Become a member

Membership of the RANZCP is open to registered medical practitioners working or training in the field of psychiatry.

.About membership of the RANZCP (including information on membership types)

Which type of membership?

Medical practitioners who are registered in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, who wish to become psychiatrists, can apply to the College's training program (Associate membership).

Overseas-trained psychiatrists who are currently working in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand can apply for Affiliate membership of the RANZCP (see below). Overseas-trained psychiatrists who are not currently working in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand should visit the New applicants (specialist pathway) page for information on the Exemptions Pathway.

Affiliate membership in Australia is also available to psychiatrists who gained a Diploma of Psychological Medicine (DPM) qualification in Australia before 1994.

Once a psychiatrist has successfully completed the College's training program, or met the Fellowship requirements via the Exemptions Pathway, he/she is eligible to become a Fellow of the College.

Other types of involvement

Medical students and medical practitioners with an interest in psychiatry can join the RANZCP's Psychiatry Interest Forum.

Medical practitioners with an interest in psychiatry, but who do not wish to undergo psychiatry training, can enrol in the RANZCP's CPD Program.

Affiliate membership

Why become an Affiliate member?

Becoming an Affiliate member formalises and strengthens your relationship with the RANZCP – the peak body for psychiatrists in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

As an Affiliate member, you will benefit from the educational opportunities, advocacy, projects and development work the College undertakes. We also offer specialised support services aimed at overseas-trained psychiatrists.

.About Australian Affiliate membership [PDF; 3 MB]

.About New Zealand Affiliate membership [PDF; 130 KB]

The range of exclusive benefits and entitlements includes:

.Discover more benefits of membership

Who can become an Affiliate member?

There are different requirements for Affiliate membership depending on whether you are in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.


To apply for Affiliate membership, you must:

  • hold either an overseas specialist qualification in psychiatry that allows you to practice as a psychiatrist in the country where you trained, or an Australian Diploma of Psychological Medicine (DPM) qualification granted up until 1994, and
  • be currently employed as a specialist psychiatrist in Australia (whether as a RANZCP Substantial Comparability candidate on the Specialist Pathway, or otherwise) OR be enrolled with the RANZCP as a Partial Comparability candidate on the Specialist Pathway.

Aotearoa New Zealand

To apply for Affiliate membership, you must:

  • be either provisionally vocationally registered or vocationally registered in psychiatry, and
  • be currently employed as a psychiatrist, with a current practising certificate.

How to apply for Affiliate membership

1.Complete the Affiliate Membership Application form (see below). Your application form must be signed by either two Fellows or one Fellow and one Affiliate member of the RANZCP.

.Affiliate Membership Application form (Australia) [PDF; 885 KB]

.Affiliate Membership Application form (Aotearoa New Zealand) [PDF; 232 KB]

2. Gather any supporting documentation as listed on the application form.

3. Submit the form and supporting documentation as per the instructions on the application form.

Your application will then be forwarded to the relevant local Branch Committee or Tu Te Akaaka Roa - New Zealand National Committee, followed by the RANZCP Board for consideration. Please allow two months for your application to be processed and to receive your letter of outcome. Along with their outcome letter successful applicants will also receive an invoice for payment of Affiliate fees. Affiliate Membership will not be activated until payment of these fees is received (if payment is not received within six months of Board approval, the application will lapse and a new application submitted if the applicant wishes to join in the future).  Annual fees are payable as a condition of ongoing Affiliate membership.

International Corresponding Membership

A category of RANZCP membership for specialist qualified psychiatrists outside of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Join as an International Corresponding Member to build professional relationships with the College and our members.

As an International Corresponding Member, you will be entitled to a great range of benefits and services through the RANZCP, including:

International Corresponding Membership is a non-clinical form of membership which does not entitle you to practice in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. It will also not provide you with any benefit in terms of pathways to Fellowship of the RANZCP or being assessed as suitable to practice in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

Annual membership fees for International Corresponding Membership of the RANZCP are reviewed yearly and are scaled as per the World Bank country classifications.

.View the fee schedule

.International Corresponding Membership application form [PDF; 270 KB]

For any questions regarding membership of the RANZCP, please contact or call us toll-free on 1800 337 448 (from Australia) or 0800 443 827 (from Aotearoa New Zealand).

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