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Vocational Registration

Vocational registration is a form of permanent, specialist registration which allows you to work independently in New Zealand.

There are 36 areas of medicine, or ‘vocational scopes’ which are recognised by us. These are areas of specialised medical practice, each defined by an accredited postgraduate training programme and qualification.

Benefits of vocational registration

Holding a vocational scope means that you:

  • are recognised by Council as a specialist
  • can work independently in New Zealand
  • may prescribe specialist medications
  • may obtain funding for certain types of medications
  • are able to supervise other doctors.

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Areas of medicine

The areas of medicine currently recognised by us are listed on the types of vocational scope page.

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Registration requirements

You can find out more information about requirements for registration here.

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