ABCP

Information For Prospective Students, Trainees and Overseas Qualified Perfusionists

Information For Prospective Students
Student Registration

In order to gain practicing certification, the candidate must be deemed suitable to work in an unsupervised manner by their training hospital. Students are then required to present to the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) to sit the Board entrance exams. Pre-requisite entry for this examination requires:

  • Completion of the ABCP Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion
  • Presentation of a log book detailing the completion of 200 cases.
  • Hospital / Supervisor sign off.
  • The exam format consists of:

  • Short answer essay questions (3 Hours)
  • Multiple choice questions (2 Hours)
  • An oral examination (50 minutes)
  • It is a requirement that all students currently undergoing a traineeship within a hospital and who intend on presenting to the Board examinations register their student status with the ABCP. Periodic progress reports will also be required to be submitted following the completion of every 50 cases. These progress reports will need to be signed off by both the student and supervisor and will enable the ABCP to track student progress and maintain communication with students and supervisors. They are available to download below.

    The ABCP would like notification of all students currently undertaking a training programme within a hospital. Please address this to:

    The Secretary, ABCP. Email: admin@anzcp.crg

    Trainee Sheets (PDF) to download

    Trainee Procedure Score Sheet
    Trainee Perfusionist Assessment Sheet


    Perfusion Course Details

    The Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion was launched in 2012.

    Entry to the course is restricted to non-certified perfusionists or trainee perfusionists employed by accredited hospitals or private perfusion groups in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong who have a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or equivalent (as deemed by the ABCP).

    There are three terms per year each of 11 weeks duration, with an exam for each module at the end of the term. The ABCP will be providing PowerPoint presentations for some of the subjects, and providing students with a manual that has a clear set of learning objectives, outcomes, goals and references for each module.

    Term 1
  • Anatomy
  • Introduction to Perfusion
  • Term 2
  • Physiology
  • General Sciences (Chemistry, Physics and basic electronics and electrical safety)
  • Term 3
  • Pathology
  • Perfusion Equipment
  • Term 4
  • Pharmacology
  • Techniques and Technology
  • Term 5
  • Clinical Application of Bypass Techniques
  • Research Project*
  • Term 6
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Paediatric Perfusion
  • *Terms 4-5
  • Research Project
  • Logbook of 200 Clinical Cases
  • *The research project can start at the beginning of term 4, and finish at
    the end of term 5 – and so is likely to take most of the year. It will comprise and involve one of the following:

  • Original clinical research
  • Clinical Audit
  • Literature Review
  • If the student and their unit has access to a lab and equipment the Board would be happy for them to pursue a topic of their choosing. If however they do not, or don’t wish to they can either submit a clinical audit, or a literature review.

    All the research topics will need to be approved by the ABCP. Students will be required to submit a progress report on their research project at the end of semester four. Final assessment of the project will occur when the student presents their research project at the ANZCP Annual Scientific Meeting following completion of their project.

    Costs for the course are $450 per module except for the research project for which there is no fee.

    The ABCP will commence the next course in September 2018. The 2018-2019 timetables are here:

  • Clinical Perfusion Course 2018
  • Clinical Perfusion Course 2019
  • Any queries about the course should be directed to the Course Coordinator via admin@anzcp.org


    Information for Internationally Qualified Perfusionists

    Employment as a perfusionist in Australian and New Zealand is via application to individual hospitals.

    It is expected that once employed, the applicant will commence the process for gaining certification by attaining the CCP (Aust.) The Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusion has a defined process for assessment of overseas trained perfusionists prior to certification. The assessment takes into account the applicant's primary tertiary qualification and where this was undertaken; the applicant's perfusion qualification and where this was undertaken; the equivalency of training with the College training program; experience following training and graduation, among other criteria.
    Depending on perfusion qualifications, training and experience the College may recognise equivalency, and an applicant may be deemed eligible to sit the ANZCP / ABCP final certification examinations. Alternatively, an applicant may have to complete the College certification via enrolling in the Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion (the Course).

  • The Course is a structured series of modules done via distance education, and facilitated via an ABCP approved Supervisor.
  • The candidate must have a B.Sc. degree or equivalent (https://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf-qualifications), with study in relevant disciplines (which could include Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Anatomy, Pharmacology etc.)
  • The Course is limited to those in current employment, as a perfusionist trainee, in an approved Hospital providing full perfusion and CPB services.
  • Applicants must have been employed for a minimum of three months before their application can be considered.
  • The College is not an agent to link international Perfusionists with employers nor does it arrange sponsorship or visas.

    Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the College at admin@anzcp.org.

    This information is accurate as at February 2018.

    Please note: The ANZCP and ABCP are currently reviewing policy for the certification of foreign qualified perfusionists. Details will be posted once finalised.


    Information for Graduates interested in training as a Perfusionist in Australia or New Zealand

    There is currently no university-based tertiary course for perfusion training and education in Australia or New Zealand. The Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) has provided a Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion (the Course) since June 2011:

  • The candidate must have a B.Sc. degree or equivalent (https://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf-qualifications), with study in relevant disciplines (which could include Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Anatomy, Pharmacology etc.)
  • The Course comprises a structured series of modules done via distance education, and facilitated via an ABCP approved Supervisor.
  • The Course is currently limited to those in current employment, as a perfusionist trainee, in an approved Hospital providing full perfusion and CPB services.
  • Applicants must have been employed for a minimum of three months before their application to undertake the Course, can be considered.
  • Of note - this Course is not a Diploma of Perfusion, but does lead to Certification (i.e. the post-nominal CCP (Aust.)) and eligibility for Fellowship of the ANZCP.

    In regard to obtaining entry into a trainee program and the Course, an applicant will generally have to apply directly to a hospital or perfusion group for an advertised position. These positions are usually advertised on the www.anzcp.org website and / or on the hospital's website. A list of hospitals / perfusion groups which have provided training.

    Alternatively, an applicant may choose to communicate directly to a hospital / perfusion group in writing expressing interest. It is up to the individual hospital and the Perfusion Management as to recruitment, and the Board has no control. The College is not an agent to link international Perfusionists with employers nor does it arrange sponsorship or visas.

    It is envisaged that students will be able to complete the course in two to three years.

    Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the College at admin@anzcp.org.

    This information is accurate as at February 2018

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