AMC account / Portfolio / EPIC verifications
What is an AMC online account?
- If you have not created an AMC online account, you need to do so to view the information and use the available options on your candidate account – use this link.
- If you have created an AMC account prior to 1 October 2015, you need to create a new account to view the information and use the available options on your candidate account link.
- If you have created an AMC online account after 1 October 2015, you can log in to your account by using this link to view the information and use the available options on your candidate account.
What options do I have available on my AMC online account:
A landing page will be available providing you with several options, including:
- establishing an AMC portfolio
- adding your AMC number to your account (if not done so already)
- proceed with the AMC examinations (Please contact the Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) to clarify if you are required to complete the AMC examinations process (AMC certificate) for registration purposes)
- view a summary of your qualification(s) submitted for verification by ECFMG (EICS and/or EPIC verifications)
- add more qualification(s) to your AMC portfolio
- nominate an Australian specialist medical college to have access to your qualification and verification information, and to upload the specialist assessment outcome undertaken by the college.
What is an AMC portfolio?
From 1 October 2015, the paper applications system has been replaced with an online applications methods, referred to as the AMC portfolio. All new applicants without an AMC candidate number must establish an AMC portfolio . If you are a returning candidate with an AMC candidate number, please read the information available on the AMC portfolio page before applying to make sure it is required.
If you are an returning candidate with an AMC candidate number, and need to submit qualification(s) for EPIC verification that has not been EICS verified via the AMC, you will have to establish an AMC portfolio and submit the qualification(s) for EPIC verification.
What is an EPIC / EICS verification?
The verification of medical qualifications is undertaken by Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). From 1 October, qualifications are verified through the ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) process. Prior to 1 October 2015, the AMC processed qualifications through the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS) process.
Why is EPIC/EICS verification required?
The primary source verification of medical qualifications is mandated under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law) for all IMGs seeking registration in any category in Australia.
Does the EPIC/EICS verification of my qualification(s) expire?
No. Once it is completed it will appear on your AMC account.
How do I apply for EPIC verification?
You need to create an EPIC account directly with ECFMG. Please refer to the ECFMG website for further information about the EPIC verifications process.
Why hasn’t the AMC notified me of my EPIC verification progress?
The EPIC process is between yourself and ECFMG. Refer to your EPIC account for progress updates, or contact ECFMG directly if you have any further enquiries or concerns about your EPIC request. The AMC is not involved in the EPIC verifications processes.
Does the AMC issue an EPIC certificate after the verification was completed?
No. However, you can apply for an EPIC report via your EPIC account.
Will the AMC receive an EPIC outsource notification of my qualification(s)?
As you upload each qualification to EPIC verification, request that a report be sent to AMC automatically once the qualification has been verified. If you do this, the AMC will also receive an outsource notification when your qualification is sent for verification.
Will the AMC automatically receive the EPIC report of my qualification once it has been verified?
If you requested a EPIC report be sent to the AMC when you uploaded the qualification to EPIC, a report will be sent automatically once your credential is verified. If you did not request a report to be sent to the AMC when you uploaded the qualification, you will need to request for your report to be made available to the AMC via your EPIC account.
What about the EICS verifications of my qualification(s) previously completed via the AMC?
The verification of those qualifications, if undertaken via the AMC, is still valid and will appear on your AMC account.
If the EICS verification was undertaken by the AMC and still outstanding, you need to resubmit the qualification to ECFMG for EPIC verification. You will have to establish an AMC portfolio as well (if not done so already).
Do note if the EICS has been undertaken not through the AMC, you have to create an EPIC account and provide your EICS number on the account, and submit your qualification for EPIC verification.
Can I obtain a copy/reprint of the EICS verification of my qualification(s)?
Yes. Refer to the Request for reprint of EICS certificate form to be completed, email it to the AMC for processing. The reprint will be mailed by using normal mailing services, however, if you prefer courier collection and delivery, you need to make your own arrangements and provide a completed waybill with your request form to the AMC. If you don’t have a courier account, a pre-paid courier service is available.
What is a basic medical qualification (primary qualification / final medical diploma)?
A basic medical qualification (primary qualification / final medical diploma) is the formal qualification awarded after completion of a course of study in medicine (clinical), surgery and associated disciplines that enables the person holding the qualification to work as a medical practitioner in Australia.
General (non-specialist) medical registration in Australia requires a practitioner to complete a comprehensive program of training and examination.
Basic medical training consists of a primary medical degree obtained from a medical school accredited by the AMC after completion of one of the following:
- an undergraduate course in any discipline and then a 4-year, graduate entry medical course
- an undergraduate medical course of 5 or 6 years duration
- a 12-month internship in approved/accredited posts.
This qualification is referred to as a Primary qualification with the AMC, however ECFMG refer to this as the Final Medical Diploma.
What if my medical qualification (primary qualification/final medical diploma) has not been awarded yet?
The Medical Board of Australia (AHPRA) requires for the final “hang on the wall” diploma (for e.g. MBBS, etc). to be verified for medical registration purposes (refer to step 1 below). This qualification is referred to as a Primary Qualification with the AMC, however ECFMG refer to this as the Final Medical Diploma.
Do note that if you have not yet been issued with the final “hang on the wall” diploma, other documentation options are available (refer to below options):
- Final Medical Diploma – the diploma issued by your medical school or university after you have completed all requirements for and been awarded your medical degree. The Final Medical Diploma may also be referred to as the Primary Medical Qualification, Carton Degree, Conferral Certificate, or Decorative Degree; this is the credential used for framing and wall-hanging purposes. You may upload only one final medical diploma to EPIC. For the title of the medical credential ECFMG requires as the Final Medical Diploma, please see the Reference Guide for Medical Education Credentials on the ECFMG website.
- Alternate Graduation Document – a document, other than a final medical diploma, issued by your medical school or university confirming that you graduated (passed all examinations and completed required internship period) from medical school and are eligible to receive your medical degree.
- Final Medical School Transcript – the transcript issued by your medical school or university after you have completed all requirements for and been awarded your medical degree. Transcripts may also be known as mark sheets, time sheets, or hour sheets, and should include a listing of all subjects studied and your grades/marks for each subject.
IMPORTANT: If either a final medical school transcript or alternate graduation document / medical school letter for verification, AHPRA might require you to submit your final medical diploma for verification when applying for registration as well.
What if I don’t have my medical qualification(s) available (lost / damaged etc.)
Please contact ECFMG directly to enquire what alternative document(s) can be accepted.
Can I apply if I have Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO USA) primary qualification?
The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) has agreed to accept the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO USA) a primary medical qualification for the purposes of medical registration provided that the DO USA was awarded by a medical school which has been accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association and recognised by both the Australian Medical Council and the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDoMS) if listed on the AMC website as an eligible medical school. For more information, refer to the Medical Board of Australia’s website.
What is a specialist medical qualification?
Contact the relevant specialist medical college for information about the specialist medical qualification requirements. All colleges are listed on the Medical Board of Australia’s website.
Which specialist qualification(s) should be added to my AMC account and submitted for EPIC verification?
Contact the relevant specialist medical college for information about the specialist medical qualification requirements. All the colleges are listed on the Medical Board of Australia’s website.
Why do I still require verification of my qualification if I’m already registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)?
Please contact the Medical Board of Australia to enquire if verification of your medical qualification/s is still required.
How long does the AMC take to process my portfolio application?
Once you have submitted your portfolio, please allow approx. 1-3 working days for the AMC to process, but it may take longer if there are unforeseen circumstances. If you are a new applicant, your AMC candidate number will be confirmed in an email once your application has been processed, with further instructions.
How do I find out about the progress of my application?
Access your AMC account for options available on the landing page to provide you with information and/or status updates.
Did the AMC receive my email?
You will receive an automated response to confirm that the AMC has received your email. Please allow 1-3 working days for a response, but it may take longer if there are unforeseen circumstances. If you do not receive an email, your email address may not be valid and you should contact the AMC (Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm AEST).
Can I change my address details over the telephone or by email?
Yes. The AMC will change your address details over the phone, but if the AMC representative is unable to hear you clearly on the phone, you might be requested to complete a Change of address form to ensure that the correct information is recorded. Change of address details cannot be amended via email unless a completed Change of Address form has been included.
Can the AMC answer questions about registration to practise medicine?
No. You should contact the Medical Board of Australia for information about registration.
Can the AMC answer questions about internships?
No. You should contact the Medical Board of Australia for information.
Can the AMC answer questions about Competent Authority eligibility requirements and application?
No. You should contact the Medical Board of Australia for information.
Can the AMC answer questions about Specialist pathway (specialist recognition / training / area of need / short-term training)?
No. You should contact the relevant specialist medical college for information. All the colleges are listed on the Medical Board of Australia’s website.
How do I apply for a visa for entry to Australia?
The AMC does not handle visas. If you are outside Australia, you should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
How can I obtain employment in Australia?
The AMC does not process applications for employment in Australia. Information about employment is available from Australian state and territory health authorities, including Doctor Connect.
How can I obtain a Medicare provider number?
The AMC does not have information about Medicare provider numbers. Information about Medicare provider numbers is available from the Australian Government Department of Health.
How can I authorise an agent (third party nominee) to act on my behalf?
Under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the AMC is generally not permitted to disclose personal information about a candidate to a third party (e.g. agent, employer) without the candidate’s consent. A candidate may authorise a third party to communicate or act on the candidate’s behalf by completing the Authority to Receive Information Concerning an AMC Candidate Applicant form.