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Vocational scope policy

We have set requirements you need to meet before you can be registered to work in New Zealand within a vocational scope of practice.

If you wish to register in a vocational scope of practice, you must satisfy the requirements of:

In summary, to qualify for vocational registration you must:

  • hold the prescribed qualification (ie a combination of qualifications, training and experience) that is assessed as being equivalent to or as satisfactory as the relevant approved qualification
  • be fit for registration (Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA), section 16)
  • be competent to practise medicine in the vocational scope applied for
  • meet our English language requirements
  • complete a period of practice in a provisional vocational scope of practice (if applicable)
  • complete any assessment requirements within a provisional vocational period
  • be competent to practise independently and unsupervised. 

Download Policy on English Language Requirements

If you are an international medical graduate (IMG) and you have applied for vocational registration and do not hold an approved Australasian postgraduate medical qualification such as a Fellowship, Diploma or Certificate, you must also satisfy the requirements of:

Policy on registration within a vocational scope of practice - Doctors who do not hold the approved New Zealand or Australasian postgraduate qualification

Tumescent liposuction policy

If you are registered in a general scope or a vocational scope of general practice and you wish to perform tumescent liposuction you must apply to Council for an expansion to your scope of practice. This policy outlines the Council’s expectations.

Download Tumescent liposuction in general practice

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