Training in Professional Skills

Course overview

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

Participant Testimonials

"Opportunities to explore the team environment in a difficult situation and have the opportunity to debrief and reflect on the principles"

"Tutors/facilitators were the best part of the course. A great deal of fun. Wonderful educational experience"

"Excellent actors and plenty of time for all team members to take part in simulations"

"A great immersive course that should be compulsory for surgical Trainees "


To attend TIPS all participants must be Medical Graduates Post Graduate Year (PGY) two or over with an interest in a surgical career. Surgical Education and Training (SET) Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMG) undergoing assessment with the College are given preference for course places, followed by doctors PGY2+ who are intending to apply to SET.

You must be eligible at the time of enrolment.


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


2016: Australia

  • Trainees - $2,075.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,165.00 (incl. GST)

2016: New Zealand

  • Trainees - $2,430.00 (incl. GST)
  • Non-Trainees - $3,670.00 (incl. 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

Note: Courses are not run in every state.

TIPS Course Schedule 2015 (PDF 188KB)

TIPS Course Schedule 2016 (PDF 201KB)


For information about course governance please visit TIPS Committee.


TIPS administrator
Skills Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7419
Facsimile: +61 3 9249 1298