Course Accreditation Process

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Courses accredited by the College

2012 Course Accreditation Logo WatermarkFellows and surgical trainees regularly participate in educational activities. Courses and educational activities developed and delivered by providers other than the College may be accredited by RACS. The College lists all RACS accredited courses and educational activities.  RACS accredited online training is also listed on the eLearning page (login required).

Courses may be accredited for Fellows' Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or for Surgical Education and Training (SET) training, or both. This page provides information about accreditation for SET training activities. CPD points are not awarded in the SET course accreditation process although, when applying for accreditation, course developers may also nominate to have their application considered for CPD approval.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is the formal recognition of a course or educational activity by RACS and demonstrates that a course or educational activity meets College quality assurance requirements. Trainees can be confident that accredited courses are of educational merit. Providers of accredited courses may use the RACS accreditation logo to promote accredited courses and all accredited courses are listed on the College website.

Eligible activities

Courses and educational activities accredited by the College support trainees and pre-vocational doctors to obtain, maintain and extend their professional skills. Accredited courses and educational activities may be requirements of SET or might be in addition to course requirements; they may be entire courses or components of training (for example, individual subjects, units or modules).

Some activities that could be eligible for accreditation are:

  • university courses for medical students
  • postgraduate level courses
  • online learning activities
  • practice visit programs
  • conferences and workshops
  • short courses

Activities not on this list will also be considered.

Please note that there are no Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points attached to accreditation of activities for trainees.

How to apply

RACS is pleased to consider courses and educational activities for accreditation that are developed and delivered by other organisations. Course developers who wish to apply for accreditation must submit an online application as below and are advised to read the following:

Course and educational activity accreditation policy (PDF)
Course accreditation flowchart (PDF)
RACS accreditation application form (PDF 2.78MB) 

The course accreditation assessment process normally takes up to three months to complete. The College respects applicants' intellectual property rights in their learning resources submitted with applications.


The 2015 application fee for accreditation of educational activities is:

Australia - $1,310.00 (inc. GST)
New Zealand - $1,580.00 (inc. GST)

Following receipt of application, an invoice for the above non-refundable fee will be sent to the applicant.


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