Medical Board of Australia
Medical Board of Australia
 

Standard pathway

The Standard pathway is for international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking general registration as a medical practitioner in Australia. It involves completion of a written examination (CAT MCQ) and structured clinical examination of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) or approved workplace based assessment program.

Eligibility

The Standard pathway is for IMGs who are not eligible for the Competent Authority pathway or the Specialist pathway.

IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution recognised by both the Australian Medical Council and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS) can apply for assessment under this pathway.

The Standard pathway has two alternative processes leading to the award of the AMC Certificate:

  • Standard pathway (AMC examinations) - Assessment is by examination only - the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination. Most non-specialist applicants will be assessed through this method. 
  • Standard pathway (workplace-based assessment) - Assessment is by examination and workplace-based assessment - the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and workplace-based assessment of clinical skills and knowledge by an AMC-accredited authority. There are limited numbers of assessment programs, and as a result, relatively few applicants are assessed through this pathway. The AMC has accredited the following authorities:
    • Central Coast Local Health District
    • Hunter New England Local Health District
    • Launceston General Hospital
    • Monash Health
    • Rural and Outer Metropolitan United Alliance
    • Western Australia Health
    • Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

IMGs on the Standard pathway must successfully complete 12 months of supervised practice (minimum of 47 weeks full-time service) in an approved position.

Primary source verification

Part of the Standard pathway process is the primary source verification of an IMG’s primary qualifications by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

From 1 October 2015, the AMC will verify qualifications through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC), or for applications submitted before 30 September 2015, through ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS). 

Further information about primary source verification is available on the AMC website.

How to apply for the Standard pathway

IMGs on the Standard pathway apply directly to the AMC.

Information on how to apply is available on the AMC website.

Apply to the AMC for Standard pathway and primary source verification

Pass the AMC Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam

Pass the AMC Clinical exam and receive AMC certificate

Secure an employment offer

Apply to the MBA for provisional registration

Complete 12 months supervised practice

Secure an employment offer

Apply to the MBA for limited registration

Complete 12 months supervised practice

During the period of supervised practice:

  • pass the AMC clinical exam and receive AMC Certificate

OR

  • complete workplace based assessment and receive AMC Certificate

Apply to the MBA for general registration

Download a PDF of the Overview of pathways to registration for IMGs wishing to practise medicine in Australia - Standard pathway (194 KB,PDF)

Medical registration

All IMGs on the Standard pathway must pass the AMC CAT MCQ Examination before they can apply to the Board for registration. IMGs who have passed the AMC CAT MCQ can apply for limited registration.

IMGs who have passed both the AMC CAT MCQ and the AMC Clinical Examinations before commencing their period of supervised practice in Australia, may apply for provisional registration.

Applicants for registration pay the relevant application fee and registration fee.

IMGs work under supervision in general practice positions or hospital based positions. Further information about supervision is available in the Board’s Guidelines for supervised practice.

IMGs may be required to undertake a pre-employment structured clinical interview (PESCI) prior to applying for limited or provisional registration. Further information is available on the PESCI page and from your local AHPRA office.

Limited registration

IMGs must pass the AMC CAT MCQ Examination before they can apply to the Board for limited registration. In addition, the IMG must have secured an offer of employment.

The type of limited registration depends on the position:

  • Limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practice 
  • Limited registration for area of need - if working in an area of need

Further information on limited registration is available on the Board’s website.

Provisional registration

IMGs who have successfully completed both the AMC CAT MCQ and the AMC Clinical Examinations (AMC Certificate holders) may apply for provisional registration. The IMG also need to have secured an offer of employment.

Further information on provisional registration is available on the Board’s website.

General registration

IMGs on the Standard pathway must successfully complete 12 months of supervised practice (minimum of 47 weeks full-time service) in an approved position before being eligible to apply for general registration. The requirements for general registration are outlined in the Board’s Registration standard Granting general registration to medical practitioners in the Standard pathway who hold an AMC certificate.

In addition, all IMGs are required to comply with the Board’s registration standards.

Further information

More information about the Standard pathway is available on the AMC website.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 1/07/2016