Professional registration

To enable you to practice as a health professional in New Zealand you will require registration with the relevant associated professional board or council. You will also require a current New Zealand practising certificate.

The role of the professional board is to assess your qualifications against the New Zealand standards and identify any restrictions or additional requirements for your scope of practice. In some cases you may be required to complete additional training to obtain registration and a full practicing certificate. However in most cases, provided that all relevant information is provided and can be easily verified, full registration can be granted.

You do need to be aware that obtaining registration can take between 30 to 90 days. To ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible it is important to provide all information requested in the application and make prompt payment of any associated fees. This may include providing original or verified copies of certificates, criminal record checks from countries where you have resided and identification.

Having already initiated the process for registration to practice in New Zealand will speed up your job application and may result in you being made a job offer subject to obtaining registration and a practicing certificate. This will also help speed up the process of obtaining the relevant permit or work visa with New Zealand Immigration.

For further information on the requirements for your profession and the registration process, please contact the relevant registration board or council. 

List of New Zealand registration boards and councils

ProfessionBoard / Council Contact Details
Audiologist New Zealand Audiological Society Inc
PO Box 9724
New Market
Auckland
New Zealand
Phone/Fax: +64 9 625 1664
Free Phone (NZ Only): 0800 625 166
www.audiology.org.nz (external link)
Dental Therapist New Zealand Dental Therapists' Association Inc
Private Bag 93 115
Henderson
Waitakere City
Ph: +64 9 620 6841
Fax: + 64 9 839 0566
www.nzdta.co.nz (external link)
Dietitian New Zealand Dietitians Board
C/- Registration Boards Secretariate Ltd
PO Box 10 140
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 499 7979
Fax: +64 4 472 2350
www.regboards.co.nz (external link)
www.dietitiansboard.org.nz (external link)
Doctor / Medical Officer / Specialist Medical Council of New Zealand
P O Box 11-649
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 384 7635
Fax: +64 4 385 8902
www.mcnz.org.nz (external link)
Medical Laboratory Technologist / Scientist New Zealand Medical Laboratory Science Board
C/- Medical Sciences Secretariat
PO Box 7242
Wellington South
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 801 6250
Fax: +64 4 381 0270
www.mltboard.org.nz (external link)
Medical Radiation Technologist / Therapist New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board
C/- Medical Sciences Secretariat
PO Box 7242
Wellington South
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 801 6250
Fax: +64 4 381 0270
www.mrtboard.org.nz (external link)
Midwife Midwifery Council
C/- Registration Boards Secretariate Ltd
PO Box 10 140
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 499 7979
Fax: +64 4 472 2350
www.regboards.co.nz (external link)
www.midwiferycouncil.org.nz (external link)
Nurse Nursing Council of New Zealand
PO Box 9644
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 385 9589
Fax: +64 4 801 8502
www.nursingcouncil.org.nz (external link)
Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
PO Box 10-202
The Terrace
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 918 4740
Fax: +64 4 918 4746
Free Phone (NZ only) 0800 99 77 55
www.occupationaltherapyboard.org.nz (external link)
Pharmacist Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand
PO Box 11-640
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 802 0030
Fax: +64 4 382 9297
www.psnz.org.nz (external link)
Physiotherapist Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
PO Box 10-734
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 471 2610
Fax: +64 4 471 2613
www.physioboard.org.nz (external link)
Psychologists New Zealand Psychologists Board
C/-Registration Boards Secretariat Ltd
PO Box 10 140
Wellington
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 499 7979
Fax: +64 4 472 2350
www.regboards.co.nz (external link)
www.psychologistsboard.org.nz (external link)
Speech Language Therapist New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association
N369
Private Bag 92 185
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142
www.speechtherapy.org.nz (external link)