Recognition Of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
An essential component of general practice training is a hospital year (52 FTE weeks) in an accredited hospital where Registrars gain knowledge and skills from a variety of experiences in rotations relevant to General Practice. Registrars have the choice to complete this hospital training on the AGPT training program or if eligible, may apply for this training year as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Registrars can apply for RPL from their PGY2+ experience completed prior to joining the AGPT training program. In the RPL application, Registrars will demonstrate that they have gained the relevant knowledge and skills from their previous experience to meet their preferred College’s requirements. RACGP and ACRRM each have their own RPL process and if a Registrar elects to train towards both fellowships, they are required to complete an RPL application for each College.
It is recommended that applicants to the AGPT program review the RPL application forms and begin collecting relevant supporting evidence regarding their hospital terms as early as possible as each College has deadlines for submitting completed applications and require detailed supporting documents
RPL is not an automatic right and the Regional Training Organisation will assess each Registrar’s application individually.
RACGP RPL Application
RPL applications are to be submitted within the first six months of training on the AGPT program. GMT will provide advice to Registrars about an individual eligibility for RPL in Training Advisor meetings. It is the Registrar’s responsibility to complete the application and submit to GMT with all supporting evidence. If an incomplete application is received, GMT will return the application to the Registrar for completion before an assessment can be made. Once the initial assessment is made the application will be reviewed by two GMT Medical Educators. RPL will be assessed on an individual basis and it is not guaranteed.
If the RPL is approved by GMT it will be sent to the RACGP Censor for final approval.
RACGP has strict deadlines for submission of RPL and it is the Registrar’s responsibility to review the RACGP RPL policy and application process located on the RACGP website and submit applications to GMT within the correct timeframes.
ACRRM RPL Application
RPL applications for Core Clinical Training (CCT) must be submitted prior to enrolling in exams, and any other RPL must be submitted prior to completion of training. However, ACRRM strongly encourages Registrars to apply for RPL as soon as possible after the commencement of training on the AGPT program. Whilst this is not a requirement, it is considered in a Registrar's best interest to submit RPL early to ensure they will be eligible to sit summative assessments. If an incomplete application is received, GMT will return the application to the Registrar for completion before an assessment can be made. Once the initial assessment is made the application will be reviewed by two GMT Medical Educators. RPL will be assessed on an individual basis and it is not guaranteed.
If the RPL is approved by GMT it will be sent to the ACRRM Censor for final approval.
It is the Registrar’s responsibility to review the ACRRM RPL web page and submit applications to GMT within the correct timeframes.
- Guidelines - http://www.racgp.org.au/education/fellowship/fellowship-of-the-racgp/policies/guidance-documents/applying-for-recognition-of-prior-learning-guidance-document
- Policy - http://www.racgp.org.au/education/fellowship/fellowship-of-the-racgp/policies/policies/recognition-of-prior-learning-policy
- Form – GMT RACGP RPL Application form available on MyGMT