Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)

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

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

Assessment opportunities 2021- Multi-site OSCE

The College is committed to supporting candidates in their progression to Fellowship and to meet the needs of communities for consultant psychiatrists. The purpose of multi-site (MS) OSCEs is to provide assessment opportunities to as many candidates as possible without being adversely affected by pandemic related restrictions and border closures. 

In response the college will be holding two MSOSCE’s in 2021. 

  • Saturday 24 July 2021 – face-to-face format to be delivered at multiple locations across Australia and New Zealand
  • Saturday 30 October 2021 – face-face format to be delivered at multiple locations across Australia and New Zealand

How to apply

Applications for the July OSCE are now closed.

Please note the current fee and cancellation and refund schedules.

Trainee Eligibility

To be eligible to sit the Multi-site OSCE, trainees need to have successfully completed a minimum 30 months of FTE training, including 18 months FTE in Stage 2, as demonstrated by their centrally administered training record as at the application close date. Applications will not be accepted before 18 months of FTE training in Stage 2 has been accredited to the trainee’s centrally administered training record.

Trainees are eligible to apply for the Multi-site OSCE while on an approved break in training. A trainee who has interrupted their training but is not on an approved break in training (i.e. is accruing not-in-training time) is not eligible to apply for the Multi-site OSCE. Trainees who intend to apply for a break in training MUST inform the College at the time of application and / or no later than three (3) weeks before sitting the Multi-site OSCE.

For Trainees who sat the April 2021 AV OSCE and were unsuccessful and who need to submit a Commencement of Targeted Learning Form or an approved Training Review letter to be eligible to sit the OSCE, please note they must be received by Friday, 18 June 2021. Information on trainee eligibility to sit the OSCE in relation to targeted learning (including rotational targeted learning) is detailed under section 8.4 of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Policy and Procedure.

SIMG Eligibility

SIMG candidates must have current comparability status with the College at the time of the application closing date to be eligible to apply for the Multi-site OSCE. The comparability status must be valid during the examination period until the declaration of results. SIMG candidates on a break in comparability status at the time of the examination will not be able to apply for the Multi-site OSCE.

Note: The College is committed to ensuring as many eligible trainees and SIMG as possible can sit this examination. Submitting an application for this exam does NOT guarantee a position in the exam. It is important to note that due to location capacity and anticipated high number of applications, prioritisation of applicants may be required. Criteria may be applied to prioritise applicants closest to achieving Fellowship.

The College will be advising candidates as soon as any details for priority criteria are finalised. This will be before the applications closing date of 07 May 2021. Candidates will not be financially disadvantaged.

All eligible candidates who wish to sit the MS OSCE in July are encouraged to apply. A communique will be sent out shortly to all the stakeholders. 


The Multi-site OSCE consists of six long stations of 20 minutes each (which includes 5 minutes reading time), and one bye station that may be active or inactive of 20 minutes.

Each station will consist of two examiners. 


Candidates, examiners, and role players will be allocated to a local examination centre within Australia and New Zealand, to minimise the need for travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Candidates will be allocated to the venue which minimises the need for interstate and international travel from the location of their Training Program / location of employment for SIMG candidates. Where there is no venue in the state or on the island in which the candidate’s Training Program or SIMG candidate’s employment is located, candidates will be allocated to the nearest venue with capacity. Applicants who wish to request special consideration to sit in a particular venue should do so under the Special Consideration policy. 


The RANZCP is currently sourcing suitable examination venues to hold the MSOSCE. More information on the examination venues and locations will be provided as soon as these are finalised.  

Travel plans

While the College aims to start the examination on time, there are instances where it can be unavoidably delayed.
For candidates who are travelling we ask that you do not make your travel arrangements for immediately following the examination. Knowing that you have a tight timeframe to catch transport can be stressful therefore we highly recommend that you make travel arrangements at least three hours after the scheduled conclusion of the examination.

Training trajectory

A pass or fail for this examination will be counted towards a candidate's trajectory.

Applying for special consideration

Candidates requesting special consideration for the OSCE must apply in writing to the Committee for Examinations (CFE), in accordance with the Special Considerations Policy (18.2) [PDF; 59 KB]. 
Requests for special consideration must accompany the AV OSCE Application Form unless exceptional circumstances apply (such as the candidate experiencing a significant change in personal circumstances or medical condition(s) that occur after the examination application close date). 

A separate application for special consideration must be submitted for each examination and for each re-attempt (if any). However, applicants are only required to resubmit the supporting documentation if there is a change in circumstances. 

For exam day

Proof of identity

On the day of the exam, you must provide valid identification documents (i.e. driver’s licence or passport) before you will be allowed to sit the exam.

Incident reports

Incident reports from the examination need to be submitted within five (5) working days from the examination date. 

Incident report form 


Results will be released on the RANZCP website at 5 pm on the specified date in the Examination Timetable

A copy of the candidate’s results will be sent to their Director of Training and/or Director of Advanced Training where applicable and will also be made available via MyRANZCP.


Existing OSCE protocols for arrival rules, permitted and prohibited items remain unchanged as per the following documents:

Blueprint descriptors and station coverage

The stations are 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 cover eight disorder groups and three 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 (e.g. neuropsychiatric, sex, sleep, somatoform, eating, etc.)
  • clinical assessment skills
  • governance skills
  • other skills (e.g., ethics, consent, capacity, collaboration, advocacy, indigenous, rural, etc.)​

An OSCE will have a mood disorder, psychotic disorder, anxiety disorder, medicine in psychiatry, core skills and other disorder station. The Core Skills station will focus on testing core clinical assessment skills, including formulation and management planning.

Review previous OSCE stations

Previous stations are available to review in preparation for the exam




The College reserves the right to cancel the OSCE on the advice of the Australian and New Zealand Health Authorities in relation to COVID-19. If the OSCE does not proceed a full refund will be given. 

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