months (cumulative) of not-in-training time before they will be required to show cause to the CFT to remain in the Fellowship Program.

Trainees are not eligible to undertake any aspect of the Fellowship Program while not in training.

For more information, please refer to the Leave and Interruptions to Training Policy and Procedure.

Targeted Learning

Targeted Learning is a process by which trainees who have not successfully passed RANZCP Fellowship Program requirements by the required deadlines and/or those who have failed multiple times are required to receive additional assistance, support and mentoring.

For more information, please refer to the Targeted Learning Plans Policy and Procedure and the Progression through Training Policy.

Show Cause

Trainees who have not progressed through the Fellowship Program as outlined in the Progression through Training Policy and the Trainee Progress Trajectory will be required to show cause to the Committee for Training as to why they should be able to continue towards Fellowship.

Please refer to the Failure to Progress Policy and Procedure and the Progression through Training Policy for more information.

Please direct enquiries to trajectory@ranzcp.org.