What is workplace-based assessment?
Workplace-based assessment tests a doctor's performance in
everyday clinical practice. The Standard Pathway (workplace-based
assessment) allows you to complete the clinical component of your
assessment in a workplace setting rather than through the AMC Clinical
How do I know whether I am eligible for the Standard Pathway (workplace-based assessment)?
You are eligible to apply to the AMC for assessment through the
Standard Pathway (workplace-based assessment), if you meet the
- You have authorised the AMC to begin the primary source verification process through the EICS.
- You have passed the AMC CAT MCQ Examination (onshore or offshore).
- You have obtained limited registration from the Medical Board of Australia.
- You are working in an AMC-accredited workplace-based assessment program.
You can begin a workplace-based assessment program before
the EICS primary source verification process has been completed, but the
AMC will not issue you with the AMC Certificate before it is completed.
If I am registered (under area of need or similar provisions) and
employed, can I take part in the workplace based assessment program?
If you have sat and passed the AMC CAT MCQ Examination (onshore or
offshore) and you are employed in a clinical position at an AMC
accredited workplace-based assessment authority, you are eligible to
apply for workplace-based assessment. The accredited authority has the
final responsibility for offering places in its workplace-based
Why is workplace-based assessment available at so few sites?
The workplace-based assessment pathway is a relatively new
development. At present only a limited number of authorities have been
accredited to undertake workplace-based assessment on a pilot basis. If
the pilot programs prove to be successful, the AMC hopes that other
authorities will apply to have similar programs approved.
Find out more about how your employer (hospital) can become an accredited authority by contacting us at
Do I have to be working in a clinical position to be eligible for workplace-based assessment?
Yes. The workplace-based assessment option is available only to
international medical graduates already working in clinical positions at
If I cannot get a clinical position or limited registration
with the Medical Board of Australia, can I sit for the AMC Clinical
Yes. The Standard Pathway (AMC examinations) is available to you if you satisfy the eligibility requirements.
If I am working in a non-clinical position in the health sector, am I eligible for workplace-based assessment?
No. You must be working in a clinical position. If you are working
in a clinical position, you can proceed through either the Standard
Pathway (AMC examinations) or, where available, through the AMC Standard
Pathway (workplace-based assessment).
Can I apply for the AMC Clinical Examination once I have started the workplace-based assessment program?
No. Once you have paid for and started the workplace-based
assessment program, you cannot apply for the AMC Clinical Examination.
If you withdraw from the workplace-based assessment program, you can
apply to sit for the clinical examination or reapply to do
workplace-based assessment at a later date. Withdrawal fees may apply
depending on the time you withdraw from either program (workplace-based
assessment or clinical examination).
How much will it cost?
The cost of completing the workplace-based assessment varies for
the different authorities. Please check with your employing authority to
determine the cost of the assessment.
Where authorities have implemented their own assessment fee, there
is also an additional AMC fee. You can find out the current AMC fee by
. Be sure to include in your email the name of the authority that will be employing you.
For authorities who have yet to implement their own assessment
fee, the cost of completing the workplace-based assessment for the
Standard Pathway will be the same as the current fee for the AMC
Do I get the AMC Certificate if I pass the workplace-based assessment program?
Yes. If you pass the workplace-based assessment program at an
AMC-accredited site, you will receive an AMC Certificate once the
results have been verified by an AMC examiner results subgroup and all
other eligibility requirements have been met.
If I fail the workplace-based assessment, can I reapply?
If you fail the workplace-based assessment, you may be able to
reapply to the accredited authority to repeat it, provided you continue
to be registered by the Medical Board of Australia. Alternatively, you
can apply or reapply to the AMC to sit for the AMC Clinical
If I do my workplace-based assessment in one state, is it recognised in another state?
Satisfactory completion of the workplace-based assessment and award
of the AMC Certificate will be recognised in all states for
registration purposes. Partial completion cannot be recognised in
another accredited workplace-based assessment site.