General and provisional general scopes of practice
Medical practitioners registered within a general scope of practice are typically resident doctors or resident medical officers (RMO) and doctors undergoing vocational training, who have fulfilled the provisional general scope of practice requirements.
- General scope of practice
- Provisional general scope of practice
- Registration requirements
- How to apply for (or change) scope
You can apply for registration within a general scope once we are satisfied you have fulfilled the provisional general scope requirements, unless you are exempt.
Use our self assessment tool to find out if you are eligible to apply for registration within a general scope.
Once you are registered within a general scope you must:
- participate in an approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme
- meet the recertification requirements before you can be issued a practising certificate
To ensure you are competent to practise, regardless of your seniority, we initially grant you registration within a provisional general scope of practice.
Note: We may require you to pass an examination or assessment before we grant you registration within a provisional scope.
Your registration will have certain conditions, as are allowed under section 22 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. For example, you need to work under supervision for at least the first 12 months.
Your supervisor will assess whether you are able to work at the standard required for the New Zealand health system. Once we are satisfied you have fulfilled the provisional general scope requirements you can apply for registration within a general scope.
If you are a NZ/Australian medical graduate or have sat and passed NZREX clinical, please refer here for further information.
The registration requirements you must comply with are quite specific.
Refer to our registration requirements page and, for comprehensive information, read the New Zealand Gazette notice.
Download Gazette 2014 (PDF, 112 KB)
You need to make your application using the correct application form, being sure to attach any documentation that is required. Who to send your application to, the fees (if any) you need to pay, the standard processing times and other guidance information will be included with the application form.
To apply visit our General, provisional general and change your scope forms page.