Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)

GP registrars enrolled in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program and working towards completion of the FRACGP undertake a three-year program. The fellowship allows you to work as a vocationally-registered GP anywhere in Australia.

The FRACGP program is normally comprised of:

Hospital Training Time (HTT) 12 months
Extended Skills Six months
GP Terms 1-3 18 months

*The Extended skills placement can be completed prior to starting the GPT1 / PRRT1 (Basic) if it is undertaken in a hospital or community placement, e.g. obstetrics, paediatrics or palliative care.

Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)

Registrars who intend to become a rural GPs can also choose to complete an additional 12 months and receive a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)

The FARGP program is normally comprised of:

Advanced Skills Training 12 months
Hospital Training Time

Brief summary of the Hospital Training Time:

  • twelve months hospital
  • PMCWA accredited (or equivalent over east)
  • must be done at the beginning of the training program
  • complete mandatory hospital experience (if not already done)
    • general medicine
    • general surgery
    • emergency medicine
    • paediatrics*.

For more information, please refer to RACGP's Paediatric Term Requirements Policy.

As a new registrar, you will be required to have a hospital position to count as your Hospital Training Time lined up for when you start the program in January. For more information, please refer to the Selection Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

GPT 1-3

Brief overview of the General Practice Terms which are divided into three six-month terms referred to as:

  • GP term 1 (GPT1) - first six months
  • GP term 2 (GPT2) - second six months
  • GP term 3 (GPT3) - third six months

All terms have key educational requirements and posts that must be accredited by WAGPET and RACGP.

Extended Skills

Brief overview of the Extended Skills terms:

  • six months duration
  • one discipline
  • training facilities must be accredited by WAGPET on behalf of RACGP prior to starting placement
  • rural pathway registrars must complete their Extended Skills Term in a rural location (RA2-5)
  • non-GP Extended Skills posts can be undertaken at any point during training
  • GP Extended Skills can only be undertaken after completing GPT1-3.

In addition to the eighteen months of general practice training, all GP registrars are required to undertake six months of Extended Skills Training. You can either choose to further develop your skills and knowledge in a general practice setting (GP Extended Skills) or opt to work in a specialty area of particular interest to you (Non-GP Extended Skills).

Non GP Extended Skills options include:

  • Aboriginal health
  • drug and alcohol
  • emergency medicine
  • family planning
  • medical administration
  • mental health
  • obstetrics
  • occupational health
  • paediatrics
  • palliative care
  • sports medicine
  • travel medicine
  • women's health services.

If you are interested in a placement that does not appear on the list above, it may be possible the training facility can be accredited for you. To discuss, contact your WAGPET Program Training Advisor at least six months prior to commencement to allow time for the training facility to be accredited.

Advanced Rural Skills

If you would like to train towards your FARGP, you will need to undertake an additional year of training. ARST placements can be undertaken at any point during your training after you have completed your Hospital Training Time.

You must complete 12 months in one or two disciplines, such as:

  • Aboriginal health
  • anaesthetics
  • child and adolescent health
  • emergency medicine
  • mental health
  • obstetrics
  • palliative care
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • small town general practice
  • surgery.

Training for ARST must be undertaken in a post accredited by RACGP and WAGPET. If you find a suitable post that is not already accredited and fulfils RACGP’s and our requirements where you would like to undertake your AST, please let us know. WAGPET requires six months’ notice to give enough time to go through the accreditation process.

For full details on enrolling in your FARGP, including essential curriculum information, please visit the RACGP website.

RACGP training requirements

For a detailed overview of RACGP’s training requirements, please refer to the RACGP website.

Assessments / exams

For a detailed overview of all aspects of the assessment process, please refer to the RACGP website.

RACGP training policies

For information about RACGP's training requirements, please refer to the RACGP website.

RACGP registrar membership FAQs

Please read through the registrar membership FAQs.