Application and registration
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 years) 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 program can be found in the following links and documents:
- ANZCA anaesthesia training program (outline of the training program)
- Anaesthesia training program curriculum
- Regulation 37
- Training and Accreditation Handbook.
Please note that ANZCA is no longer accepting registrations for training in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
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:
- Be a registered medical practitioner.
- Have completed at least 52 weeks (full-time equivalent) of PMET. (You are encouraged to submit 104 weeks of PMET if already complete. See step two: registration for additional details of PMET requirements.)
- Pay the application fee.
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. The amount of this fee will be determined in the coming months. Failure to pay the application maintenance fee within 13 weeks of the due date will result in your applicant status being withdrawn, in which case you will then need to reapply before registering with the College.
Please note: the College's acceptance of an application does not guarantee entry into the training program, nor employment by an accredited training hospital.
Step two: Registration
Registration is undertaken once you have obtained a 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.
To qualify as an ANZCA trainee in an ANZCA-approved department of anaesthesia, a trainee has to be working at that training site in a way which complies with all the requirements for training ANZCA trainees. These requirements include, but are not necessarily limited to, appropriate levels of supervision, a suitable mix of cases including acute emergency cases, the ANZCA assessment processes, and comprehensive access to all the educational, teaching and quality assurance programs. An ANZCA supervisor of training or rotational supervisor must verify that the trainee is in a post which complies with all these requirements. This applies to all ANZCA training sites.
From September 1, 2012, 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 confirmation of appointment to an ANZCA-accredited training site.
- Pay the registration fee.
- Pay the annual training fee.
Checklist of documentation to be submitted with application, registration or both
|Steps 1 + 2
Application and registration
|Completed application & registration form
|Passport-size photograph (ensure this is attached securely to the form)||Yes||Submitted in initial application||Yes|
|Certified copy* (in English) of your qualifying medical degree showing date of graduation||Yes||Yes|
|A copy of your birth certificate or identity page of your current passport||Yes||Yes|
|Certified copy* of your current medical registration||Yes||Yes|
|Signed ANZCA training program application agreement||Yes||No|
|Signed library user agreement (page 6 of the application and registration form )||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|A copy of your marriage certificate, change of name notice or your medical registration indicating a change of name.||If applicable||If applicable||If applicable|
|Certified copy* of your prevocational medical education and training (PMET) on an original hospital document||Minimum of
|Residual time totalling a
|Minimum of 104 weeks|
|Payment of relevant fee||Application fee||Registration
|Signed training agreement||Not required||Yes||Yes|
|A letter on original hospital letterhead, confirming your appointment to an ANZCA-accredited training site, including the start date of approved training||Yes||Yes|
|Annual training fee||Yes||Yes|
*Certified copies must be signed by a justice of the peace or equivalent official, and contain the following information:
Certified true copy of original document.
Date of certification.
Signature of certifier.
Name and position of the certifier.
The College cannot process any applications or registrations until it receives all required documentation.
Registration with the College must occur within four weeks of the trainee starting approved vocational training to allow adequate time for relevant training components of introductory training to be met. If the application is received later than four weeks following the commencement of vocational training time, any time spent after the first four weeks until the time the application is received will not be counted towards accredited training time. It is strongly recommended that trainees begin the registration process as soon as they have secured a training position.
Send the completed application and registration form and required supporting documentation to:
Applications and Registrations Officer
Records Management Unit
PO Box 6095
St Kilda Road Central
VIC 8008 AUSTRALIA
For further information, please contact the applications and registrations officer on +61 3 9510 6299 or by email:
Training program materials
Upon application, you will receive:
- Access to the ANZCA website.
- Access to online library resources that are restricted to College ID and password log-in via the ANZCA website including online journals, online textbooks, databases, patient information, tips for keeping current, resources for research, useful links and use of physical library upon appointment arranged with the library.
- Access to College information via the monthly ANZCA e-Newsletter and monthly Training e-Newsletter and electronic information about upcoming conferences and activities.
Upon registering as a trainee, you will have:
- Access to the training portfolio system used for recording time, cases and procedures, assessments, etc. This will be available at the start of the 2013 hospital employment year.
- Further access to ANZCA Library services such as borrowing books or other library material, access to articles not available online, literature searching, current awareness services and information queries and requests (for example, copyright/research advice).