Application and registration

Medically qualified practitioners wishing to train in the specialty of anaesthesia in Australia or New Zealand need to apply and register with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. The college provides a 260-week (five year) anaesthesia training program undertaken during supervised clinical placements within ANZCA-accredited departments and other training sites. Upon successful completion of the program, doctors are awarded fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and will be qualified to practise as specialist anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand, subject to the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia and the Medical Council of New Zealand, respectively. 


Details of the training program can be found in the following links and documents:


Registering as an ANZCA trainee

Registering with the college is a two-step process.


Step one: Application 

In the first step, you provide identification and information on your medical degree and prevocational medical education and training (PMET) experience to assess your eligibility. Applicant status is valid for two full calendar years, after which, if you have not registered, you must reapply before registering.

To apply to the college, you must:

Your application fee is non-refundable, so be sure that you meet the application requirements and supply all the necessary documentation before submitting the application.


Until you register, you will also be required to pay an application maintenance fee at the start of each calendar year. Failure to pay the application maintenance fee within 13 weeks of the due date will result in your applicant status being withdrawn.


Step two: Registration 

Registration is undertaken once you have obtained an anaesthesia training position in an ANZCA-accredited training site. This establishes you as an ANZCA trainee, and must be done within four weeks of the start of approved training.


Your rotational supervisor or supervisor of training is required to confirm you will be in a position which meets all the requirements for training ANZCA trainees.


Full details of the application and registration processes are available in section 2.9 of the ANZCA Handbook for Training.


In order to register as a trainee, you must:

  • Be a current applicant. If you are not already an applicant, you need to become an applicant prior to registering as an ANZCA trainee. You may complete the application and registration steps at the same time if you meet the required criteria.
  • Have completed at least 104 weeks (full-time equivalent) PMET experience. These 104 weeks can include no more than 52 weeks experience in any combination of clinical anaesthesia, intensive care or pain medicine. Up to six weeks leave may be included for each 52 weeks of PMET.
  • Provide a letter on original hospital letterhead, signed by an appropriate, authorised individual, confirming appointment to an ANZCA-accredited training site.
  • Complete the application and registration form and attach all required supporting documentation.
  • Sign the training agreement.
  • Pay the registration fee.
  • Pay the annual training fee.


A checklist of documentation that needs to be provided with each stage of the registration process can be found on page 6 of the application and registration form.


The college processes applications and registrations upon receipt submission of all required documentation.


Registration with the college must occur within four weeks of commencement of training. No more than four calendar weeks training prior to receipt of all registration documentation can be accrued as approved vocational training.


Completed application and registration forms and required supporting documentation should be sent to:


Training and Assessments
Education Unit


PO Box 6095

St Kilda Road Central



For further information, please contact the applications and registrations officer on +61 3 9510 6299 or by
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