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.
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:
IMGs on the Standard pathway must successfully complete 12 months of supervised practice (minimum of 47 weeks full-time service) in an approved position.
Part of the Standard pathway process is the primary source verification of an IMG’s primary qualifications by the Australian Medical Council (AMC).
The AMC verify qualifications through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC).
Further information is available on the AMC website.
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
Apply to the MBA for limited registration
During the period of supervised practice:
Apply to the MBA for general registration
(See below under 'General registration' for the requirements 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)
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, must apply for provisional registration (they are not eligible to apply for limited registration).
IMGs who receive their AMC Certificate during their period of supervised practice cannot renew limited registration, they must apply for provisional registration if they need more time to complete their period of supervised practice.
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 on the Supervision page.
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.
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:
Further information on limited registration is available on the Board’s website.
IMGs who have successfully completed both the AMC CAT MCQ and the AMC Clinical Examinations (AMC Certificate holders) must apply for provisional registration. The IMG also needs to have secured an offer of employment.
Further information on provisional registration is available on the Board’s website.
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 who hold an Australian Medical Council certificate.
Regardless of whether an IMG has completed the AMC exams or the WBA, they must demonstrate that they have achieved the expected learning outcomes – either during completion of core rotations or through other learning experiences.
The Board has developed guidance on the documentary evidence required to support an application for general registration.
In addition, all IMGs are required to comply with the Board's registration standards.
More information about the Standard pathway is available on the AMC website.