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Entry into the SET training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is highly competitive.

Applicants are required to meet the RACS generic eligibility criteria and the NZ PRS specialty specific selection criteria. RACS eligibility criteria are published annually on the RACS website.  NZ PRS Selection Regulations are reviewed and updated annually and published on this page.

The selection process explores the abilities, experience, work performance and personal qualities of applicants that would enable them to perform the required duties of a SET trainee, achieve the objectives of the SET programme, and become a skilled and highly competent Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

All enquiries should be sent in writing to

Important Notices:


It is difficult to predict the number of training positions available for 2024, due to unknown factors such as trainee interruptions, however the estimated number of positions available for selection in 2023, for the 2024 intake, will be limited to a maximum of one or two positions.  These may potentially be limited to positions in the second rotation of the SET training year.


SET applicants in 2023 (for 2024 training year) do not require the Clinical Exam prior to application. 

SET applicants in 2024 (for the 2025 training year) will be required to have successfully completed the Clinical Examination, as an eligibility requirement.

Applicants are limited to three eligible attempts.

From 2022, CV scoring for Professional Development will only score activities undertaken post graduation from medical school.

The following documents are available to potential applicants.

2023 PRS SET Selection Regulations

2023 PRS CV Scoring Guidelines

Key Dates for 2023 Selection

  • Selection Registration Opens (RACS) Tuesday 10 January 2023 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Registration Closes (RACS) Tuesday 31 January 2023 5:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Opens (NZAPS) Wednesday 1 March 2023 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Closes (NZAPS) Wednesday 29 March 2023 12:00pm AEDT
  • Referee Reporting April through May 2023
  • Selection Interviews Friday 21 July 2023, in Wellington
  • Deadline for First offers Monday 24 July 2023
  • Last Date for Offers Friday 10 November 2023

Registration and Application for Selection

Selection registration is via the RACS website. NOTE: this step is essential even if you have applied previously. Applications cannot be accepted if registration has not been completed.

Applications for the NZ PRS SET programme are now open.  Please follow the link below to the application form.

Please note:  The link will be live from 2:00pm, Wednesday 1 March 2023 and will close Wednesday 29 March 2023 at 2:00pm.

Application Fee

Applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee at the time of application. This will be collected by RACS on behalf of NZAPS at the time of application. The 2023 application fee is $1,100 (excl. GST)