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CERTIFICATION

The ACPSEM takes responsibility for the training of graduate physical scientists for Certification as Medical Physics Specialists and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists in Australia and New Zealand. We administer this training through our own world class Training Education and Assessment Program (TEAP) which combines post-graduate study with full-time competency-based training and assessment in an ACPSEM accredited clinical department.

ACPSEM currently offers training and education programs in three disciplines:
  • Radiation Oncology Medical Physics (ROMP)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physics (DIMP)
  • Radiopharmaceutical Science (RPS)

TEAP is the only pathway to Certification in any of the above disciplines.

Certification is a pathway to qualification for recent university graduates only. Experienced Radiation Oncology and Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physics practitioners seeking an ACPSEM qualification bypass the Certification Process and need only apply for Registration as a Qualified Medical Physics Specialist under the Experienced Candidate category.  Experienced RPS practitioners must still apply for Certification in order to be registered as a qualified Radiopharmaceutical Scientist. This requirement will, however, expire at the end of 2020, with the replacement procedure to correspond with that already in place for experienced Medical Physics practitioners.

Certification is awarded by the Professional Standards Board. 

Newly certified medical physics specialists and radiopharmaceutical scienctist are automatically admitted to the ACPSEM Register of Qualified Medical Physics Specialists and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists.

ACPSEM TRAINING, EDUCATION AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (TEAP)

TEAP equips university graduates entering the clinical medical physics and radiopharmaceutical science professions with the required knowledge and practical skills for ACPSEM certification. 

All three training and education programs are underpinned by ACPSEM’s commitment to the safety and efficacy of the medical physics and radiopharmaceutical science professions, and to the professional standards pertinent to their practice. The structure and content of each program ensures that participants are educated and trained in line with established standards of expertise, safe practice, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance.

STRUCTURE
TEAP entails:
  • The completion of an ACPSEM accredited/approved postgraduate degree in Medical Physics or Radiopharmaceutical Science (this may be completed prior to enrolling in TEAP*)
  • Structured in-service clinical training working as registrar in a clinical department that has been accredited for the purpose of this training by the ACPSEM
  • Progressive competency attainment and summative written and practical assessments and/or examinations (ROMP and DIMP); or
  • Progressive competency assessment (RPS).
DURATION.

A standard TEAP program takes 3 - 5 years to complete. The program length can vary on an individual basis as determined by the specialty, an individual's highest level of education upon entry into the program, and any prior learning and/or assessment elements. 

Although TEAP has traditionally combined post-graduate study with clinical training and assessment, trends have shifted and increasingly more applicants are opting to join the program once they have completed the entirety of their post-graduate studies. 

For registrars who enrol in TEAP having already completed their postgraduate study in medical physics, completion in three years is expected. For those registrars who enrol without a postgraduate degree, this three year baseline is extended by the nominal length of the Masters or PhD that they enrol in. 

 

Full details of the TEAP Program and its entry and completion requirements are outlined in the Policies and Procedures below

TEAP Admission Policy TEAP Program Admission Procedure
TEAP Enrolment Policy TEAP Enrolment Procedure
TEAP Progression and Completion Policy  
Certification Policy Certification Procedure










CERTIFICATION PANELS

The Radiation Oncology Certification Panel (ROCP), Diagnostic Imaging Certification Panel (DICP) and Radiopharmaceutical Science Certification Panel (RPSCP) each manage the certification and registration programs for their discipline. They establish competency standards, administer the TEAP examination process, assess and oversee candidates for certification, and provide clinical specialist advice on standards and competency.