The Diploma of RANZCOG builds on the skills developed through the Certificate of Women’s Health. It involves a minimum of six months hospital-based training (or a combination of hospital-based and practice-based training), under the supervision of a training supervisor.
The Diploma can be undertaken on its own, or in combination with the Certificate of Women’s Health and/or Advanced Diploma.
Following successful completion of the Diploma, you will be qualified to manage pregnancy and labour, deliver postnatal and neonatal care, and perform basic procedures associated with termination and miscarriage.
Please refer to the documents below for more information on the Diploma of RANZCOG training program processes and curriculum.
HANDBOOK AND CURRICULUM
HANDBOOK AND CURRICULUM
Training and assessments
To receive the Diploma of RANZCOG, you must satisfactorily complete all requirements outlined below within:
two years, if undertaking the Diploma only
four years, if undertaking the Diploma in combination with the Certificate of Women’s Health
|Procedures||Personally perform a minimum number of obstetric and gynaecological procedures|
|Antenatal care||≥ 70 consultations|
|Gynaecological||≥ 70 consultations|
|Logbook||Record of training experience, workplace-based assessments, workshop participation and monthly logbook checks by the training supervisor|
|Workplace-based assessments||Five paper-based assessments of clinical and procedural skills|
|Training program||Fetal Surveillance|
|Workshops||Management of Obstetric Emergencies|
CPR of a Pregnant Woman
|Written examination||Diploma only:|
50 multiple-choice questions
(1 hr 10 mins)
Diploma and Certificate:
150 multiple-choice questions
(3 hrs 15 mins)
If you’re undertaking the Diploma and Certificate concurrently, you must also complete all training and assessment requirements for the Certificate of Women’s Health — please follow the link below for more information.
Requirement: Submission of logbook, signed off monthly by your training supervisor.
The logbook is a daily record of your procedural and other training experiences. It’s used to monitor your experience and ensure that it’s appropriate for your level of training, by the following:
Detailed instructions on how to document and submit your training assessments can be found in the logbook, which is also available to download:
Requirement: Five assessments, documented using the corresponding forms and within your logbook.
A workplace-based assessment is a paper-based evaluation of your clinical skills during a normal working day. During a patient encounter or procedure, a suitable assessor will utilise the relevant form to assess your performance against the standards described for each criterion.
A suitable assessor is one who has worked with you and can make a balanced and informed judgement of your performance. In addition to your training supervisor, this could be another ‘teacher’ who has guided and supported your knowledge and skill development.
For example, other consultants or registrars who are RANZCOG members, and have been approved by your training supervisor to act as assessors.
Detailed instructions on how to conduct each assessment can be found on the corresponding forms. It’s imperative that trainees and supervisors familiarise themselves with the instructions, assessment criteria and clinical descriptors of ratings before undertaking a workplace-based assessment.
Further details of the workplace-based assessments can be found in the Diploma of RANZCOG Curriculum.
Please follow the links below for more information:
Fetal surveillance training program
Requirement:* Proof of attendance, and a corresponding record within your logbook (or an exemption if you’ve completed an approved program within the 12 months prior to commencing the Diploma).
*For trainees commencing after 1st January 2022.
Trainees must complete the Fetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP), or another approved equivalent program.
FSEP is a RANZCOG training program that includes the following topics:
Physiology of fetal heart rate control
Cardiotocograph interpretation, including the importance of obtaining a complete clinical picture
Normal vs. abnormal cardiotocographs, including management and a case-study workshop
The College also offers an online version of FSEP, known as OFSEP, which gives you access to individual login and progress tracking, online quizzes and a certificate of completion.
Requirement: Three workshops, assessed at each session by your training supervisor and documented within your logbook.
Workshops promote active learning and include practical activities to optimise your participation. The workshop content has been developed from the curriculum, with clearly articulated learning outcomes to support development of your clinical and procedural skills, and your preparation for assessment. Workshops are delivered at various locations within Australia.
Workshop requirements for the Diploma of RANZCOG include:
Management of Obstetric Emergencies
CPR of a Pregnant Woman
Diploma only: 50 multiple-choice questions (1 hr 10 mins)
Diploma and Certificate: 150 multiple-choice questions (3 hrs 15 mins)
Please follow the link below for information and resources relating to examination applications, preparation and results, including key dates and contacts.
Trainee feedback questionnaire
This is a confidential, compulsory questionnaire that you submit to the College at the completion of your Diploma of RANZCOG training — it’s not for assessment purposes.
The questionnaire assesses the training hospitals, rather than individuals within hospitals, so that future training can be modified and improved. The questionnaire asks you to rate and comment on various aspects of your training, including the standard of supervision and clinical experience.
Questionnaire responses are collated by the Training, Accreditation and Recertification (TAR) Subcommittee of the Conjoint Committee for the Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (CCDOG).
You may submit the questionnaire anonymously if you prefer.
Please follow the link below to download the form:
The five online modules provide access to a range of dynamic resources and learning tasks. Each module is mapped to the curriculum, with clearly stated learning outcomes.
Trainees can access and complete the modules in any order, and at their own pace, via the RANZCOG e-learning system, Acquire.
The subject areas for each module are as follows:
DRAN1: Basic skills
Quality assurance methodology and practice
Documentation and coding practices
DRAN2: Antenatal care
Complications in pregnancy
Pregnancy in women with pre-existing medical conditions
Normal labour and delivery
Complications in labour
DRAN4: Postnatal and neonatal care
Examination of a neonate
Jaundice in a neonate
Problems of the puerperium
DRAN5: Procedural gynaecology
Termination of pregnancy
Marsupialisation of Bartholin’s cysts/abscesses
Please note that the training and examination fees are payable in Australian dollars (AUD), and are not subject to Australian GST.
The College will send you instructions for payment via email.
To be eligible to enrol on the Diploma of RANZCOG register, you must:
Satisfactorily complete all training and assessment requirements (including all Certificate of Women’s Health requirements).
Download and complete the following document:
For more information on RANZCOG training hospitals, including a full list of accredited sites in each state, please follow the link below to our Training Sites page.
If you’re a current or prospective training mentor or supervisor looking for information or support, please follow the link below to our Training Supervisors page.
A range of member wellbeing services are available to trainees experiencing professional or personal difficulty during training. The College encourages you to access these supports in times of stress, anxiety or poor health.
For more information, please click to expand the sections below, or follow the link to our Member Wellbeing page.
Please explore the links below to learn more about the committees with oversight and responsibility relating to the Certificate of Women’s Health.
Policies and procedures
The below policies are relevant to the Diploma of RANZCOG and may be of interest.