Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

This page is for candidates wanting to find out about, apply for, prepare for and take the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).

COVID-19 update 

Remote audio-visual OSCE 

Due to COVID-19 the RANZCP will continue to run remote audio-visual OSCEs in 2021.

Remote audio-visual (AV) OSCE

Please contact clinicals@ranzcp.org with any questions.


The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a practical clinical exam. It is a summative assessment of the RANZCP Fellowship Program.

It assesses clinical competencies across a range of psychiatric practice areas. The exam is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

The exam runs for 200 minutes and is made up of 15 stations:

  • the short station circuit is made up of eight (8) short stations (examined by one examiner) and two (2) bye stations, each of 10 minutes duration. Both bye stations in the short circuit will be inactive.
  • the long station circuit is made up of three (3) long stations (examined by two examiners), and two (2) bye stations, each of 20 minutes duration. The bye stations in the long circuit may be active or inactive.

The OSCE is offered twice a year at rotating locations across Australia and New Zealand. 


The RANZCP recommends that trainees take the OSCE in Stage 3 of training.

Trainees are eligible to apply for the OSCE after they have completed 30 months FTE training as shown on their Training Record. They should have successfully completed the OSCE by 60 months FTE training.

How to apply

Applications for the April 2021 AVOCSE has closed.

Exam support resources

OSCE preparation and advice is available under 4.8 of the OSCE Policy and Procedure [PDF; 146 KB].

OSCE Medical Equipment Pack

The OSCE Medical Equipment Pack may be used the in medical disorder in psychiatry station.

Timing and candidate movement

The OSCE sample master timetable details timings and candidate movement throughout the stream.

Candidates please note the variation to the finish time in the Master Timetable - Active Bye (Default).

Please note, whether or not an OSCE comprises an Active Bye will only be known on the day of the examination.

Travel plans

Whilst the College aims to start the examination on time, there are instances where it can be unavoidably delayed. 

For candidates who are travelling / flying, we ask that you do not book flights immediately following the examination. Knowing that you have a tight timeframe to catch your flight can be stressful therefore we highly recommend that you book a flight at least 3 hours after the scheduled conclusion of the examination.

Blueprint descriptors and station coverage

The stations will be mapped to the OSCE Blueprint Descriptors, areas of practice accredited for the Fellowship Program and to the CanMEDS roles and Fellowship Competencies.

The Blueprint descriptors will cover 8 disorder groups and 3 skills areas relevant to the practice of psychiatry:

  • anxiety disorders
  • child and adolescent disorders
  • medical disorders in psychiatry
  • mood disorders
  • personality disorders
  • psychotic disorders
  • substance use disorders
  • other disorders (eg. neuropsychiatric, sex, sleep, somatoform, eating, etc.)
  • clinical assessment skills
  • governance skills
  • other skills (eg. ethics, consent, capacity, collaboration, advocacy, indigenous, rural, etc.)​

Generally at least two stations will cover mood disorders, and one station each on psychotic disorder, anxiety disorder, medicine in psychiatry and a Core Skills station.

The Core Skills station will be tested in the long circuit and will focus on testing core clinical assessment skills, including formulation and management planning.

The focus of the remaining stations may be from any of the other Blueprint descriptors.

Detailed requirements

For detailed requirements, please refer to OSCE under Examinations of the 2012 Fellowship Program regulations, policies and procedures.

Incident reports

If an incident occurred during your exam that could have affected your performance or the outcome of the exam, please complete an Incident Report form within 5 working days of taking the exam. A response to your incident report will be included in your result letter.


Results are released on the dates specified in the exam timetable.

When released, results are available from the Results, timetables, fees page.