PGY2 Requirements from 2025 onward

As of 2025, all PGY2s are required to meet certain requirements as stipulated by the Australian Medical Council’s National Framework for Prevocational (PGY1 & PGY2) Medical Training (Prevocational Framework) to obtain the new AMC Certificate of Completion.

Although the Postgraduate Medical Council of WA (PMCWA) has always accredited Resident Medical Officer positions, the involvement of PGY2s with the Prevocational Framework is new in 2025 and comes with additional requirements for PGY2 prevocational trainees and their employing health site. It is important to note that this does not equate to a two-year internship. Medical graduates will continue to need to satisfactorily complete a period of supervised clinical training accredited by PMCWA as a PGY1 to become eligible for general registration as per the Medical Board of Australia’s Registration Standard.

The following PGY2 requirements will need to be met in order to obtain an AMC Certificate of Completion:

  • Complete a minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service:
    • including professional development leave
    • over a maximum of 4 years
    • with a clinical year structure of a minimum of 3 terms (maximum of 5) of at least 10 weeks.
  • Rotate through terms with the following clinical experiences:
    • Undifferentiated illness care
    • Chronic illness care
    • Acute and critical illness care
  • Only spend a maximum of 25% of the clinical year in any one subspecialty
  • Only undertake a maximum of 25% of the year in service terms (relief and nights) (learn more about service terms here)
  • Be assessed as meeting satisfactory overall performance.

Do they apply to you?

  • The above requirements are relevant for prevocational trainees that:
    • Are completing their PGY2 training requirements. This includes those in their PGY2 year of employment and those in their PGY3+ year of employment who may still be working towards completion of the PGY2 requirements, AND
    • Have general registration with the medical board.
  • The above requirements are NOT for prevocational trainees that:
    • Are international medical graduates with limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia, OR
    • Are completing their PGY1 training requirements in their PGY2 employment year. Those who have been unable to complete their PGY1 requirements in their first year of employment will continue to work toward their PGY1 requirements.

Navigating your PGY2 training year

  • PGY2 training vs PGY2 employment: Your PGY2 training year may be different to your PGY2 employment year. You do not need to necessarily complete your PGY2 training year to progress to your PGY3 employment year and the associated pay rate.
  • Your CPD Home: the Medical Board of WA has indicated that “doctors in postgraduate year 2 positions who are participating in a structured program that leads to a certificate of completion” are exempt from the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Registration Standard and therefore do not need a CPD Home. As indicated by the standard, a PGY2 must be participating in the program, which includes meeting the PGY2 requirements, to be exempt. NB: If a prevocational trainee needs to complete PGY2 training requirements within their PGY3 year, they are still exempt.
  • AMC Certificate of Completion: In order to meet PMCWA accreditation standards, employers of PGY2s are required to ensure that all PGY2 terms and programs are aligned with the AMC Certificate of Completion. However, from an individual PGY2 perspective the implications of not obtaining your certificate of completion are not clear. Given that it is understood the AMC are working with specialist colleges to have it included in their college entry requirements and employers must provide terms that are compliant, the result is that all PGY2s will be required to meet the requirements for the AMC Certificate of Completion.
  • Your responsibility for split contracts: If you choose to undertake a split contract (6 months at two different sites), both employers will cooperate to attempt to provide the necessary term allocations to complete PGY2 requirements, however in these circumstances it will ultimately be the responsibility of the PGY2 prevocational trainee. If the sites are unable to provide the necessary term allocations, the PGY2 may have to use part of their following clinical year to meet the requirements.
  • Your term assessments: Given your performance in each of your terms is a requirement for PGY2 it is important to obtain completed term assessment forms from your term supervisors. We encourage you to initiate this with your term supervisor if it’s not being progressed.
  • Take your leave: With professional development leave built into the 47 weeks and adequate time during a 52-week clinical year to take other leave, it is recommended you work with your employer to take leave in your PGY2 year.

The information above is also contained in this PGY2 Fact Sheet

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