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Committee for examinations

Responsible directly to the Education Committee, the Committee for Examinations (CFE) role is to prepare, administer and assess the following summative examinations:
  1. Psychotherapy Written Case 
  2. Multiple Choice Question examination
  3. Essay-style examination
  4. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  5. Scholarly Project.
The Committee for Examinations regulates the conduct of summative assessments that leads to progress of candidates through the training program.  The role of the Committee is to establish and develop:
  • policy in relation to the examinations 
  • the criteria and standards of performance to satisfy the rules and processes of the College, 
  • assess and determine the eligibility of candidates to sit examinations
  • conduct and report on College examinations, including the preparation of examination papers.

Membership of the Committee for Examinations comprises the following members:
  • Chair 
  • Deputy Chair 
  • Chair and Deputy Chair of each of the following CFE subcommittees:
    • Case History Subcommittee
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examination Subcommittee
    • Scholarly Project Subcommittee
    • Written Examinations Subcommittee.
The Chair is elected by the Board from amongst the Fellows of the College and is appointed by Board on the recommendation of the Education Committee. The Chair, Committee for Examinations is a member of the Education Committee.

The Deputy Chair is also selected from amongst the Fellows of the College. The Deputy Chair shall be appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Education Committee

The Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the CFE Subcommittees are appointed to the CFE by virtue of the position they hold (ex-officio).

Responsibilities of the Committee

The key responsibilities for the Committee is as follows:
  • Consider and develop policy in relation to the examinations for recommendation to the Education Committee
  • Determine the criteria and standards of performance to satisfy the rules and processes of the College from time to time and in particular the RANZCP Fellowship Regulations 2012 and principles of the curriculum framework
  • Assess and determine the eligibility of candidates to sit examinations
  • Conduct College examinations, including the preparation of examination papers
  • Establish and manage subcommittees for specific purposes determined by the Committee
  • Identifying and managing risks associated with the Committee and its subcommittees, in accordance with the College Risk Management Policy, and for reporting high level risks to the Education Committee and the Corporate Governance and Risk Committee (CGRC).

Committee Member Commitment Required

Term of Office:

Members’ term of office is for two (2) x three (3) year terms.

Meetings:

The Committee for Examinations conducts fortnightly teleconferences of one hour duration and meets face-to-face bi-annually, for one day, at the College Secretariat, usually in the months of February and July.

Committee regulations:

Committee for Examinations Regulations [PDF; 152 KB]

Note: The Regulations are currently under review.  If you have any questions, please contact ranzcp@ranzcp.org.​

Committee for Examinations contact information

Committee name Contact Email
Committee for Examinations    
Chair Dr Nathan Gibson exams@ranzcp.org 
Deputy Chair Dr Joanne Ferguson
Case History Subcommittee    
Chair Dr Andrew Pethebridge cases@ranzcp.org 
Deputy Chair Dr Prachi Brahmbhatt
Scholarly Project Subcommittee    
Chair Dr Jeremy Couper scholarly@ranzcp.org
Deputy Chair Vacant
Written Examinations Subcommittee    
Co-Chair Dr Brett Kennedy writtens@ranzcp.org 
Co-Chair Dr Sanjay Patel
OSCE Subcommittee    
Chair Assoc. Professor Gail Robinson clinicals@ranzcp.org 
Deputy Chair Dr Anu Kataria