Curriculum/Training Handbooks

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

  • Fellowship of the RCPA for medical graduates
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine 
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • 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  

From January 2019 the Fellowship in Anatomical Pathology no longer requires training or assessment in autopsy. Trainees who wish to have evidence of competency in autopsy are required to undertake a separate Autopsy Certificate.


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.

Clinical Genetics Genetic Pathology Reciprocal Training Arrangements

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

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. An updated version of the Trainee handbook will be available in the future.

Copyright © 2019 RCPA. All rights reserved.