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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, approved by the RACS Education Committee 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 must be sent in writing to

Important Notices:

UPDATE November 2023

One applicant was appointed to the PRS SET Programme in 2023 for the 2024 intake.

It is estimated that there will be TWO SET Trainee positions available for SET Selection in 2024 for the 2025 intake.

SET applicants in 2024 (for 2025 training year) do not require the Clinical Exam prior to application. The clinical examination will be an eligibility  requirement in 2025 (for the 2026 training year).

Applicants are limited to three eligible attempts.

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

All potential applicants should review and be familiar with the 2024 PRS SET Selection Regulations

Key Dates for 2024 Selection

Selection Registration Opens:  Tuesday 9 January, 12 noon AEDT

Selection Registration Closes:  Wednesday 31 January, 12 noon AEDT

Selection Application Opens (earliest date):  Wednesday 21 February, 12 noon AEDT

Selection Application Closes (latest date):  Tuesday 26 March, 12 noon AEDT

Referee Reporting Opens:  Wednesday 24 April

Referee Reporting Closes:  Wednesday 22 May, 20:00pm AEST

Interviews:  Friday 14 June 2024, Wellington

Last Date for first round offers:  Wednesday 24 July

Last Date for final offers:  Friday 8 November

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.

2024 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 application fee is based on cost recovery and has been set at $1,500 (excl. GST) for 2024 applications.