Become a TIPS Instructor


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


Course overview

Tips 125The TIPS course aims to teach junior doctors, surgical Trainees and IMGs the importance of non-technical skills for safe and effective surgical practice. Through interactive lectures, small groups activities and immersive simulation scenarios involving professional actors, participants learn skills in patient-centred communication and teamwork within a clinical setting.

TIPS is a two day course conducted for 12 participants with a faculty of eight instructors.

Approximately 10 courses are run each year. A list of this year's TIPS courses is available on the TIPS Course Schedule.

Teaching on Skills Training courses enables RACS Fellows to claim 1 CPD point per hour, with a maximum of 30 per annum.

Register your interest

Surgeons from all specialties and other medical professionals in a relevant field are welcome to apply to become a TIPS instructor. Please register your interest by:

  • Ensuring minimum eligibility criteria is met Checking against the course prerequisites
  • Completing the Instructor Application form (PDF 1.31MB)
  • Submitting form to
  • All applications to be considered by the TIPS committee

Eligibility criteria:

  • Surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists and emergency physicians
  • Medical professionals in relevant field with interest and/or experience in teaching non-technical competencies
  • Have experience and an interest in non-technical skills development

Prerequisites and training process:

  • Attend a TIPS Provider course as an observer to gain an understanding of the course objectives, content and delivery methods
  • Attend a TIPS Instructor Training Workshop
  • Teach on a TIPS course as an Instructor Candidate to achieve instructor status
  • Teach a minimum of one course per year to maintain Instructor status

The Skills Training Department is the communication link between participants, faculty and the TIPS committee.


TIPS Administrator
Skill 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
Fax: +61 3 9249 1298