Basic Surgical Skills Education & Training


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The Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS) Basic Surgical Skills Education & Training course (BSSET) has been designed to provide a professional, accessible and supportive method of engaging health professionals in basic surgical skills training. Following the BSSET course it is expected that graduates will be confident and proficient foot and ankle surgical assistants. In addition to its stand-alone merit, the course operates as one module within the Podiatric Surgical Training Program.

Fulfilling the course requirements will result in certification by the College of successful completion of the BSSET.


3.1 Cost

ACPS Registrar Member or Student Fee - $1,495.00

ACPS Affiliate Member - $1,990.00

Non ACPS Member - $2,210.00

Participants will need to purchase a suture trainer pack and it is strongly recommended that the following text book is purchased.

Thomson T. Assisting at podiatric surgery: A guide for Podiatric Surgical Students and Podiatric Theatre Assistants. 1st Edition. (2002) Elsevier, London.

3.2 Estimated Hours

It is anticipated that to complete Part A and Part B of the BSSET course students may require approximately 50 hours of commitment including self-directed study and learning. An estimated example of time required for Part A is shown below:

PART A (estimation)

Total 23 hours

Part B requires a similar commitment.

3.3 Timeframe

The course has been designed for participants to complete the modules in their own time, however completion within a 12-month period is required.

*Stage 1 ACPS Registrars may complete the course within the first 12 months of training if not completed prior to acceptance.

3.4 Access

Participants will be provided with course material and student login information upon enrollments once full payment has been made.

3.5 Materials

Course participants will be required to purchase a suture trainer pack consisting of the items listed below.

-Skin Pad(s) with multi layers



-Dissecting forceps


-Needle holder

These items can be purchased as a pack at the suggested online stores below. Many such packs are available online and from medical supply companies, participants may purchase alternative packs containing the essential items if they wish.



3.6 Course Evaluation

The College prides itself on fostering a reflective and adaptive learning environment. As such, both Students and Mentors will be asked to complete an evaluation of the course following completion. All feedback will be confidential and will be used to inform future courses.

See Appendix 5 for Course Evaluation Form.

3.7 Contact

All questions regarding course information, queries and concerns can be referred to:

Matthew Cotchett

Education Officer

[email protected]

Assoc Prof Mark Gilheany

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Chair of Training Committee

[email protected]ootankle.com.au

Your Instructor

Mark Gilheany
Mark Gilheany

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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