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Important Notice: Delivery of the 2021 Phase 1 and Phase 2 Examinations

The College sent a communique to all candidates on 23 February 2021 regarding the delivery of the 2021 Phase 1 and Phase 2 Examinations. A copy of that communique is available here:  Communication to Trainees 2021 Phase 1 and Phase 2 Examination

Phase 1 Exams

Apply By ExamDateLocationApplication Form
Applications Closed  WrittenFriday 10 September 2021 

One central training site/location per Network and Cliftons Centre for New South Wales Network candidates.

Applications Closed 

Phase 2 Exams

 Apply byExamDateLocationApplication Form
Applications Closed WrittenMonday 5 and Tuesday 6 July 2021

One central training site/location per Network and Cliftons Centre for New South Wales Network candidates. 


Applications Closed 

Pre Phase 2 Exam Interview Form

VivasWednesday 25 August, Thursday 26 August and Friday 27 August 2021 

Cliftons Centres in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney)
and New Zealand (Auckland). 

About the Exams

There are two major exams in the radiation oncology training program:

Phase 1

 The Phase 1 exam is a written examination that assesses your knowledge of the Oncology Sciences. It is usually taken in the second year of training. There are two papers, both of which consist of six short answer questions in the 3 Oncology Sciences subjects:

  • Radiation Oncology Physics
  • Radiation and Cancer Biology
  • Anatomy


Phase 2

The Phase 2 exam consists of written examinations in radiation therapy, clinical oncology and pathology, and vivas (oral exams) and is usually taken in the final year of training:

Written Exams
  • Radiation Therapy 1: five short answer/short essay questions
  • Radiation Therapy 2: five short answer/short essay questions
  • Clinical Oncology: six short answer/short essay questions
  • Pathology: six short answer/short essay questions
  • Planning exam: Oral exam with one long and six short questions (with clinical prompts)  *
  • Clinical cases: Oral exam with eight cases  (with clinical prompts)  *
  • Pathology: Oral exam using six specimen images  *

*  A virtual examination set-up will again be used to deliver the viva examination component for 2021.


To sit the Phase 1 exam, you must be in an accredited training position and must have completed 12 months of training (1 FTE) and all required assessments and prorated assessments. You must take the whole exam at once.

To sit the Phase 2 exam, you must have passed the Phase 1 exam, continued training for a further 18 months (1 FTE) (calculated from date of Phase 1 exam result outcome letter), completed 36 months of training time (1 FTE) overall, rotated to another site for 12 months (1 FTE), completed all required assessments (calculated prorated from training commencement date) and be in an accredited training position.

How to Apply

  • Download the interactive application form for Phase 1 or  Phase 2.
  • Complete the interactive form, including payment for exam fees and any other items required such as passport photos, as directed on the form. No hand written versions will be accepted.
  • For Phase 2, complete and submit the Pre Phase 2 Exam Interview Form.
  • Send the completed application form, including required documentation, by email. We must receive the application by 4pm on the relevant closing date. Late applications are not accepted.
  • An acknowledgement of received application will be sent to you via e-mail within 10 business days of being received. Confirmation of receipt of application will not be provided via phone. Contact the College immediately if you have not received an acknowledgement within 10 business days.

A note for Phase 1 candidates: At the time of the examination you must be employed as an accredited radiation oncology trainee and you must have completed all required training program assessments at the time of applying to sit the examination.

Exam Fees

Trainees pay an examination fee to cover the costs of operating the exams. Visit Fees page

How to Withdraw

If you need to withdraw from an exam, you must inform the College in writing.

If you withdraw up to four weeks before the exam, there is no financial penalty. If you withdraw within four weeks of the exam, you will be refunded 50% of the exam fee.

If you fail to attend the exam you forfeit the exam fee.

Preparing for Exams

RANZCR provides you with access to past exam papers to help you prepare for your Phase 1 and Phase 2 exams.

View Past Papers resource document index

Examination Prizes

The College presents prizes to the most successful candidates in College examinations. Visit our Examination Prizes page for more information.