ANZCA is responsible for the training, examination and specialist accreditation of anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists in Australia and New Zealand.
In any given year there are about 2000 trainees undergoing training accredited by ANZCA in Australia and New Zealand. The College has a number of trainees in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Anaesthetists spend at least seven years in postgraduate training. This includes two years of prevocational experience and five years in specialist anaesthesia training after graduating from medical school.
The training required of a specialist anaesthetist before they are awarded Fellowship of ANZCA is detailed in College regulations, curriculum and handbooks.
For trainees in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, see regulation 38 and the ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation in the Affiliated Training Regions.