Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) acknowledges the experience, training and assessment that applicants have already undertaken, which may provide exemptions from training time, assessment or other training components as required by the colleges.

The RPL process is different than the Hospital Experience Assessment undertaken to ascertain practice readiness.

Do I need to apply for RPL?

Registrars who will undertake/have undertaken a post-graduate year in their first year on the AGPT program (ie completing hospital units) will not need to apply for RPL.

All other registrars need to ascertain if they have any RPL they can claim, such as:

• RACGP – hospital time, Extended Skills or Advanced Rural Skills Training (ARST)
• ACRRM – core clinical training, ACRRM approved primary rural remote training or pre-approved Advanced Specialised Training (AST)

Important: RACGP registrars considering claiming RPL for Extended Skills or ARSTs must discuss their plans with their Regional Head of Education and have approval prior to completing the application.

See below for application links.


Registrars may be granted up to two years’ RPL from the ACRRM Censor.

MCCC allows a maximum of 24 months of RPL will be permitted from within the three components, ie:

• 12 months Core Clinical Training (hospital)
• 12 months PRRT 3-4
• 12 months Advanced Specialised Training (AST)


Registrars must have completed either a minimum of twelve months of hospital post full general registration OR a minimum of two years in total of Australian or New Zealand accredited hospitals by the start of GPT1 to be eligible to apply for RPL.

  • Registrars may claim no less than 3 months and up to a maximum of 52 weeks of RPL.
  • No more than 6 months in any one discipline, except Emergency (if it meets criteria), refer to RPL policy for specifics.

Documents needed for RPL application

You may need to submit Statements of Service and hospital performance and assessment reports to support your application for RPL.

Statements of Service can take up to six weeks to obtain, please request these as early as possible.

Example – Statement of Service

Example – End of Term Assessment Report