Applications for Selection into FACEM Training for the 2019 training year have now closed. If you missed the deadline, you can apply online next year. Application dates for the 2020 training year will be available on this page once confirmed.
Before applying for selection into FACEM Training
Prior to applying for selection into FACEM Training, you should have a sound understanding of:
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 Specialist Training Program will not be accepted.
Determine your eligibility to apply for entry into the FACEM Training Program in Australia or New Zealand
To be eligible to apply for selection into FACEM Training, you must satisfy the following requirements at the time of application, and supply associated supporting documentation.
View a list of required supporting documentation.
1. You must have one of the following:
2. You must have one of the following:
- Citizenship in the country of application, or
- Have been granted Permanent Residency status in the country of application, or
- All necessary approvals to undertake training in the country of application, including an appropriate visa.
3. You must have one of the following:
4. You must be in at least your second postgraduate year (PGY2) at the time of application and have completed the following:
- A minimum of one full term in emergency medicine, completed in or after PGY2, in Australia and/or New Zealand, in the last two years, and
- A minimum of two full terms in two different disciplines other than emergency medicine.
Please note: with respect to the minimum term requirements above;
- A full term is defined as a minimum of eight weeks full time equivalent (FTE) of clinical work, exclusive of any leave.
- Locum work is not included.
- Terms in emergency medicine during the intern year (PGY1) are not included.
- Terms in disciplines other than emergency medicine may be completed outside Australia and New Zealand, and may include terms undertaken during the intern year (PGY1).
You are strongly encouraged to undertake terms in disciplines other than emergency medicine in your second (and subsequent, where applicable) postgraduate years in order to diversify your experience.
Former FACEM Trainees
If you are a former trainee, you must apply for selection into FACEM Training.
There is no automatic right for any former trainee to be invited to re-enrol in the FACEM Training Program.
If you are a former trainee who successfully completes the selection process and are invited to re-enrol, you may be subject to specific conditions.
If you are a former trainee seeking to apply for selection into FACEM Training and re-enrol into the FACEM Training Program, you must have a thorough understanding of the Policy on Former Trainees Applying for Selection.
Am I eligible to apply for selection?
If you are a former trainee who (unless ineligibility rules apply);
- voluntarily withdrew from the FACEM Training Program, or
- was removed from the FACEM Training Program for failure to pay outstanding fees.
You may apply for selection into FACEM Training, but only after a period of three years has elapsed since the time your initial period of training was terminated.
Am I ineligible to apply for selection?
The following former trainees are not eligible to apply for selection into FACEM Training:
- Those who have either voluntarily withdrawn, or been removed from the FACEM Training Program for failure to pay, on two occasions.
- Those removed from the FACEM Training Program for performance-related issues.
- Those who do not hold general registration to practice medicine with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ).
Application and Enrolment Dates
The dates displayed below are applicable to the state in which you are intending to complete your training, rather than where you are currently based.
If you wish to complete your training in NSW or New Zealand, you must submit your application before 8th July 2018.
||NSW & New Zealand*
||Rest of Australia
(VIC, TAS, ACT, QLD, NT, SA, WA)
||6 June 2018
||6 August 2018
||8 July 2018
||7 September 2018
|All references due
||22 July 2018
||5 October 2018
|Selection into Training Subcommittee meeting
||6 August 2018
||12 November 2018
|Notification to applicants
||17 August 2018
||7 December 2018
||19 November 2018
||21 January 2019
* The New Zealand training year commences earlier than the training year in Australia, which is why the selection of New Zealand candidates occurs before Australian candidates.
^ 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.
How to apply
Important note: An application for selection into FACEM Training does not guarantee a place on the FACEM Training Program. If you are successful in the selection process you will be invited to enrol by ACEM.
If you are successful in the selection process and are invited to enrol into the FACEM Training Program, you must note that your training does not commence until you have completed PGY2, have obtained a training position in a site accredited for FACEM training and complete the enrolment process, as detailed in your invitation to enrol.
The ACEM selection into FACEM Training process consists of three components:
Curriculum Vitae Application form
This form comprises:
- Personal details
- Eligibility criteria, including:
- Medical degree
- Citizenship/Permanent Residence status/Visa(s)
- Medical registration details
- Postgraduate training details.
- Other information, including:
- Previous enrolment in the FACEM Training Program (see Former FACEM Trainees section above)
- Relevant Professional Development
- Activities and leadership
- Indigenous origin/identity
- Nominated referees
You must provide details of four referees to complete Selection References, and details for your Director of Emergency Medicine (DEM) to complete an Institutional Reference.
All referees must have worked with you during your most recent full ED term. The term must have been completed in the last two (2) years (in or after PGY2), in Australia or New Zealand, not including intern or locum work.
Referees nominated from previous terms will be deemed invalid and will not be considered as part of your application.
References are completed as a structured response, which addresses the following criteria:
- Prioritisation and Decision Making
- Teamwork and Collaboration
You must submit the details of four referees from your most recent full Emergency Medicine term, completed in the last two years (PGY2 or later, not including intern or locum work).
Nominated referees must be able to provide an informed professional opinion of you in all areas of the reference. You should approach your referees before providing their details, and ensure that they know you, and your work, well enough to be able to provide an adequate reference. . If the referee is unable to provide their opinion, for example, due to lack of adequate knowledge of and/or contact with you, you will be informed by us and the details of another more suitable referee must be provided.
References that do not address all the criteria may be deemed invalid and result in an unsuccessful application. Therefore we strongly recommend that prior to your application, you ensure that you are networking well and making yourself known to the persons you hope to secure a reference from.
Your referees must be composed of the following roles, as a minimum:
- One must be the Director of Emergency Medicine Training (DEMT), or in departments not accredited for the FACEM Training Program, the Director of Emergency Medicine (DEM).
- One must be the Term Supervisor if this is not also the DEMT.
- One other senior EM consultant, defined as at least three years since commencing employment as an EM consultant.
- One other senior clinician (medical or EM nurse). Senior medical staff includes non-EM consultants.
Once your application is submitted, a request to complete the Selection Reference will be sent to your nominated referees for completion by the stipulated due date. You must ensure that your referees are able to submit your completed reference by the deadline.
You must submit the details of the Director of Emergency Medicine (DEM) from your most recent full Emergency Medicine term, completed in the last two years (PGY2 or later, not including intern or locum work).
Once your application is submitted, a request to complete the Institutional Reference will be sent to the DEM for completion by the stipulated due date. You should approach your DEM before providing their details, so they know to expect this request.
Relevant senior clinical staff work together to complete the Institutional Reference, which assesses your suitability to train in the FACEM Training Program.
Overall application scoring
Scores for the CV Application, Selection References and IRs are set against a standard deemed by us to be required of a doctor commencing FACEM training. Offers to enrol in the FACEM Training Program are based on the following weighting of scores from the three selection into FACEM Training components:
Notification of selection into FACEM Training outcome
Following completion of the selection into FACEM Training process, you will be notified of the outcome of your application.
What happens if my application is successful?
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.
Successful applicants must note that training will not be credited towards FACEM training until you have completed PGY2, which must be by the start of the 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) or Diploma (EMD) Program you can apply for the FACEM Training Program, but must have completed or withdrawn from the EMC or EMD before completing enrolment into the FACEM Training Program. Please check the EMCD exam dates to ensure you will have the opportunity to complete the EMC or EMD before the enrolment due date for the FACEM Training Program.
What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified and provided with feedback on your application, including a summary of the areas that were considered deficient.
If you are seeking to reapply for selection into FACEM training, you will be encouraged to undertake further terms in emergency medicine, as well as terms in non-emergency disciplines, and seek new referees for your Selection References.
How many times can I apply for Selection into FACEM Training?
All applicants will be allowed a maximum of three attempts at selection into the FACEM Training Program. As per all College decisions, the ACEM Reconsideration, Review and Appeals Policy applies.
If you are a successful applicant who does not accept your invitation to enrol, and do not apply to defer your enrolment, you will still have your selection application counted towards the maximum number of attempts allowed.
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
If you have undertaken relevant work or study, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT). Prior to applying for RPL/CT, you must have a thorough understanding of the Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer. RPL/CT may be granted in the following areas:
An application for RPL/CT must be submitted after enrolment, within six months of commencement of the FACEM Training Program.
Notices for payment of Annual Training Fees are issued mid-October for the following training year and are payable by 1 January.
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may apply to us for financial special consideration. Fees may be allowed to be paid in instalments, with an agreed schedule of payment. Applications for financial special consideration must:
- Be made in writing to our Council of Education via email.
- Reach us prior to 1 January for the applicable training year.
- Include a proposed schedule for payment of fees.
Non-payment of fees
Non-payment of fees by the due date will result initially with a late payment fee and, ultimately, in removal from the FACEM Training Program.
For more information about enrolling into the FACEM Training Program, go to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact our Selection Department via email.
Q. Will there be a decrease in the number of training positions available with the introduction of the selection into FACEM Training?
A. There is no quota on training positions and the College will enrol all applicants who are assessed as meeting the standard required for FACEM Training as FACEM trainees.
If you want to apply for RMO positions or if you're seeking employment in emergency departments for 2018, you should do so. Changes to enrolment for 2017-2018 and the introduction of the new selection process does not preclude doctors from filling suitable positions in emergency departments.
Q. Why has the College introduced this new enrolment system?
A. The guiding principle underpinning the new selection process is to select those applicants who are likely to succeed in emergency medicine, both as trainees, and as FACEMs.
We're also becoming more in line with selection processes used at other Australasian medical specialty colleges by having a single intake for applications each calendar year.
Additionally, we're aligning with typical emergency medicine recruitment timelines in Australia and New Zealand, enabling timely notification of outcomes to applicants and hospitals.
Q. What is the background?
A. ACEM has been processing and enrolling up to 500 applicants into the FACEM Training Program each calendar year.
Additionally, ACEM oversees the training of 2,500 FACEM trainees at various stages of the program across Australia and New Zealand.
Effectively, the nature of the former enrolment process enabled prospective trainees to enrol at almost any time through the year - this relatively deregulated approach to enrolment had reached a stage where it was no longer considered sustainable or in the best interests of those involved in the training process.
Q. How was the decision made to introduce selection into training?
A. A Selection into FACEM Training Working Group was set up and met at regular intervals in 2016 and 2017. The Working Group made a number of recommendations which were adopted by the College's governing bodies, the Council of Education and the Board.
Q. Can I complete two split-terms of ED to make up a full term (8 weeks FTE) when combined?
A. Yes, provided that you are completing the terms at the same site with the same DEMT, you do not need to complete the full term in one block.
Q. I’m a citizen of the country of application, but I don’t have a passport. What evidence should I provide?
A. Please provide evidence in the form of a birth certificate, and other official photographic ID such as a Driver’s Licence.
Q. Can I use Australian referees for my application if I intend to complete my training in New Zealand?
A. Yes, your referees should be from your most recent full ED term, regardless of where you are planning to complete your training. If your most recent ED term prior to application was in Australia, it is your referees from this term that should be nominated in your application.
Q. I am currently working as a doctor overseas and would like to apply for Emergency Medicine training in Australia. What’s the process?
A. Overseas doctors that are not currently Emergency Medicine specialists in their home country are entitled to apply for FACEM training. Overseas doctors are subject to the same eligibility and selection criteria and must submit an application for Selection into FACEM Training to be considered.
Q. When nominating my referees, if the DEMT was also my term supervisor, who should I nominate for my fourth referee?
A. Your additional referee should be another EM Consultant.
Q. I have completed one full term in Paediatric Emergency Medicine; will this count as my ED requirement?
A. There is currently no specification about which type of ED your requisite full term should be in. Therefore, a full term in Paediatric Emergency Medicine will meet the requirement.
Q. How do I get my previous experience considered as credit towards the training requirements of the FACEM training program?
A. You must still complete the Selection into FACEM Training process before submitting details of your experience. Successful applicants will be invited to enrol in the training program and upon enrolment will be given further details of how to make a submission for recognition of previous experience.
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers are considered on a case by case basis. Please ensure you have a full understanding of our Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer before making a submission.
Q. I am applying for Selection into FACEM Training under the ‘Rest of Australia’ timeline. Will I be able to sit the 2019.1 Primary Exam?
A. Yes, successful applicants will be notified of the decision on 7 December 2018 and will be eligible to enrol in the training program from this date. Applicants must have completed their enrolment and submitted an application to sit the exam by 11 January 2019 in order to be eligible for the 2019.1 Primary Exam. The ‘Enrolment Due Date’ of 21 January 2019 is the final date that successful applicants may accept their offer to enrol in time to commence training for the 2019 training year.
Q. What if I can’t meet the criteria for nominated references?
A. If you have not worked with at least two FACEMs in your most recent term, you may instead nominate a Senior GP Specialist working in the ED.
Senior EM Consultants with less than 3 years’ experience, and additional senior clinicians can also be nominated in circumstances where you have not worked with individuals that meet the criteria.
If necessary, you may also nominate a Fellow of another college with a comparable training program, e.g. RACGP, ACRRM, RNZCGP, RNZCUC. References from locums of less than 6-months’ duration will not be accepted.
Q. There is no DEM or DEMT at my hospital. Who should I nominate for my Institutional Reference?
A. You should provide the details for your head of department or senior clinician. They do not need to be a FACEM.
Q. How do I find out which of my referees hasn’t submitted their reference?
A. Due to confidentiality reasons, we can’t give you this information. We’d recommend that you contact all your referees to check they’ve received our email and remind them to complete the reference if they haven’t already done so.
Q. I will have general registration by the start of the training year. Can I still apply?
A. No, you must have general registration at the time of application.
Q. I will have completed a full 8-week term in Emergency by the time the references are due. Can I still apply?
A. No, you must have completed an 8-week term in Emergency at the time of application.
Q. I’ve been nominated as a referee on a candidate’s application. What do I need to do?
A. Please read our information for referees to familiarise yourself with the process. Then visit https://selection.acem.org.au and login with the credentials you received in the email.
Please Note: This site is not part of the ACEM website; it is a stand-alone system, not part of the Member Portal, and your ACEM member logins (if you have them) will not work.