Assessment of Procedural & Surgical Skills (APSS) - Core & Advanced

Assessment of Skills

As part of the training curriculum, trainees' performance of key O&G surgical procedures must be assessed. The assessment process is administered through the Training Programs section of the College.

The list of the specific procedural and surgical skills to be assessed, and the relevant deadlines, can be found in the FRANZCOG Curriculum page. Trainees who commenced in the training program after 1 December 2013 can also check their time in training deadlines by selecting the “Post 2013 AR Due Report” through the “Reports” tab in My.RANZCOG. 

Assessment Process

A trainee's performance in each of the required procedures will be assessed by the trainee's Training Supervisor or an appropriate consultant. For assessments due at or before the end of two (2) years of training (or time in training, for trainees commencing after 1 December 2013), senior registrars can also act as assessors.

A separate assessment form must be used each time a trainee is assessed on any of the required procedures.

Trainees are strongly encouraged to do at least three formative assessments before attempting the definitive summative assessment. This is to maximise feedback from consultants on their performance before completing the summative APSS.

When a trainee feels confident in being able to perform the procedure with minimal input from the assessor, they can then attempt a summative APSS. The summative APSS is to be submitted through My.RANZCOG (i.e. upload a scanned copy) prior to the relevant deadline listed in the FRANZCOG Curriculum.   For detailed instructions on how to submit your APSS form online, please refer to the resources below:

Further information regarding this assessment process can be found in the relevant FRANZCOG Curriculum and Handbook page.

If you require additional support or have any questions, please email [email protected].


For trainees commencing after 1 December 2016:

APSS Ultrasound A (due 104 weeks CTIT) 
•    Part 1: First trimester transabdominal
•    Part 2: First trimester transvaginal
•    Part 2: Second/Third trimester

APSS Ultrasound (by end of Year 2) Form (PDF)

APSS Ultrasound B (due 208 weeks CTIT)
•    Part 1: First trimester assessment of bleeding +/- pain
•    Part 2: Fetal growth and wellbeing assessment 
•    Part 3: Acute third trimester presentation 
•    Part 4: Third trimester twin pregnancy assessment

APSS Ultrasound (by end of Year 4) Form (PDF)

Please note that a separate assessment form must be used each time a trainee is assessed on any individual procedure.



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