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

GPEP registrars have an array of educational tools at their disposal:

  • One-on-one GP teacher supervision
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Learning Zone online modules and discussion forums
  • Peer support
  • Video reviews and patient feedback 
  • College support through the GPEP programme team

Completing GPEP takes 36 months full time equivalent (FTE), based on a minimum eight-tenths clinical time a week.

GPEP1

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

GPEP2/3

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.
Explore GPEP2/3

Entry 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 entry requirements and fees.

Programme guide

Everything you need to know about the course, from curriculum to the academic components, laid out in the comprehensive programme guide.

Read the GPEP programme guide

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. This revision of the regulations comes into effect on 1 December 2015. 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.
Read the Fellowship regulations

Do you see yourself living in the countryside? Voluntary Bonding Scheme 2017 

The Ministry of Health will open the 2017 online Registration of Interest process for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme (the Scheme) early in 2017. If you commence(d) General Practice vocational training in postgraduate year 3 to 6 in December 2016 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 2017 intake early in their GPEP1 year. For further details please visit the VBS page on the Ministry of Health's website.    

Already have prior experience in general practice

The College recognises a variety of prior training and experience that could reduce your GPEP course time.
Find out if you are eligible

Community Attachment (prevocational training)

For the first time ever, Resident 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.