The CSL is in its final stage of development and will be published to all registrars once complete.

The Core Skills List (CSL) comprises approximately 36 separate skills and procedures with the techniques and tests itemised for each.  Each of the 36 skills and procedures has an associated set of sub-skills and a checklist. The criteria describe the level of competence at which an urgent care doctor working in an Urgent Care Clinic or Emergency Department should be working. Included are some specialised techniques / signs which are more specific to certain diseases or pathological processes and which would aid the doctor on the disposition of the patient.

16 of the skills checklists are covered at SDAW. Although this weekend is optional, the Education Committee strongly recommend that registrars attend.

Registrars can ask their supervisor, other experienced Fellows or specialists, or the specialist when attending the specialist clinics, to tick and sign the sheets to confirm the registrar’s competence.  On completion, the CSL pages should be scanned and sent to the office (  Retain the completed CSL, whether part of the SDAW handbook or a separate CSL handbook.

Unless granted an exemption for some or all of the skills, all registrars are required to have their skills assessed and competence confirmed prior to the exit interview and achieving Fellowship.

To manage the change-over from practical skills weekend and the CSL, the tables below describe the possibilities showing whether CLS sign off is required or not.

Registrar description

sign-off required?

1 I completed PSW.


2 I was required to complete PSW and haven’t done so.


3 I have been granted an exemption from completing PSW.


4 I have been granted an exemption from completing the CSL sign-off requirement.


5 I have been granted an exemption from completing some of the skills in CSL.

Y (skills not granted an exemption)

*Senior registrars granted an exemption from completing the full CSL because they attended the 2018 SDAW. They have received an exemption letter, and are required to achieve sign-off of the 16 SDAW skills.