ACRRM – Specialist Stream

ACRRM – Specialist Stream

This pathway is available for General Practitioners being assessed by ACRRM to join the specialist pathway and become a FACRRM General Practitioner in Australia. 

After the assessment process is completed, you will be determined as either substantially or partially comparable. If you are awarded not comparable, you will need to apply either through the Standard Pathway or Competent Authority Pathway. 

If assessed as partially comparable you will be required to participate in 24 months under ‘peer review’ prior to receiving Fellowship with ACRRM. 

If assessed as substantially comparable you will be required to participate in 12 months under ‘peer review’ prior to receiving Fellowship with ACRRM.

Peer review includes: 

  • Clinical Practice under Peer Review
  • Completion of the SIMG Orientation Program
  • Participation in Professional Development Program (PDP)
  • Assessments as determined by the ACRRM Panel; can include Multi Source Feedback, Mini Clinical Examination, Multiple Choice Question Examination, Case Based Discussion and Structured Assessment using Multiple Patient Scenarios 


You’ll need to have:

  • 2 years full-time experience as a GP after the Fellowship Qualification was obtained and 3 years full-time equivalent GP experience post internship
  • 4 weeks full-time equivalent GP Practice in the last 12 months or 3 months full-time equivalent GP practice in the last 3 years and 50 hours CPD in the last 12 months
  • Additionally, a minimum of 6 months experience in a rural area will assist your application but is not required to apply. 

At this stage, the following qualifications have been approved as acceptable for comparability assessment. If your qualification isn’t on there, you’ll first need to have your curriculum assessed. 

BelgiumSpecialist Certificate in General practice/family medicine
CanadaCertificate in Family Medicine from College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) + Evidence of Canadian Qualifying Examinations Part 1 +2 post 1992 can apply for Fellowship ad eundum gradum

Holders of the CFPC pre 1992 on certification of the College of Family Physicians Canada can apply through ACRRM’s Specialist Pathway

DenmarkSpecialist Certificate in Family Medicine
Hong KongFellowship of the Hong Kong College of General Practitioners
IrelandMembers of the Irish College of General Practice (MICGP) that are graduates of ICGP through passing the MICGP examination
NetherlandsCertificate of Specific Training for General Practice
New ZealandFellows of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine New Zealand (FDRHMNZ)

Fellows of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP) holding the Certificate of Completion of Training can apply for Fellowship ad eundum gradum.

NorwayCertificate of Specific Training for General Medical Practice
SingaporeFellowship of the College of Family Physicians Singapore
South AfricaFellowship of the College of Family Medicine (FCFP)

Holders of Master of Family Medicine, South Africa

Holders of Master of Prax Medicine, South Africa

SwedenCertificate of Specific Training for General Practice
United KingdomMembership of the Royal College of General Practice (MRCGP) holding the Certificate of Completion of Training

Membership of the Royal College of General Practice holding the Certificate of the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice (MRCGP with JCPTGP)

Membership of the Royal College of General Practice holding the Certificate of Completion of Training from the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB)

Membership of the Royal College of General Practice via iMAP – As this is a newly developed pathway to MRCGP, until December 2014 ACRRM will be conducting a comparative analysis and evaluation of iMAP to assess equivalence to Australian training and assessment for the purposes of Specialist Pathway. While these activities are being conducted ACRRM will as part of the evaluation process accept applications from candidates who hold MRCGP via iMAP

USAHolders of Certificate of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)



What Body?What For?Fee?
EPICEPIC Portfolio Establishment$125US


EPICAdd a Credential to EPIC Portfolio$90US/credential
EPICSend a Report Verifying the Authenticity of a CredentialFirst Report: $15US/credential

Subsequent Report: $35US/credential

AMCEstablish an AMC portfolio (including 1 x qualification)$500AUD
AMCAdditional Qualifications$40AUD/qualification 
ACRRMPathway Fees

IMG Support Fee 

Assessment Fee (Price May Vary)


$2608AUD/Per Year


AHPRAAHPRA Application Limited: $787AUD

Provisional: $393AUD

AHPRAAHPRA RegistrationLimited: $787AUD

Provisional: $393AUD

Specialist: $787AUD

TotalTotal to Budget For EPIC, AMC ACRRM & AHPRA$19,896AUD
Other Considerations
  • Applications Support Assistance
  • Visa Costs
  • Migration agent/lawyer costs
  • Relocation costs



What Body?Time
EPICWhen you upload a credential to EPIC, it will be processed within 5 business days, and a request to your institution issued for verification. Once a response from your institution is received, EPIC will process this and update the portal within 5 business days. 
EPIC will make 4 attempts to contact your institution for verification of your qualification. 
AMCThis process will take 3-5 working days. Your AMC candidate number will be confirmed in the email once your application has been processed, with further instructions. 
ACRRM60 days
AHPRAPending next board meeting date, 5 business days to process “AHPRA in Principle” then 5 business days once the doctor has done their physical ID check
Medicare28 Business Days


 Process (Quick Links)


What Body?Time
AHPRA under “Specialist Registration”

“Application for registration as a medical specialist (applicants who do not hold general registration) – AGSP-30”


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