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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.

From November 2021, NZAPS will be managing the SET selection process for NZBPRS. All enquiries should be sent in writing to

Important Notices

Applicants are limited to three eligible attempts.

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

SET applicants in 2023 (for the 2024 training year) will be required to have successfully completed the Clinical Examination Clinical Examination.

The following documents are available to potential applicants.

2022 PRS SET Selection Regulations

2022 PRS SET Selection CV Scoring Guidelines

Key Dates for 2022 Selection

  • Selection Registration Opens (RACS) Wednesday 12 January 2022 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Registration Closes (RACS) Wednesday 9 February 2022 5:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Opens (NZAPS) Wednesday 2 March 2022 12:00pm AEDT
  • Selection Application Closes (NZAPS) Wednesday 30 March 2022 12:00pm AEDT
  • Referee Reporting April through May 2022
  • Interviews 10 June 2022 (subject to COVID-restrictions)
  • Deadline for First offers Monday 25 July 2022
  • Last Date for Offers Friday 11 November 2022

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 be completed.

Applications for the NZ PRS SET programme will be via the following link which is also accessible via the RACS website.

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 2022 application fee is $1,100 (excl. GST)