UK Competent Authority Pathway (CAP) Assessment  for Registration in Australia

The Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) perform assessments of the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas-qualified osteopaths seeking registration to practice as an osteopath in Australia.

 

How to Apply

  1.  Download the Candidate Guide Skills assessment for migration to, and/or registration in Australia
  2. Complete Form 1B-AU UK Competent Authority Pathway
  3. All documents submitted electronically must be certified scanned colour copies of the original document saved as PDF files. Please refer to information on certification below.

 

Standard Pathway versus CAP

StageStandard PathwayCompetent Authority Pathway
Stage 1 Desk Top (Paperwork) AssessmentYesYes
Stage 2 Written ExamYesNo
Stage 3 Portfolio AssessmentYesNo
Stage 4 Practical ExamYesNo
Assessment (Open Book Exam (OBE)) on the guide Information on the practice of Osteopathy in Australia - A guide for graduates trained overseasYesYes
Supervised practice under Provisional Registration for a minimum of six monthsNoYes

 

CAP Eligibility

To be eligible for assessment under the Competent Authority Pathway, you must hold current General Osteopathic Council (UK) registration and have an osteopathy qualification degree from one of the following schools:

 

Institution

Years

British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy)

From 9 May 2000

British School of Osteopathy

From 9 May 2000

College of Osteopaths

From 8 May 2001

European School of Osteopathy

From 9 May 2000

Leeds Beckett University

From 1 September 2007

London College of Osteopathic Medicine

From 9 May 2000

London School of Osteopathy

From 9 May 2000

Oxford Brookes University

From 1 October 2003

Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine

From 1 January 2003

Swansea University

From 15 December 2011

 

CAP FAQ's

What does a ?certified copy? mean and who can certify my documents?

A certified copy is a copy (often a photocopy) of a primary document, that has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy of the primary document. It does not certify that the primary document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the primary document.

 

The only people who can certify your documents are a:

  • Legal Practitioner
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Peace Commissioner
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Commissioner of Declarations
  • Notary Public Judge
  • Magistrate
  • person legally designated to sign documents from an embassy or consulate.

AOAC recommends you ask the person who certifies your application form to certify all other documents.

 

The person who certifies your documents has to:

  • Include this statement on every document: I certify that this is a true copy of the original document
  • Put their signature underneath the statement.
  • State which profession they are a member of (they must be on AOAC?s list of accepted professionals)
  • Include the date, their contact address and their phone number.
  • Apply an official stamp or seal, if available.
  • Submitting incorrectly certified documents may delay your assessment.

 

When and how do I sit the OBE?
The OBE is an online exam. You will be provided with the log in details once your application is assessed as eligible and your exam fee is received.

 

Do I need to to do extra study for the OBE?
No. The questions in the OBE relate entirely to the content of the Information on the practice of Osteopathy in Australia - A guide for graduates trained overseas. All you need is access to this document and the internet.

 

Do I need to hold current GOsC registration?
Yes. You need to hold current GOsC registration at the time you apply and are assessed.

 

I have previously been registered with GOsC however my registration has expired, do I need to hold current GOsC registration?
Yes. You need to hold GOsC registration at the time you apply and are assessed.

 

I have a certificate of good standing from my previous registration with GOsC, do I need to hold current GOsC registration?
Yes. You need to hold GOsC registration at the time you apply and are assessed.

 

Assessment process

  1. AOAC processes your application for assessment of eligibility for the Competent Authority Pathway and checks all associated documentation. Please ensure that supporting documents are certified as per information above.
  2. If AOAC is satisfied that you have met all the requirements, you will then be invited to undertake the Assessment Open Book Examination (OBE) based on the Information on the practice of Osteopathy in Australia - A guide for graduates trained overseas. This exam is multiple choice and completed online. Log in details will be provided once a candidate reaches this stage.
  3. On successful completion of the OBE, you will be issued will a certificate of assessment of qualifications and skills in osteopathy. This is the end of the AOAC process.
  4. Apply to the Osteopathy Board of Australia for Provisional Registration. Once granted Provisional Registration, you will undertake 6 months supervised practice. The Osteopathy Board of Australia defines the supervision and reporting requirements when it grants Provisional Registration.  Supervised practice is not a function of AOAC, information regarding supervised practice is available from the Osteopathy Board of Australia.

Fees

Fees are subject to change without notice and are non-refundable.  Prices quoted are in Australian Dollars.

 

Assessment for Registration in Australia

Application for initial assessment (Stage 1)

$1200

Open Book Exam(OBE) on the guide Information on the practice of Osteopathy in Australia - A guide for graduates trained overseas

$550

 

Appeals

Category 1: Administrative Review

$150

Category 2: Appeals in relation to conduct or procedures of the examinations

$250

Category 3: Special consideration appeal

$250

Category 4: Full appeal

$1000

 

Additional costs will apply for Provisional Registration and General Registration and are payable to the Osteopathy Board of Australia.

 

Submitting supporting documents

Electronic Copies (Certification required)

All documents submitted electronically must be certified scanned colour copies of the original document. This information offers you guidance in attaching documents to your email application.

 

Compressed files

AOAC is not able to accept files that have been compressed. A compressed file is a container for documents, programs or other files that have been packaged together and reduced in size.

 

A common example is files compressed using WinZip® with a ?.zip? file extension. If the document you are attempting to attach is too large we recommend that you create a PDF document.
See: https://createpdf.adobe.com/

 

What can you attach?

AOAC is only able to accept the following file formats:

Extension

File Type

.DOC

Microsoft Word 2002 or older document

.DOCX

Microsoft Word 2007 document

.JPG

JPEG image file

.PDF

Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file

.PPT

Microsoft PowerPoint presentation document

.XLS

Microsoft Excel spreadsheet document

 

The following table details the maximum number, size and allowable formats of files you are able to attach to your application:

 

Maximum number of files

 Maximum size each file

Formats allowed

20

5MB

.DOC, .DOCX, .XLS, .PPT, .JPG, .PDF