Competent Authority Pathway Assessment(Cited from AMC) 

The AMC has endorsed the bodies listed below as competent authorities for awarding advanced standing towards the AMC Certificate. International medical graduates (IMGs) who are eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway are not required to pass the AMC MCQ or Clinical Examination to be registered, but must satisfactorily complete a period of workplace-based performance assessment.

Note: If you have access to the internet, Competent Authority Pathway applications can be made online.

The full Competent Authority Pathway is currently operational in:
  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • New South Wales
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania
  • Australian Capital Territory (for hospital-based Competent Authority Pathway applications).

The Competent Authority Pathway is now also operational through the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for international medical graduates wishing to work in general practice in an area of need position. If you are an international medical graduate and interested in enrolling into the Competent Authority Pathway for general practice, please complete these steps:
  1. Check your eligibility against the categories table below.
  2. Receive your Advanced Standing Certificate from the Australian Medical Council (AMC)
  3. Apply and have been granted limited registration for area of need by the relevant state office of Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Association (AHPRA) to work in a general practice position deemed by AHPRA to be appropriate under the Competent Authority Pathway guidelines.
  4. Apply directly with the relevant accredited provider.

For further information on the Competent Authority Pathway for general practice please refer to the websites for AHPRA and ACRRM.

  • AHPRA: http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/International-Medical-Graduates/Competent-Authority-Pathway.aspx
  • ACRRM: http://www.acrrm.org.au/competent-authority-pathway-for-general-practice.

Note: As at February 2011, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine is the sole provider for the Competent Authority Pathway for general practice in area of need positions, however the AMC will advise of other providers when approved.

If you meet the conditions in one of the categories A, B, C, D, E, or F you may be eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway. Assessment of documentation can take up to four weeks. Application forms are available below.

Category A
UNITED KINGDOM General Medical Council (GMC)
  I have successfully completed the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test since 1975, AND THEN:

•    Have successfully completed the Foundation Year 1or 12 months supervised training (Internship equivalent) approved by the GMC in the United Kingdom or another AMC designated Competent Authority country.
Category B
UNITED KINGDOM General Medical Council (GMC)
  I am a graduate of a medical course conducted by a medical school in the United
Kingdom accredited by the General Medical Council, AND HAVE THEN:

•    Successfully completed the Foundation Year 1or 12 months supervised training (Internship equivalent) approved by the GMC in the United Kingdom or another AMC designated Competent Authority country.
Category C
CANADA Medical Council of Canada
  I have successfully completed the licentiate examinations of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) since 1992
Category D
UNITED STATES Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  I have successfully completed the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1,
Step 2 and Step 3 since 1992
AND
I have successfully completed a minimum of two years of graduate medical education
within a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.
Category E
NEW ZEALAND Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
  I have successfully completed the New Zealand Registration Examination
AND
I have successfully completed the required rotating internship (four runs accredited
by the MCNZ).
Category F IRELAND Medical Council of Ireland
 

I am a Graduate of a Medical School in Ireland accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland
AND
I have successfully completed an internship in Ireland (certificate of experience) or in another Competent Authority country approved by the Medical Council of Ireland


Criteria for eligibility for assessment through the Competent Authority

Eligibility for assessment through the Competent Authority Pathway requires completion of a specified period of post-examination/post-training clinical experience in a Competent Authority country as evidenced by completion of Foundation Year 1, 'internship', residency, prescribed rotation or other internship equivalent. In the event that an applicant provides evidence of completion of a satisfactory period of post-examination experience, but cannot establish that it is equivalent to a Foundation Year 1, internship, residency prescribed rotation or other internship equivalent period, Medical Board of Australia may require the applicant to complete a period of internship or rotational type experience prior to granting general registration.

For the purposes of determining what is an internship or rotational type experience, state and territory medical boards have agreed that a period of supervised practice comprising rotations in medicine, surgery and emergency medicine would generally be acceptable for this purpose. Whether or not any additional periods of supervised training are required will be determined by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) at the time of application for medical registration in Australia, on the basis of being awarded the advanced standing certificate by the AMC.

 

Please note that placements for entry into an internship position within Australia are subject to availability and subject to open competition with Australian medical graduates. A placement in an internship type position cannot be guaranteed by the AMC or by the Medical Board of Australia.

Eligibility on the basis of supervised experience within Australia

The Medical Board of Australia has confirmed that periods of supervised training in Australia post-examination/accredited training in a Competent Authority may substitute for completion of the required period of post-examination/training practice as defined in each Competent Authority Model listed above. In line with the general criteria for the Competent Authority Pathway, the period of supervised work in Australia should be of an internship or rotational type experience. It is generally expected that an internship or rotational type experience in Australia would include periods worked in medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.

In the event that an applicant has completed a period of supervised practice in Australia, but cannot provide evidence that it is of a satisfactory internship or rotational type experience, the Medical Board of Australia may require the applicant to complete a period of internship or rotational type experience prior to granting general registration.

Please note that placements for entry into an internship position within Australia are subject to availability and subject to open competition with Australian medical graduates. A placement in an internship type position cannot be guaranteed by the AMC or by the Medical Board of Australia.

Applications for Competent Authority Pathway assessment

If you are an international medical graduate and you:

  • meet the Competent Authority Pathway requirements, and
  • have not worked in a clinical position in Australia under the supervision of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) or have worked in a clinical position under supervision for less than 12 months;

you may apply for assessment to determine whether you can follow the Competent Authority Pathway.

The components of the assessment are:

  • assessment for advanced standing towards the AMC Certificate
  • assessment for completion of workplace-based performance assessment. (12 months supervised practice). Please refer to AMC fee structure.

Apply online now

Or

Complete the Competent Authority Application Form.

Important note

If you apply for the Competent Authority Pathway, you are liable for the full assessment fee even if the assessment determines that you are not eligible for assessment.

Competent Authority Pathway: frequently asked questions

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