The General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) is the pathway to a specialist career as a general practitioner.

Our programme will equip you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be a competent and valued member of your community.

The programme will support you to build on the knowledge and experience you have gained from hospital and university and adapt it to the context of general practice. Our specialist training programme is delivered in general practice environments and is supported by a programme team that includes practice teachers, medical educators, our two clinical leads (Northern and Southern), and College programme advisors. 

The programme will be a personal and experiential journey for you, and you will be encouraged and supported to reflect on and learn from real-life experiences. This is a journey that will both challenge and reward you.

The GPEP pathway

GPEP is a three-year full time equivalent (FTE) training programme. Part time options are available. You will be eligible to apply for the programme once you have completed at least two years in hospital-based, prevocational training. 
Once you have completed 36 months on GPEP, you will undertake a Fellowship assessment. If successful, you’ll become a Fellow of the College and will be qualified to practice as a GP.



Programme structure

GPEP is delivered in two stages: 

GPEP year 1

This is your first year on the programme and is completed over 12 months (FTE). You’ll be immersed in a practice environment, working with patients and attending weekly seminars and workshops. Find out more about GPEP year 1

GPEP years 2 and 3

This part of the programme prepares you to become a Fellow of the College and a vocationally registered GP. You will be in a mentoring relationship with a Fellow of the College who supports you to adapt, expand and reflect on your  clinical training and learning activities. Find out more about GPEP years 2 and 3

Educational tools and support

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/medical educator supervision
  • Seminars and workshops
  • A dedicated online learning platform, Te Ara, with online modules and discussion forums
  • Peer support
  • Video reviews and patient feedback 
  • College support from a team of GPEP advisors