The UCPEX examination is held on the second or third weekend of November each year.  The examination comprises a written paper and an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination).

Typically, the written exam takes place on the Friday morning at a location in Auckland suitbable to take the numbers attending. The OSCE takes place on the Saturday, at Manukau Super Clinic. We usually hold two OSCE on the same day.

    • The morning group should plan to arrive by 7.30am and to be allowed to leave by around 12 noon.
    • The afternoon group should plan to arrive by 11.30am, and to be allowed to leave by around 4pm.

The written paper comprises true/false, short-answer questions, and multiple-choice questions.  All questions derive from the Urgent Care Course material. The answers required are those given in the material supplied on the course.

The OSCE examination is intended to test candidates’ practical urgent care abilities and clinical skills.  The OSCE comprises a number of stations, each lasting about 7 minutes. You may be asked to examine a patient, demonstrate a technique, or to interpret an investigation, such as a test result, x-ray or ECG. There may be patients or patient actors present.  In 2020 patient interaction will be via zoom.

We have created general instructions for those seeking further guidance. There is also a detailed coordination page which we are leaving ‘live’ for information. This is updated for the UCPEX one or two months ahead of the UCPEX.

A clear pass in RNZCUC’s clinical notes audit is required before sitting.

The Board of Censors are responsible for the examination. An examination and assessment policy describes the policies and processes involved.  Results are typically shared to candidates within 10 working days of the exam.