Specialist Specified Training

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All postal items relating to applications must be submitted via email to simgehelp@ranzcp.org.

Specialist Specified Training (SST) allows specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) in the final 2 years of their overseas specialist training to undertake supervised workplace-based training in Australia with the aim of enhancing their level of practical skill in a particular area of expertise.

SIMGs who have a specialist qualification in psychiatry and are looking to gain short-term training which is not available in their home country are also eligible to apply.

Note: SST is not a pathway to Fellowship with the RANZCP. The maximum time granted for an SST post is two (2) years. On completion of the SST post, the applicant will usually return to their home country to resume work or finish specialist training. 

How to apply

To apply for an SST position, complete an SST application form and submit via email with the required fee and all required supporting documents (as per the checklist on the application form). 


  • Documents do not need to be in a zip folder when submitted
  • Only one copy of each of the application documents listed in the checklist in the SST application form is required. The RANZCP SIMGE team needs to check all documentation submitted, so a large volume of unnecessary copies will cause a delay in the review of applications.

SST assessment

The suitability of the training position for the applicant is assessed by the RANZCP's local Branch Training Committee (BTC), and a recommendation is made to the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE). If the application is approved, the CSIMGE will release the endorsed Medical Board of Australia form (AAMC-30) directly to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

SST approvals generally take 6 weeks to process from the date all documents have been received. However it's important to note that the SST approval process is dependent on the availability of the relevant BTC and the CSIMGE, so the approval process may sometimes take longer than this.

Moving to the RANZCP specialist pathways to Fellowship

If you wish to settle in Australia on a permanent basis, please refer to the Specialist pathways to Fellowship page.

Further information

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