NPAAC Certification Modules
The revised Requirements for the Supervision in the Clinical Governance of Medical Pathology Laboratories (Sixth Edition 2021) came into force on 1 August 2019. The College has two pathways to obtain certification. The recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway was developed to ensure that appropriate measures were in place so that Fellows who were supervising clinically-robust molecular and genetic testing services could maintain their involvement. A significant number of fellows have obtained certification via this pathway. This pathway will remain for those fellows who fulfil all the criteria for one or more modules and still wish to utilise this to gain certification. The training and assessment pathway is for fellows who do not have the requisite knowledge and experience to be certified under the RPL pathway. It is acknowledged that this is a complex and constantly changing environment and the content of the modules and approach for both pathways may be required to be amended in the future.
The College is now offering a process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Pathologists who already have the expertise required to supervise this genomics/ molecular/ microbial genomics; who are doing so in a NATA/RCPA-accredited environment, and who have a sound performance record in relevant external quality assurance programs.
For specific Module information, please consult each of the discipline specific handbooks.
The Training and Assessment Pathway will be offered for those who do not meet RPL requirements, but who require upskilling in molecular/genomic methods within their discipline. Requirements for this pathway will be fulfilled through attainment of competency, rather than by a defined training time, with appropriate supervision and both formative and summative assessments. Please refer to the 'Registration Section' of the Handbook for further details pertaining to registration and the examination application process. If you wish to undertake in the Training and Assessment Pathway or require further information, please contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are examples of questions which have been used in the Anatomical Pathology Module 1 Examinations. Model answers are included.
Requirements for the Supervision in the Clinical Governance of Medical Pathology Laboratories (Sixth Edition 2021)
This is a publication for the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) which is managed by the Australian Government Department of Health and outlines the supervision requirements for medical laboratories.