Becoming an AOA Trainee

SET Selection Regulations for 2017 Intake

Regulations for the 2017 SET Intake are now available. To download the Regulations, please click the link below.

Regulations for Selection to Surgical Education and Training in Orthopaedic Surgery for 2017

Please be advised that the Selection Regulations change on an annual basis. It is imperative that applicants read the Regulations as well as supporting documentation in detail. Incomplete or incorrect applications may result in ineligibility or failure to progress through the Selection process.

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 Regulations, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

Changes to the AOA SET application – 2017 intake

As outlined in the AOA SET Regulations for 2016 (page 25), the following changes will come into effect from the 2017 intake:
  • successful completion of the GSSE will become an eligibility criterion for selection into the SET program
  • points will no longer be awarded to post-graduate anatomy achievements on the CV
  • successful completion of a state licensed Radiation Safety Course will become an eligibility criterion for selection into the SET program.*

*AOA has been advised that Radiation Health QLD will not approve a generalised radiation safety course, but rather will assess the knowledge gained from a course in the instance that an individual applies for a license. In order for QLD applicants to be eligible to apply for Selection, it has been agreed that completion of the “Radiation Safety for Orthopaedic Surgeons” course run by Biomedical Technology Services, Health Support Queensland (previously run for AOA Trainees) will be accepted. For further information regarding this course, please visit Please note that this course is not exclusively approved by AOA. Provided that they are state-licensed, other Radiation Safety Courses in QLD or other states will also be acceptable for QLD applicants.

With regard to the GSSE, a pass in the February 2016 sitting will be accepted (for 2017 intake) provided the applicant includes evidence of successful completion within their application, prior to applications closing.

Queries regarding the 2017 Selection intake should be directed to:

How to Apply to the Surgical & Education Training (SET) Program

Application to the SET Program is a two-stage process:

1.  Registration with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

RACS assesses each registrant against generic eligibility requirements which are common across all surgical specialties. Information on registration can be found on the RACS website.

2.  Apply to the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)

AOA SET Selection application for the 2017 intake have now closed.


SET Selection Enquiries

All enquiries must be sent in writing to

Only enquiries lodged through this email address will be accepted. Phone enquiries will not be accepted.