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).

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 comprises a number of stations (typically 16-20), each lasting about 7 minutes. The OSCE examination is intended to test candidates’ practical urgent care abilities and clinical skills.  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.

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 examiner policy described the policies and processes involved.  Results are typically shared to candidates within 10 working days of the exam.

2018 UCPEX

You must have already booked your place. The cut off date for registering to complete UCPEX 2018 is 1 October 2018.


The written paper will take place on Friday 16 November at the Manukau Institute of Technology in Manukau.

You MUST arrive by (time tbc, but likely to be around 4pm). We recommend planning your arrival time to be around 3pm.
Any candidate arriving more than 30 minutes after the start time will NOT be allowed to enter the examination room.  Candidates are not permitted to leave the exam room within 30 minutes of the start time.
The paper will take approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete.
Bring your own pens.


The OSCE will take place on Saturday 17 November at the Superclinic in Manukau.  We will put candidates into 2 or 3 groups, depending on numbers.  Groups will have different start times.  Groups may be asked to arrive early and wait in a holding area, or finish and wait in a holding area, to ensure one group cannot communicate to another group.
Once we know the number of groups, and how many candidates are in each group, we will be able to provide more accurate timings. For now you should allow the WHOLE day, from 8am to 6pm.


Hotel Accommodation

We have arrange a small discount on normal prices at the Sebel hotel in Manukau.  A superior king room is $190 per night.  To take advantage of this discount, we recommend emailing Nicole Tran, , and mention that you are attending the RNZCUC exam on 16th and 17th November and also mention the code BGPG.

The alternative process is to book online:
Enter the hotel name, date(s) of stay, click “additional criteria” and enter “BGPG” into the preferential code box. Click search.
Select Superior Room with 1 King bed. You will be able to ee Pro and Incentive as a choice. Select this and follow online instructions.