In 2022, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) raised concerns with several medical colleges that the term ‘Diploma’ required ACEM and other colleges to be registered as a higher education provider with TEQSA under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011. TEQSA requested all medical colleges that were not registered to cease using the term by the end of December 2023.

Throughout 2023, ACEM and other medical colleges impacted by this request engaged in discussions with TEQSA and the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care to advocate for change to legislation or find a solution that would allow the longstanding programs to retain the original titles, particularly given the standard and reputation of the existing programs.

On 18 January 2024, TEQSA officially advised ACEM that by the end of February 2024, the College, and all other medical colleges not registered with TEQSA, must cease conferring all programs using the name ‘Diploma’ and change the names and titles to comply with TEQSA Act. Failure to do so by this date would result in significant financial penalties. Therefore, ACEM has changed the names of its current training programs as outlined below. 

Current Program Name
Before 1 March 2024

New Program Name
After 1 March 2024

New Post-nominals
(for new ACEM members completing programs after 1st March 2024)

Emergency Medicine Diploma

Associateship in Intermediate Emergency Medicine

AACEM (Intermediate) 

Emergency Medicine Advanced Diploma 

Associateship in Advanced Emergency Medicine  

AACEM (Advanced) 

Diploma of Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine 

Associateship in Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine  


It is important to note that the change is only to the names of the programs and postnominals. The curriculum, requirements, standard of assessments, processes, and skills and knowledge obtained through completing these programs are not changing.  

Completing the programs continues to result in eligibility to become an Associate Member with ACEM and use of the relevant postnominals.  

Over the coming months, ACEM will be working intensively to update the handbooks, regulations, policies, training portals, and other such communications that reference the Diplomas to reflect the new names, in accordance with extended period granted by TEQSA to update the associated material and information.


  • Why is ACEM changing the names of its Diploma qualifications?
  • What is TEQSA?
  • Are these changes from TEQSA affecting other Medical Specialist Colleges?
  • What are the changes being made to the existing EMD, EMAD and DipPHRM training programs?
  • Will my training program content/requirements change?
  • Will the timeframe for completion of the programs change?
  • If I enrol before 1 March, will I be awarded a Diploma/Advanced Diploma?
  • If I complete my existing program after 1 March, what qualification will I be awarded with?
  • Will this affect my current membership as a Diplomate or Advanced Diplomate?
  • Can I still use the post nominals with ‘Diploma’ and ‘Advanced Diploma’?
  • Will there be any individual exceptions to the TEQSA ruling?
  • I will finish my program before March 1, will I still be awarded the EMD/AD or DipPHRM?
  • Will there be any changes to the program fees?
  • When did ACEM become aware of this change?
  • Who can I talk to about these changes?
  • Can TEQSA provide more information?
  • I only have exams to complete, can I still receive the ‘Diploma/Advanced Diploma’?