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About the training program


Psychiatry training is a postgraduate medical course for doctors. Trainees who successfully complete the program are eligible to become Fellows of the RANZCP (FRANZCP). This qualifies them to practise independently as consultant psychiatrists in Australia or New Zealand.

The Fellowship Program takes a minimum of 60 months full-time equivalent (FTE) to complete. During the training period, trainees work as registrars in hospitals and clinics, where they are supervised by experienced psychiatrists.

Entry into the program

Prerequisites for applying to enter the Fellowship Program are:

  • successful completion of a medical degree
  • at least one year (FTE) of general medical training
  • current general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand.

Applicants are selected for psychiatry training based on their suitability, skills and experience.

.More about selection of trainees

Program structure

Training is undertaken in three stages:

  • Stage 1 (12 months FTE)
  • Stage 2 (24 months FTE)
  • Stage 3 (24 months FTE).

Flow-chart showing structure of psychiatry training program

.RANZCP training pathway [PDF; 144 KB]


Stage 1

  • 12 months FTE in an approved adult psychiatry rotation, including a minimum of 6 months in an acute setting.

.More about Stage 1

Stage 2

  • 24 months FTE in an approved training program, including:
    • 6 months in a consultation–liaison psychiatry rotation
    • 6 months in a child and adolescent psychiatry rotation
    • two 6-month rotations in any of the following areas of practice: addiction psychiatry, adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, Indigenous psychiatry or psychiatry of old age.

.More about Stage 2

Stage 3

  • 24 months FTE in an approved training program (four 6-month rotations), in one or more approved areas of practice.
  • RANZCP-approved areas of practice are: addiction psychiatry, adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation–liaison psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, Indigenous psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, research/academic psychiatry and psychotherapies.

.More about Stage 3

Certificates of Advanced Training

In Stage 3, trainees can choose to complete a Certificate of Advanced Training by developing advanced competencies in a particular area of practice.

.More about Certificates of Advanced Training

Dual Fellowship Training Program – Paediatrics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) have together developed the Dual Fellowship Training Program (DFTP). Trainees who successfully complete the DFTP gain Fellowship of both Colleges (FRACP and FRANZCP).

.More about Dual Fellowship Training Program (DFTP)


Workplace assessments

Assessment Timing Type Description
Workplace-based Assessments
Throughout training.  Formative assessment. 

Trainees receive structured feedback on their performance in authentic workplace settings (e.g. discussing cases with their supervisors, or being observed during initial patient assessments, during clinical encounters and giving presentations to an audience).

 A minimum of 3 WBAs are used to inform the assessment of each EPA.

Entrustable Professional Activities
Throughout training. Summative assessment. 

Used to measure competence in the activities of psychiatric practice. Each EPA corresponds to a particular activity.

2 EPAs must be attained for each 6-month FTE rotation. Additionally each Stage has particular EPA requirements.

In-Training Assessments
Throughout training.

The mid-rotation ITA is a formative assessment.

The end-of-rotation ITA is a summative assessment.

Assesses the trainee's performance against each learning outcome for that stage and tracks EPA attainment.

Centrally administered assessments

Assessment Timing Type Description
MCQ Exam Should be passed by 36 months FTE. Recommended for Stage 2. Summative assessment A multiple-choice computer-based exam. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.
Essay-style exam Should be passed by 60 months FTE. Recommended for Stage 3. Summative assessment

A written exam. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.


Should be passed by 60 months FTE. Recommended for Stage 3.

Summative assessment Practical clinical exam. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.


Psychotherapy Written Case Should be passed by 60 months FTE. Summative assessment One long psychotherapy intervention (approximately 1 year or 40 sessions) with a written assessment of 8000–10,000 words. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.
Scholarly Project Plan the project early in training. Should be passed by 60 months FTE. Summative assessment Original research in an area related to psychiatry as selected by the trainee. Standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

.Trainee Progress Trajectory [PDF; 77 KB] 

In addition to the above, all trainees must be enrolled in a College-approved formal education course.

A Training Program Basics webinar is available on Learnit [member log-in required] to provide an overview of the training basics and is useful for trainees to navigate and get started. Some of the areas to be covered are:

  • Introduction to training program
  • Setting-up
  • Where to get information
  • What is supervision? 
  • What College committees / bodies are important 
  • Which documents need to be read? 
  • Real world experience by trainees

Fellowship Competencies

By the end of the training program, trainees will have gained competence in the following major roles expected of a psychiatrist:

  • medical expert
  • communicator
  • collaborator
  • manager
  • health advocate
  • scholar
  • professional.

These are based on the CanMEDS roles.

.More about Fellowship Competencies

.Admission to Fellowship


The Fellowship Program is overseen by the College's Education Committee and operates in accordance with regulations, policies and procedures approved by the Board, as appropriate.

.Program regulations, policies and procedures

.Program administration


.Program development and history

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