Doctors with significant experience and training in urgent care or emergency medicine from a country on the MCNZ’s list of countries with a healthcare system comparable to New Zealand’s (‘MCNZ-CHS’) may be eligible for RNZCUC’s Accelerated Pathway to Fellowship (APF).

This pathway is typically for Fellows of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (FACEM), those who have completed the emergency medicine pathways to become a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and those with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine EMAD qualification.  In all cases, entry to the programme via this pathway is subject to a Board of Censors review of qualifications, experience, and standing. 

The APF process comprises an initial assessment interview, identification of any gaps in knowledge, an individualised training and assessment programme (ITAP), a period of supervised practice, and an exit interview.  This can be completed in as little as six months in some cases.  In the first instance please email the Director of Clinical Training ( who can advise next steps.

From 1 July 2022, an application fee of NZ$500 applies. The fee covers part of the costs the College incurs in assessing your application, developing your ITAP, reviewing any application from your workplace to be considered an RNZCUC-approved training facility, and assisting you in finding an appropriate Supervisor and peer group.  Payment of the application fee does not guarantee entry to the programme, as the other afore-mentioned conditions are often outside the control of RNZCUC.