ACPSEM Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert Certification and Online Course

The June 2020 Focus Newsletter (Presidents Words) announced that the ACPSEM Board had approved the creation of a new certification ACPSEM Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert (MRSE).

The ACPSEM is pleased to announce its first ACPSEM MR Safety Expert (MRSE) online course. The course will run by means of webinars and off-line assignments from September 2020 to March 2021 and include preparatory work in late August. Successful completion of the course, assignments and associated assessments will lead to Certification as an ACPSEM MR Safety Expert (MRSE).

The course is open to ACPSEM members and registrars who have, or intend to develop, a safety involvement with MRI in the diagnostic, radiation oncology or research sectors. Please note that spaces will be strictly limited and registration on the course is subject to criteria including:
  • Previous experience
  • Access to the MRI environment and,
  • Geographical location (must be Australia and New Zealand)

The inaugural Chair of the ACPSEM MR Safety Assessment Panel (MRSAP) is Prof. Donald McRobbie. Other members of the panel, including external experts, are in the process of being appointed.

The online format has been developed to enable this training to be delivered in the prevailing pandemic-constrained environment.


1.2 Magnetic materials 1-Sep-2020 4PM AEST
1.3 Magnetic forces 15-Sep-2020 4PM AEST
2.1 Static magnetic field 29-Sep-2020 4PM AEST
2.2 Time-varying gradient field 13-Oct-2020 4PM AEDT
2.3 Radiofrequency field 27-Oct-2020 4PM AEDT
2.4 Acoustic noise 10-Nov-2020 4PM AEDT
2.5 MRI during pregnancy 24-Nov-2020 4PM AEDT
2.6 Contrast agents 8-Dec-2020 4PM AEDT
Holiday Break
3.1 Passive implants and devices 12-Jan-2021 4PM AEDT
3.2 Active implants 26-Jan-2021 4PM AEDT
4.1 Suite design 9-Feb-2021 4PM AEDT
4.2 Occupational exposure 23-Feb-2021 4PM AEDT
4.3 Management of MR safety 9-Mar-2021 4PM AEDT



Interested applicants should apply and each application will be separately assessed for eligibility. Applicants uncertain about their eligibility should apply and have their application assessed as pre application advice will be limited. Although registrars may wish to contact Chris Boyd to discuss TEAP workload related matters.

A wait list of eligible applicants will be created if the course is oversubscribed and these persons will be registered for the next available course.


For further information and to apply, please click here.

Course costs

  • ACPSEM Members  $1300
  • ACPSEM TEAP Registrars  $200

(Note: preference will be given to registrars who are members of the ACPSEM, and other College members)


Registrations will OPEN on Monday 29 July 2020, via the ACPSEM website, at 5pm. The website will enable access to the application form via the events calendar.

Registrations will CLOSE no later than Monday 17 August 2020. Over subscription of suitable candidates may result in an earlier closing date and this would be announced by email to all members.


DIMP Registrars can use the course to complete optional TEAP modules and at the same time be certified as an ACPSEM  MR Safety Expert, and ROMP Registrars (who meet eligibility requirements) are also invited to apply and will also be awarded the certification.

However, Registrars are advised that:
  • The workload is significant and, for example, greater than that required to meet the DIMP MR optional module requirement.
  • Therefore those already finding TEAP challenging to complete should think carefully before registering.

Registrars will require a letter of support from their supervisor.