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New Eligibility Requirements in Effect for 2021 Applications

The eligibility requirements for entry into the FACEM Training program have recently changed. These changes apply for the 2021 application rounds. Please see the ‘Eligibility Criteria’ below, for the updated requirements.

Revised FACEM Training Program for 2022

A revised FACEM Training Program will be implemented for the start of the 2022 Training Year. All trainees enrolling in the FACEM training program from 2022 will be undertaking the revised program. More details about the changes to the program are available on our website; further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Change to New Zealand Term Dates

In accordance with the recent decision made by the District Health Boards, New Zealand registrar rotations will be aligned to Australian term dates from 2021. All successful applicants from the 2020 ACEM Selection into FACEM Training process will commence their training on Monday, 1 February 2021.

Application and Enrolment Dates

Current applicants from Round 2 of the 2020 selection process will be notified of their outcomes on 7 December 2020. Successful applicants from this round must complete their enrolment form by 27 January 2021.

Applicants for Selection into FACEM Training may apply in either Round 1 or Round 2. Access to ACEM’s Primary Exam resources will be available upon completion of enrolment and payment of all applicable fees. Applicants may submit one application per year only.

All applicants must commence training at the start of the following medical training year.

Key dates 

Round 1

Round 2

Applications open

3 May 2021

16 August 2021

Applications close

15 June 2021

28 September 2021

Situational Judgement Test



All references due

5 July 2021

18 October 2021

Selection into Training Subcommittee meeting

10 August 2021

23 November 2021

Notification to applicants

23 August 2021

6 December 2021

Enrolment due*

22 November 2021

24 January 2022

* Enrolment is specified as acceptance of the Trainee Agreement and submission of an application to enrol. Applicants will be considered trainees upon payment of the enrolment fee and annual training fee and commencement of the medical training year​.

Please Note: Due dates listed in the above table are observed until 23:59 Victorian time (AEST/AEDT, as appropriate) on the displayed date.

Before applying for selection into FACEM Training

Before applying for selection into FACEM Training, you should have read and understood the following:

The ACEM Council of Education reserves the right to refuse any application for selection into FACEM Training.  Any application that is not submitted in accordance with Regulation B FACEM Training Program will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the application process, please refer to our FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Am I eligible to apply for Selection into the FACEM Training Program?

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Former FACEM Trainees
  • Trainees of other training programs

How to apply

An application for selection into FACEM Training does not guarantee a place on the FACEM Training Program. However, if you are successful in the selection process you will be invited to enrol by ACEM.

We recommend that you read through our Information Guide on applications for Selection into the FACEM Training Program, to familiarise yourself with the form and requirements before you begin your application.

View a list of required supporting documentation for details of appropriate documentation for each section of the application below.

The ACEM selection into FACEM Training process for 2020 consists of four components. The first three – the Structured CV Form, Selection References, and Institutional Reference are completed via the online application process and managed internally by the College. The fourth component – the Situational Judgement Test, is managed by an external provider.

  • Structured Curriculum Vitae Form
  • Selection References
  • Institutional Reference
  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

What happens after I've applied?

If your application is successful, you will be invited to enrol into the FACEM Training Program and must do so by the due date or forfeit your invitation to enrol. You may also apply to defer the commencement of your training. Full details of enrolment and deferral can be found in our Trainee Enrolment Policy.

Training will not be certified towards FACEM Training requirements until the commencement of the following medical training year. You must also obtain a training position in a site accredited for FACEM training and have completed the enrolment process, including payment of enrolment and annual training fees.

If you are currently enrolled in our Emergency Medicine Certificate (EMC), Emergency Medicine Diploma (EMD) or Emergency Medicine Advanced Diploma (EMAD) Program you may apply for the FACEM Training Program, but you must have either completed or withdrawn from the EMC, EMD or EMAD before enrolling into the FACEM Training Program. Please check the EMCD exam dates to ensure you will have the opportunity to complete your program before your enrolment due date for the FACEM Training Program.

  • Application Review
  • What happens if my application is successful?
  • What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
  • How many times can I apply for Selection into FACEM Training?

What can I do now to prepare?

  • Plan ahead
  • Think about your referees
  • Seek advice and support

What to expect in your first year of training

It’s important that anyone thinking of joining the FACEM Training Program read the FACEM Training Program Handbook. Your training is your responsibility, and prospective trainees need to be prepared for what will be expected of them throughout the training program. The key things you’ll need to prepare for are:

  • Starting your training
  • 6m ED in your first year
  • Structured References
  • Getting your placements sorted
  • Primary Written Examination
  • Assessing Cultural Competency Modules

Other Information

  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
  • Fees


If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please contact the Selection Team via email.

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Completing the Application
  • After Submitting Your Application
  • Providing a reference for a candidate