Australian and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training (ASSET)

Course overview

For information about the content of the course please visit ASSET overview.


It is important to note that ASSET course is not a mandatory eligibility requirement for selection to the SET program, but is required to be undertaken in SET1. Priority for courses is given to surgical trainees.

Please note that to attend ASSET you must be a medical graduate.  Places will only be available to doctors post-graduate year 2+.  

You must be eligible at the time of enrolment.

Equivalent courses

The College recognises that the ASSET course is equivalent to the Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills (BSS) course delivered by the following Colleges:

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland


For information about how to register for a course please visit ASSET online enrolment.

Surgical skills videos

Resources previously available only to ASSET course participants can now be accessed through the JDocs website, including videos on the following topics:

• Standard precautions
• Incisions
• Knot tying
• Suturing
• Surgical instruments



  • Australia - $3485.00 (incl. GST)
  • New Zealand - $4115.00 (incl. GST)

In Australia, the ASSET course is an approved course under the tax system. This exempts surgical Trainees of the College from having 10% GST levied on their course fees. Australian fees for all other ASSET course participants are subject to 10% GST.

Courses conducted in New Zealand will be invoiced in NZ dollars, regardless of residential country of applicant.

Cancellation policy


  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: 90% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

This policy also applies should you elect to enrol in an alternative course within this time frame.

Course Schedule

ASSET courses are held on various dates and locations across Australia and New Zealand.

ASSET Course Schedule 2016 (PDF 198KB)


For information about course governance please visit ASSET Committee.


Australian Trainees

ASSET Program Administrator
Skills Training Department
Division of Education Development and Assessment
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Fax: +61 3 9249 1298

New Zealand Trainees

Administration Officer
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
PO Box 7451
Wellington South Wellington 6242
New Zealand

Telephone +64 4 385 8247
Fax: +64 4 385 8873