Examinations for Certificate of Women's

Health (CWH) & Diploma of RANZCOG

2020 Examination Dates
2020 Examinations
Examination Date Applications
Written exams
Cycle 1
31 January 2020
Closed Closed
Cycle 2
6 October 2020
Closed Closed
Oral exams
Online Exam
30 August 2020
Closed Closed
Cycle 2
13 December 2020
Closed Closed

**The December 2020 DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination will be available to only those who had previously registered for the cancelled November 2020 Examination. Candidates will be contacted with details which requires completion prior to eligibility checks for the examination.


2021 Examination Dates

Dates for the Cycle 1 examinations (January – June 2021) have been confirmed. Other dates are currently under review for the 2021 examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes the addition of extra examinations to support candidate progression due to cancellations and limitations required during 2020.  Please contact the Assessments Team at [email protected] if you require further details.

2021 Examinations
Examination Date Applications
Written exams
Cycle 1
29 January 2021
1 October 2020 5:00 PM AEDT 2 November 2020
Cycle 2
9 July 2021
1 March 2021 5:00PM AEDT
1 April 2021
Oral exams
Cycle 1
28 March 2021
1 October 2020 5:00 PM AEDT 2 November 2020
Cycle 2
12 September 2021
1 March 2021 5:00PM AEDT
1 April 2021

Applications close at 5pm AEDT/AEST. Late applications will not be accepted. 

DRANZCOG Advanced trainees who wish to sit the DRANZCOG Written Examination and the DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination in the same semester must apply for both examinations by the stipulated closing date.


Examination Applications

Those seeking to apply to sit examinations can view Examination Applications for more information on the application process, and links to the online application forms.


You can view the current fees under Assessment & Examination Fees on the Fees page.



Before submitting an examination application please refer to the RANZCOG Regulations to check eligibility requirements.

CWH and DRANZCOG: Written Examination Information

Trainees enrolled in the Certificate of Women’s Health program (CWH) must complete the CWH Written Examination.

Trainees enrolled in the DRANZCOG or the DRANZCOG Advanced programs must complete the DRANZCOG Written Examination.

CWH trainees who have already sat and passed the CWH Written Examination and wish to upgrade to the DRANZCOG or DRANZCOG Advanced programs must complete the CWH Upgrade to DRANZCOG Written Examination.

Details regarding eligibility for the CWH and DRANZCOG Examinations can be found in the RANZCOG Regulations. Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with all the regulations pertaining to examinations prior to submitting an examination application.

Examination Format

Examination Number of MCQs Examination time
CWH 100 2 hrs 15 mins
DRANZCOG 150 3 hrs 15 mins
CWH upgrade to DRANZCOG 50 1 hr 10 mins

Candidates are required to sit all RANZCOG Examinations in an electronic format.  Any requests for examination accommodations must be made by application for Special Consideration accompanied by evidence of the exceptional grounds for the application.  All applications should be sent to [email protected].

Examination Resources

For CWH and DRANZCOG written examination resources, please log in to eLearning CLIMATE.

DRANZCOG Advanced: Oral Examination

The DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination is a carefully planned and highly structured examination. It is designed to test the clinical competence of a candidate in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology from across the DRANZCOG Advanced curricula (CWH/DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Advanced).

The examination format

  • The examination comprises 10 stations  
  • Each station is scored out of 20 marks; a total of 200 marks are available in the examination
  • Candidates are allowed four minutes reading time before each station and are examined for 12 minutes at each station. 
    • Note: Previously the first station of each examination included an additional 2 minutes of interaction time. As of 2019, this additional time will no longer be provided. 
  • Stations may contain multiple encounters
Stations may have an examiner playing the role of the patient or have a standardised patient (actor).  In all stations candidates should use non-technical language to explain the situation or the results and avoid the use of jargon and acronyms.
The examination is scored using a global (holistic) scoring method.  Candidates will be assessed using the following domains*:
  • History and Examination
  • Investigations and Interpreting Results
  • Treatment/Management
  • Clinical Knowledge
  • Complex, Urgent or Unusual Clinical Presentations
  • Rapport with Patient, Support Person and/or Colleague
  • Respect of Patient, Support Person and/or Colleague
  • Communication Skills

*Each station will assess a number of these domains.
The following are critical topics in the DRANZCOG Advanced Curriculum and some of these may be included in the examination:

  • Management of antepartum haemorrhage
  • Instrumental deliveries
  • Management of eclamptic patient
  • Resuscitation of neonate
  • Management of postpartum haemorrhage
  • Management of pre-eclampsia
  • Management of shoulder dystocia

DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination Venue

The DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination will be held at the world class, fit for purpose facilities at Adelaide Health Simulation (AHS) which is part of The University of Adelaide. 

DRANZCOG Advanced: Oral Examination Resources

The following resources may assist trainees with their preparation for the DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination. 

DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination Summaries 

DRANZCOG Advanced OSCE Summary April 2017 (PDF)

These are summaries of the DRANZCOG Oral Examination which was set to a different format than that used for the new DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination. 

DRANZCOG Oral Examination Summaries 

DRANZCOG OSCE Summary September 2016 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary April 2016 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary September 2015 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary March 2015 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary September 2014 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary April 2014 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary September 2013 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary April 2013 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary December 2012 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary September 2012 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary April 2012 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary September 2011 (PDF)
DRANZCOG OSCE Summary March 2011 (PDF)

Examination Results

Those who have recently undertaken examinations can view Examination Results for instructions on how to log in and access their results.


More information

For enquiries regarding CWH and DRANZCOG examinations, please contact the Assessment team.

Email: [email protected]




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