Frequently Asked Questions

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The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to attend a course?

The below table shows the entry requirements for each of the College skills courses.

Criteria

ASSET

CCrISP®

CLEAR

EMST

TIPS

Medical graduate

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Minimum post graduate year

PGY2

PGY3

PGY1

PGY2

PGY2

Requirement of SET Training

 

Yes
(excl. Neuro)

Yes

Yes (Gen, Uro, Neuro, Paeds & Ortho NZ)

Yes

No

Post graduate date is based on "Date of first Registration" through AHPRA or MCNZ.

You must be eligible at the time of enrolment.

How can I enrol for a course?

Release dates are specified on the enrolment page for each program. Have your AHPRA or MCNZ number on hand. If enrolling for an EMST Refresher Course also have evidence of prior attendance on hand to upload at the time of enrolment. Payment is required at the time of enrolment.

I'm based in New Zealand. Can I attend an Australian course?

Yes, New Zealand based applicants may enrol for Australian courses.

What are my chances of getting a place when the release dates open?

There are often more candidates than course places; therefore it's important to enrol in a course near the release date.  Enrolments open five months prior to the course date for SET Trainees, and four months prior to the course date for all other eligible applicants.

If a course you wish to attend is fully subscribed, you may register for a reserve place. You're able to register for up to six reserve places in total across all RACS Skills courses. You will be contacted should a place become available. Please note: if you register for a reserve place but enrol in another course, the cancellation policy will still apply should you choose to take the reserve place offered.

How can I be kept up to date with release dates and information about courses?

Please join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Check this webpage for further updates.

When do I need to pay for my course?

Payment is due upon enrolment.

Payment methods

You may pay for your course using a Mastercard, Visa, or American Express card.

My workplace has offered to pay for the course, but must obtain an invoice first. How can I organise this?

Payment is required at the time of enrolment. You will need to seek reimbursement once payment has been made.

Why can't I see courses that I'm eligible to attend?

Your eligibility is determined by your "Date of first registration" provided by the relevant medical registration board. You must be eligible at the time of enrolment. Please contact skills.registration@surgeons.org if believe you should be able to enrol for a course, but are unable to do this online.

How can I transfer to another course?

A transfer is considered withdrawing from one course and enrolling to another.  If you chose to withdraw to move to an alternative course, the cancellation policy applies:

  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: 95% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

You will be required to enrol and pay for an alternative course. Refunds take approximately ten business days to process.

Who gets advanced access to courses?

  • SET Trainees required to complete skills courses as part of their training. Visit Guide to SET to check SET year for each specialty.
  • International Medical Graduates required to complete skills courses as part of their assessment.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Trainees required within the OMFS Training program.

Do I have to complete skills courses to apply to SET?

RACS skills courses are not a mandatory eligibility requirement for selection to the SET program, but are required to be undertaken during surgical training.

Most RACS skills courses are mandatory for SET Trainees.

My credit card details are not working on the website.

Please contact your financial institution if you receive an error message when entering your payment information.  Our system is unable to provide details as to why a payment is not going through. 

Who teaches these courses?

RACS skills courses are possible because of the contribution of volunteer multidisciplinary faculty which includes surgeons, emergency physicians, physicians, intensivists, anaesthetists and general practitioners. If you are interested in teaching on a skills course, please vist the Register as Faculty page. Over 1300 doctors teach across the five RACS Skills Courses.

Contact

All registration enquiries

skills.registration@surgeons.org

Australian courses

ASSET asset@surgeons.org

CCrISP® ccrisp@surgeons.org

CLEAR clear@surgeons.org

EMST emst@surgeons.org

TIPS tips@surgeons.org

New Zealand courses

ASSET asset.nz@surgeons.org

CCrISP® ccrisp.nz@surgeons.org

EMST emst.nz@surgeons.org