A basic physiotherapy qualification is achieved by either a 4 year undergraduate course or a 2 year graduate entry masters course. Following qualification, the physiotherapist works for several years in musculoskeletal physiotherapy before acceptance into a university based 1 year full time (or equivalent) postgraduate course.

Specialisation is governed by the Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP).  To be accepted into the training program, a candidate must have postgraduate qualifications with subsequent significant experience in the area.

Involvement in clinical work, teaching, research and ongoing education is highly regarded by the College when considering admission of potential candidates into the 2 year training program.

This program involves intensive study, work and peer review, at the end of which the candidate is assessed for suitability to progress to final examinations.

These are conducted by the ACP and successful graduates must demonstrate very high levels of expertise in the musculoskeletal physiotherapy to gain fellowship of the ACP.

Basic physiotherapy qualification – Work – Postgraduate university qualification in musculoskeletal physiotherapy – 2 year training program through the ACP – Examinations – Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapy.