In addition to the training time requirements specific to the Training Stages, trainees complete a broad range of assessment activities and other training requirements throughout the FACEM Training Program. Together, these ensure the continuous development of knowledge, skills, and attributes that will prepare you for a  career as a specialist in emergency medicine. Trainees, FACEMs and Assessors can access more detailed information, resources, and guides on completing these assessments on the Educational Resources site.

Assessment Requirements

Trainees are assessed on their progress through the FACEM Training Program via a number of different Workplace-Based Assessments. These are split into two categories; In-Training Assessments (ITAs) and Emergency Medicine Workplace-Based Assessments (EM-WBAs).


ITAs track a trainee’s progress against the learning outcomes that are defined in each domain of the ACEM Curriculum Framework. Feedback is a vital resource in medicine and the ITA process aims to narrow the gap between the actual and desired performance of a trainee by providing feedback based on observations of the consultant group. ITAs provide the opportunity for trainees to self-reflect on their performance and discuss this with their supervisor.
ITAs are conducted by the DEMT or supervisor at regular intervals throughout training. One ITA is completed for every 3-month calendar period a trainee spends in a placement.

  • 2023 Term Dates


EM-WBAs are observational assessments of your clinical performance in Emergency Medicine. They are conducted by different assessors at various stages of the Training Program and involve discussions, structured feedback, and ratings. WBAs assist trainees in learning and developing their own practice.
There are specific WBAs required for each Training Stage of the Program. In order to demonstrate continuous progression towards the required standard of each Training Stage, it is recommended that trainees complete at least one EM-WBA per month.
The final Training Stage of the FACEM Training Program provides an opportunity for trainees to develop their skills in the domains of leadership and management, teamwork and collaboration, and scholarship and teaching. These requirements acknowledge the work that is already being undertaken by many trainees, provide an opportunity for structured feedback and aim to ensure a consistent experience for trainees across all sites.
There are several different types of EM-WBAs. Further information and links are available in the relevant sections below:

  • Case-based Discussions (CbD)
  • Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercises (Mini-CEX)
  • Communication Skills
  • Shift Reports
  • Team Lead

Additional Training Requirements

There are some additional requirements of the FACEM Training Program that are not time-based.
These include:

  • Procedural Requirement (Core DOPS) – completed at any time during Training Stages 1-4.
  • Research Requirement – completed at any time during Training Stages 1-3.
  • Paediatric Emergency Requirement – completed at any time during Training Stages 1-3. 

Trainees also complete a Mortality & Morbidity (M&M) presentation, a Guideline/Protocol Review or Audit and a Formal Teaching Presentation at any time during Training Stages 3-4.

  • Procedural Requirement
  • Research Requirement
  • Paediatric Emergency Requirement
  • Guideline/Protocol Review or Audit
  • Mortality & Morbidity (M&M) Presentation
  • Formal Teaching Presentation

Learning and Development Plan

We encourage all trainees to complete a Learning and Development Plan (LDP) before each placement.

Although it is not a requirement of the FACEM Training Program (unless you are on a Special Skills Placement), an LDP is your individualised plan for your pathway to Fellowship. It guides your discussion with your Director of Emergency Medicine Training (DEMT) or Supervisor about your development goals for each training placement.

  • How to Complete an LDP

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