The general practice education programme (GPEP) is the pathway to a specialist career as a general practitioner. 

This three-year training programme is delivered by the College. Completing GPEP takes 36 months full time equivalent (FTE), based on a minimum eight-tenths clinical time a week. Once you have completed this training you will become a Fellow of the College and are qualified to practice as a GP.

Throughout the General Practice Education Programme, you're never on the journey alone. Registrars have an array of educational tools at their disposal:

  • One-on-one GP teacher supervision
  • Seminars and workshops
  • A dedicated online learning platform, Learning Zone, with online modules and discussion forums
  • Peer support
  • Video reviews and patient feedback 
  • College support from a team of GPEP advisors


As an registrar, you will be immersed in a practice environment, working with patients and attending weekly seminars and workshops. Find out more about GPEP1.


This part of the programme prepares you to become a Fellow of the College and a vocationally registered GP. It comes in the form of continued clinical training and learning activities with a focus on reflection. Find out more about GPEP 2/3

Application requirements

Before you decide to become a specialist GP, take some time to identify if you meet the requirements of the programme.  Have a look at our application requirements.  

Curriculum for General Practice

The RNZCGP Curriculum for General Practice outlines the competencies related to the provision of general practice care in New Zealand.  It describes the knowledge, skills and values developed in the General Practice Education Programme.  
Read the Curriculum for General Practice

Fellowship regulations
These regulations govern the pathway to Fellowship. Those currently enrolled in the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) may complete the programme under the previous regulations as specified in the relevant section of these regulations.

Fellowship regulations effective from 1 December 2016
Fellowship regulations effective from 1 December 2019

Pou Whirinaki

Learn about Dr Kēri Rātima, the College's Pou Whirinaki. Kēri provides pastoral and clinical support to maori doctors on the GPEP programme. 

Voluntary Bonding Scheme 
The Ministry of Health administers the annual online Registration of Interest process for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme (the Scheme). If you commence(d) General Practice vocational training in postgraduate year 3 to 6 in December 2019 in a listed hard-to-staff training community, you may be eligible to register. Funding may be available to registrars who train in eligible practices.  For more information please email the Ministry of Health. In addition those registrars not already on the Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) may be eligible to apply for the 2019 intake early in their GPEP1 year. For further details please visit the VBS page on the Ministry of Health's website.

Have you already trained as a GP overseas?
Apply to have your international GP training recognised. If you are not already working in New Zealand, you need to apply to the Medical Council of New Zealand for a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner before applying to become a Fellow of the College. Once you have obtained a practising certificate and provisional vocational registration as a general practitioner, there are a number of pathways to Fellowship depending on your prior experience and training. Find out how to have your international specialist training recognised.

Recognition of prior learning 
Have you completed training in another specialty in New Zealand and want to apply for GPEP? You may be eligible to have this counted towards your GPEP training. Find out about having your prior learning recognised

Community Based Attachments (prevocational training)
For the first time ever, Registrar Medical Officers get an inside glimpse into the ever-changing landscape of community health care, gaining insight into life as a front line doctor.  Learn how a community attachment works.