Recognition of Prior Learning Policy
Candidates for advanced training who have prior learning and qualifications relevant to the Advanced Training Programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health.
To define the mechanism for reviewing and crediting prior learning for candidates entering the Advanced Training Programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health.
The New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health curriculum states the training will occur in sites accredited for training prior to commencement of training. However, NZCSRH recognises that trainees may have prior learning and qualifications relevant to the Advanced Training Programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health. This may include international medical graduates (IMGs) who have been working within the scope of sexual and reproductive health in countries where there is no specialist qualification, which includes Australia.
Prior learning in the context of the Advanced Training Programme must be substantiated. Candidates must have been accepted for the Advanced Training Programme in order to apply for prior learning to be substantiated, this must be done before commencing training.
Candidates who have been working as a postgraduate doctor in a Sexual Health clinic or a Family Planning clinic within the previous 3 years may have this time recognised towards exemption from that clinical placement upon production of confirmation from a supervisor. In order to be credited the full hours, a completed logbook must be provided in addition to a supervisor’s assessment. Working without supervision will not be considered sufficient for the full placement. However, a reduction in the total number of hours required may be considered for upon production of appropriate confirmation of service. In almost all situations, candidates will need to complete the one-year full time equivalent of supervised training even if other hours are credited from prior learning.
Candidates who have worked in a service relating to a subspecialty topic within the last 3 years may have this time recognised towards exemption from that subspecialty topic but must complete an assignment relating to it.
Candidates trained in procedures covered by the Advanced Training Programme including Long Acting Reversible Contraception procedures, Pipelles and vulval biopsies will need to produce log book evidence of training and will be assessed for competence by their supervisor.
IMGs from countries where there is no specialist qualification, who have been providing sexual and reproductive health care at a specialist level will need to provide evidence to support this experience and training, including any post graduate certificates or diplomas.
Applications can be made to the Educational Advisory Committee. These must be received prior to the start of training, although the final decision of the Educational Advisory Committee may be received after this time. The application must include all evidence of training, including any logbooks, and experience, later submissions will not be considered.
Applications made to the Educational Advisory Committee for recognition of prior learning are considered on a case-by-case basis. The Educational Advisory Committee will review the evidence provided, comparing theoretical training, and clinical experience against the curriculum. A decision will be made as to whether this is sufficiently comparable to the requirements of the Advance Training Programme to excuse the candidate from sections of the curriculum.
Case-by-case consideration may also include further assessment tasks to verify competence and submitted as evidence.
Following consideration by the Educational Advisory Committee, the trainee will be advised to which parts of the programme their prior learning will be cross-credited and from which components the trainee is now therefore exempted.
The decisions regarding recognition of prior learning will be minuted in the records of the relevant meeting of the Educational Advisory Committee and recorded on the trainee’s file.
Any dispute in this regard will be referred to the Trust Board according to the Complaints Policy.
Policy Owner: Educational Advisory Committee
Date: June 2020
Review Date: June 2023