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Curriculum/Training Handbooks

The College offers four training programs dependent upon entry qualification and experience.

  • Fellowship of the RCPA for medical graduates
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology for medical or dental graduates
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Science, for science graduates
  • Post-Fellowship Diplomas, for existing RCPA Fellows who wish to pursue a sub-speciality

Discipline-specific handbooks for each program can be downloaded from this page. They contain detailed information on learning outcomes, activities and assessment. They must be read in conjunction with the RCPA Trainee Handbook - Administrative Requirements, which contains essential information relevant to all programs.

Fellowship of RCPA for Medical Graduates  

Anatomical Pathology

Chemical Pathology

Clinical Pathology

Forensic Pathology

General Pathology

Genetic Pathology


Clinical Genetics and Genetic Pathology Reciprocal Training Arrangement Guide

This guide has been developed by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPA) to provide trainees and supervisors with advice on how to complete Advanced Physician Training in Clinical Genetics concurrently with training in Genetic Pathology.


Haematology Transition Arrangements - applies in 2015 to Trainees who commence training before 2014.


Immunopathology Transition Arrangements - applies in 2015 to Trainees who commence training before 2014.


Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine

Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

The Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology offers training for two fellowships. The Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is open to registered dental practitioners in addition to medical graduates.

The Fellowship in Forensic Odontology involves the application of extensive dental-specific knowledge to legal and criminal issues and is open to registered dental practitioners. Forensic Odontology is a new discipline for the College having called for founding fellows in 2013.  The College currently has accredited training sites in Sydney and Melbourne. Please direct any queries to

Faculty of Science

Fellowship by examination discipline specific Handbooks are below.

Post Fellowship Diplomas

Post-Fellowship Diploma in Cytopathology

Post-Fellowship Diploma in Forensic Pathology

Post-Fellowship Diploma in Neuropathology

Post-Fellowship Diploma in Paediatric Pathology

Certificate in Forensic Medicine

The College has instituted the Certificate in Forensic Medicine (Cert For Med) as a qualification for candidates not eligible for the Fellowship or Post-Fellowship Diploma in Forensic Pathology. The Certificate in Forensic Medicine is set at a standard below that of Fellowship and of the Diploma in Forensic Pathology, to provide some assurance of competence and analytical ability in the major areas of forensic pathology.