Standard Pathway

The Standard Pathway is for international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking general registration with the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) and involves completion of the written examination (CAT MCQ) and the structured clinical examination of the Australian Medical Council (AMC) or approved workplace based assessment program.


The Standard Pathway is for IMGs who are not eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway or the Specialist Pathway.

IMGs who have a primary qualification in medicine and surgery awarded by a training institution listed in the current International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), can apply for assessment under this pathway.

The Standard Pathway has two alternative processes leading to the award of the AMC Certificate:

  • Standard Pathway (AMC examinations) - Assessment is by examination only—the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination. Most non-specialist applicants will be assessed through this method.
  • Standard Pathway (workplace-based assessment) - Assessment is by examination and workplace-based assessment—the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and workplace-based assessment of clinical skills and knowledge by an AMC-accredited authority. Currently assessment programs in four states have been accredited to pilot workplace-based assessment. As a result, relatively few applicants are assessed through this pathway.

IMGs on the standard pathway must successfully complete a 12 month period of supervised practice (minimum of 47 weeks full time service) in an approved position.

Primary source verification

Part of the Standard Pathway process, through the AMC, is the primary source verification of an IMG’s primary qualifications through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) International Credentials Services (EICS).

For further information about primary source verification, click here.

How to apply

IMGs on the Standard Pathway apply directly to the AMC. For information on how to apply, click here.

Process summary

Standard pathway flow

Medical registration

The AMC has no role in processing applications for registration or in granting registration, which is a function of the Board, the registration authority of Australia.