Certificate and Diploma training

RANZCOG recognises that women’s health services are delivered by a range of medical practitioners, and in locations without a tertiary hospital or immediate specialist assistance.

Introduction

As part of our commitment to ensuring access to high-quality health outcomes for women in Australia and New Zealand, the College offers three women’s health qualifications for medical practitioners:

Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH)

Diploma of RANZCOG (DRANZCOG)

Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG (DRANZCOG Adv.)

These training pathways are intended for GP trainees, registrars and medical graduates.

For more information on the Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma, please see the corresponding sections below.


Training pathways

The three-tier structure of the Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications is reflective of the progressive increase in knowledge and skills required, and the shift toward independent practice as trainees continue from one training program to the next.

Fundamental to these qualifications is flexibility — the College encourages you to select the pathway that best suits your development and personal circumstances.

The three qualifications can be undertaken separately or concurrently, as follows:

PathwayMinimum training
period (approx.)
Maximum
training period
CWH3 months2 years
DRANZCOG6 months2 years
DRANZCOG
including CWH
6 months4 years
DRANZCOG Adv.6 months2 years
DRANZCOG Adv.
including DRANZCOG
12 months4 years
DRANZCOG Adv.
including CWH
and DRANZCOG
12 months4 years

Learning primarily occurs in the workplace with the support of a collaborative community of clinical educators, supervisors and peers. Training is also supported by targeted face-to-face workshops and an integrated suite of 14 self-paced online modules spread across the three qualifications.


Certificate of Women’s Health

The Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH) is intended for medical professionals with a special interest in office-based obstetrics and gynaecology.

This qualification can be undertaken on its own, or in combination with the Diploma and/or Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG.

Following successful completion of the Certificate, you will be qualified to deliver shared antenatal and postnatal care, office gynaecology and family planning.

Eligibility

To undertake the Certificate of Women’s Health, you must be:

qualified in Medicine and Surgery, with a primary degree issued by a medical school listed in the WHO Publication World Directory of Medical Schools

registered with the Medical Board of Australia or Medical Council of New Zealand

undertaking your first or subsequent postgraduate year

Additionally, you must satisfy one of the following requirements:

Currently providing shared antenatal care with a recognised facility, or practising in an established GP clinic with an arrangement approved for training by the College

Currently an RACGP and/or ACRRM registrar in a GP placement where a suitable training mentor is available

Commencing or currently undertaking a hospital appointment in an obstetric resident medical officer (RMO) rotation at post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) and above, generally for a minimum of three months

RACGP: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. ACRRM: Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Apply

To apply for the Certificate of Women’s Health, you must:

1

Secure a training position in an accredited hospital or GP clinic.

2

Nominate a training mentor (who must hold the Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Fellowship of RANZCOG).

If training is hospital-based, your training mentor must be located on-site.

If training is practice-based, your training mentor does not need to be located on-site but must be able to meet with you on a regular basis.

3

Download and complete the following document:

4

Submit your application as instructed on the form, at least four weeks before commencing your training.

Course content

To receive the Certificate of Women’s Health, you must complete the training and assessment requirements outlined below.

EXPERIENCE

Family planning≥ 12 consultations
Antenatal care≥ 70 consultations
Gynaecological≥ 70 consultations

ASSESSMENTS

LogbookRecord of training experience, workplace-based assessments, workshop participation and monthly logbook checks by the training mentor
Workplace-based assessmentsThree paper-based assessments of clinical and procedural skills
Training programMedical termination of pregnancy (mTOP)
Written examination100 multiple-choice questions (2 hrs, 15 mins)

OPTIONAL

WorkshopWomen’s Health Practical Skills

Please see the below sections on the Diploma and Advanced Diploma for more information on undertaking the Certificate of Women’s Health as a combined qualification.

For more information on course content, please follow the link below to the full curriculum:

Modules

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:

CWH1: Basic skills

Communication

Social, cultural, ethical and legal issues pertaining to women’s health

CWH2: Introduction to antenatal and postnatal care

Preconception and early pregnancy counselling

Routine antenatal care

Common problems during pregnancy and the puerperium

CWH3: Special topics in antenatal and postnatal care

Obstetric complications

Initial management of postnatal depression

CWH4: Introduction to gynaecology

Family planning counselling and contraception

Menstrual disorders

Sexually transmitted infections

Gynaecological examinations

Initial management of domestic violence and sexual assault

CWH5: Special topics in gynaecology

Common gynaecological operations

Gynaecological cancers

Menopause

Initial management of ureto-vaginal prolapse, subfertility, abnormal bleeding and urogynaecological problems

Completion requirements

To be awarded the Certificate of Women’s Health, you must complete:

five online modules

logbook requirements, including monthly sign-off by your training mentor

three workplace-based assessments (paper-based assessments of clinical skills)

online mTOP training course for medical termination of pregnancy (unless already an authorised PBS prescriber of MS-2 Step)

written examination, with associated fees

Timeframes

While there is no minimum training period, the Certificate of Women’s Health usually involves a minimum of three months of practice-based or hospital-based training at an accredited training hospital.

All training and assessment requirements must be completed within two years of commencing training, regardless of whether training is on a part-time or full-time basis.

Fees

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.

Training
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
Certificate of Women’s Health Training Fee
$1,444
One-time course fee
Examination
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH) Written Examination
$789
Payable when registration confirmed
CERTIFICATION
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
Diplomate Certification Fee
$393
Payable after Board approval


Diploma of RANZCOG

The Diploma of RANZCOG (DRANZCOG) builds on the skills developed through the Certificate of Women’s Health. It’s intended for medical professionals with a special interest in hospital-based obstetrics and gynaecology.

This qualification can be undertaken on its own, or in combination with the Certificate of Women’s Health and/or Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG.

Following successful completion of the Diploma, you will be qualified to safely undertake non-complex deliveries, and perform basic gynaecological procedures.

Eligibility

To undertake the Diploma of RANZCOG, you must be:

qualified in Medicine and Surgery, with a primary degree issued by a medical school listed in the WHO Publication World Directory of Medical Schools

registered with the Medical Board of Australia or Medical Council of New Zealand

undertaking your second or subsequent postgraduate year

accepted into a training post accredited for the Diploma of RANZCOG

Apply

To apply for the Diploma of RANZCOG, you must:

1

Secure a training position in a hospital accredited by RANZCOG (or an approved combination of hospital and clinic settings if you’re undertaking the Diploma and Certificate together).

2

Nominate a training supervisor who:

is in active obstetric practice in the hospital where you’re undertaking training

holds either the Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Fellowship of RANZCOG

3

Download and complete the relevant application form:

4

Submit your application as instructed on the form, at least four weeks before commencing your training.

Course content

To receive the Diploma of RANZCOG, you must complete the training and assessment requirements outlined below.

EXPERIENCE

ProceduresPersonally perform a minimum number of obstetric and gynaecological procedures
Antenatal care≥ 70 consultations
Gynaecological≥ 70 consultations

ASSESSMENTS

LogbookRecord of training experience, workplace-based assessments, workshop participation and monthly logbook checks by the training mentor
Workplace-based assessmentsFive paper-based assessments of clinical and procedural skills
Training programFetal Surveillance
WorkshopsManagement of Obstetric Emergencies

CPR of a Pregnant Woman

Neonatal Resuscitation
Written examinationDiploma only:
50 multiple-choice questions
(1 hr 10 mins)

Diploma and Certificate:
150 multiple-choice questions
(3 hrs 15 mins)

Please see the below section on the Advanced Diploma for more information on undertaking the basic Diploma as a combined qualification.

For more information on course content, please follow the link below to the full curriculum:

Modules

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-induced disorders

Pregnancy in women with pre-existing medical conditions

DRAN3: Labour

Normal labour and delivery

Complications in labour

DRAN4: Postnatal and neonatal care

Examination of a neonate

Jaundice in a neonate

Neonatal resuscitation

Problems of the puerperium

DRAN5: Procedural gynaecology

Termination of pregnancy

Miscarriage

Marsupialisation of Bartholin’s cysts/abscesses

Completion requirements

To be awarded the Diploma of RANZCOG, you must complete:

five online modules

logbook requirements, including monthly sign-off by your training mentor

five workplace-based assessments of your clinical skills

fetal surveillance training program (unless already completed within the 12 months prior to commencing training)

three workshops (including a workplace-based assessment for each one)

written examination, with associated fees

all Certificate of Women’s Health training and assessment requirements (see section above)

Please note that there is no need to repeat previous training and assessment requirements if you have:

already completed the Certificate of Women’s Health

maintained your knowledge and skills by participating in continuing professional development programs approved by the Conjoint Committee for the Diploma of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Timeframes

The Diploma of RANZCOG involves at least six months of hospital-based training at an accredited hospital, under the supervision of a training supervisor. Both the training program and supervisor must be prospectively approved by the College.

All training and assessment requirements must be completed within:

two years, if undertaking the Diploma only

four years, if undertaking the Diploma in combination with the Certificate of Women’s Health

Fees

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.

DRANZCOG only
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
DRANZCOG Training Fee (CWH training completed)
$1,444
One-time course fee
CWH Upgrade to DRANZCOG Written Examination
$520
Payable when registration confirmed
DRANZCOG and CWH
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
DRANZCOG (including CWH) Training Fee
$2,888
One-time course fee
DRANZCOG Written Examination
$1,052
Payable when registration confirmed
CERTIFICATION
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
Diplomate Certification Fee
$393
Payable after Board approval


Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG

The Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG (DRANZCOG Adv.) builds on the skills developed through the basic Diploma. It’s intended for medical professionals who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills in hospital-based obstetrics and gynaecology.

This qualification can be undertaken on its own, or in combination with the Certificate of Women’s Health and/or Diploma of RANZCOG.

Following successful completion of the Advanced Diploma, you will be qualified to undertake complex deliveries and advanced gynaecological procedures, and to perform basic early and late pregnancy ultrasound scanning.

Eligibility

To undertake the Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG, you must be:

qualified in Medicine and Surgery, with a primary degree issued by a medical school listed in the WHO Publication World Directory of Medical Schools

registered with the Medical Board of Australia or Medical Council of New Zealand

undertaking your second or subsequent postgraduate year

accepted into a training post accredited for the Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG

Apply

To apply for the Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG, you must:

1

Secure a training position in a hospital accredited by RANZCOG (or an approved combination of hospital and clinic settings if you’re undertaking the Advanced Diploma in combination with the Certificate and/or basic Diploma).

2

Nominate two training supervisors, ensuring that:

at least one supervisor is in active obstetric practice in the hospital where you’re undertaking training

both supervisors hold either the Advanced Diploma or Fellowship of RANZCOG

3

Download and complete the relevant application form:

4

Submit your application as instructed on the form, at least four weeks before commencing your training.

Course content

To receive the Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG, you must complete the training and assessment requirements outlined below.

EXPERIENCE

Procedures and scansPersonally perform a minimum number of procedures and ultrasound scans

ASSESSMENTS

LogbookRecord of training experience, workplace-based assessments, workshop participation and monthly logbook checks by the training mentor
Workplace-based assessmentsSeven paper-based assessments of clinical and procedural skills
Case synthesesFive de-identified written case syntheses on a range of obstetric conditions
WorkshopBasic Obstetric Skills
Training programsObstetric Anal Sphincter InjurieS (OASIS)

Medical termination of pregnancy (mTOP)
Summative assessmentFinal written supervisor assessment (with optional formative appraisal feedback prior to this assessment)
Oral examinationEight stations, each involving:

– 2 minutes for reading
– 12 minutes for examination
– 20 marks

For more information on course content, please follow the link below to the full curriculum:

Modules

The four 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:

DRAV1: Advanced obstetrics

Caesarean delivery

Vacuum and forceps delivery

Repair of perineal tears

DRAV2: Advanced gynaecology

Basic pelvic laparotomy

Hysteroscopy

Miscarriage

Termination

DRAV3: Ultrasound

Transvaginal and transabdominal first-trimester scanning

Late pregnancy scanning

DRAV4: Postnatal and neonatal care

Examination of a neonate

Management of a sick neonate

Grief counselling

Completion requirements

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, you must complete:

four online modules

logbook requirements, including monthly sign-off by your training mentor

seven workplace-based assessments of your clinical skills

five written case syntheses on a range of obstetric conditions

Basic Obstetric Skills Workshop

Obstetric Anal Sphincter InjurieS (OASIS) course (unless already completed within the 12 months prior to commencing training)

online mTOP training course for medical termination of pregnancy (unless already an authorised PBS prescriber of MS-2 Step)

oral examination, with associated fees

all Diploma of RANZCOG training and assessment requirements (see section above)

Please note that there is no need to repeat previous training and assessment requirements if you have:

already completed the Diploma of RANZCOG (and/or the Certificate of Women’s Health)

maintained your knowledge and skills by participating in continuing professional development programs approved by the Conjoint Committee for the Diploma of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Timeframes

The Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG involves at least 12 months of hospital-based training at an accredited training hospital, under the supervision of two training supervisors.

Both your training program and supervisors must be prospectively approved by the College.

All training and assessment requirements must be completed within:

two years, if undertaking the Advanced Diploma only

four years, if undertaking the Advanced Diploma in combination with the basic Diploma

Fees

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.

DRANZCOG Adv only
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
DRANZCOG Advanced Training Fee (DRANZCOG completed)
$1,444
One-time course fee
DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination
$2,971
Payable when registration confirmed
DRANZCOG Adv and DRANZCOG
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
DRANZCOG & DRANZCOG Advanced Training Fee (CWH completed)
$2,888
One-time course fee
DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination
$2,971
Payable when registration confirmed
DRANZCOG Adv, DRANZCOG and CWH
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
DRANZCOG Adv. (including CWH & DRANZCOG) Training Fee
$4,331
One-time course fee
DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination
$2,971
Payable when registration confirmed
CERTIFICATION
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
Diplomate Certification Fee
$393
Payable after Board approval


Training sites

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.


Training supervisors

If you’re a current or prospective training mentor or supervisor looking for information or support, please visit our Training Supervisors page.


Contact us

For more information, please contact Certificate and Diploma Services at: dts@ranzcog.edu.au.

Application processing

The College processes training applications in the order in which they are received. Once your application has been processed, you will receive your supporting training documentation, including a logbook and essential information letter.

Please allow four weeks from the time of submission for processing to occur.

If you haven’t received your documentation prior to your nominated start date, you can begin a record of your procedures and then transcribe them into your logbook, once you receive it.

If you haven’t received your training documentation, and four weeks has passed from the time of submission, please contact: dts@ranzcog.edu.au.